Praying for Mountain Brook

This week’s posts will finish up the “M” municipalities of the metro-B’ham area. I can’t believe how close we are getting to praying through every one of them. We are currently praying through how we might continue praying and posting after we finish the list of cities. If you have any ideas or suggestions, we would love to hear them. Just leave a comment  below.

Located in Jefferson County

Web site http://www.mtnbrook.org/

Mayor Lawrence Terry Oden

Incorporated on May 24, 1942

Named Mountain Brook in the 1920’s reportedly because of the many brooks running through the hilly community.

2010 population 20, 413

  • Opened for settlement after the War of 1812
  • Area originally referred to as “Watkins Branch” after early landowner Daniel Watkins
  • Also called Waddell
  • Developed in 1929 by Robert Jemison
  • Warren Manning was responsible for the General Plan of Mountain Brook Development, which was designed to protect and preserve open space.
  • First city in Alabama to operate under the Council-Manager form of government
  • Listed as one of the 10 wealthiest communities in the United States
  • Home of the first office park in the nation built in 1955

Notable residents: Wayne Rogers, Kate Jackson, Courteney Cox, Bart Starr

Romans 12:10-13 – “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.”

Heavenly Father, thank You for the way You have economically blessed the city of Mountain Brook. It is according to Your plan and purpose that they have prospered so, and we thank You for raising up wise men and women to be wise stewards of their resources that helped build up that city into everything that it is today.

We pray that Mountain Brook would not only be a city known for its prosperity, but also for the love among its citizens. In a community known for prosperity, there is a tendency to let it become one’s identity and one’s standard for everything else. We pray that You would protect Mountain Brook from that shallow standard. We pray that the residents of this city would be blessed with a deep and abiding love for one another. Bless them with humility and with a real identity based on who they are in Christ. Lord, give the community of Mountain Brook a diligent spirit with which to serve You and Your kingdom. May Your name be proclaimed among them and through them into the surrounding communities and even into the world.

Father, we pray for Mayor Oden and all the leaders of this city. We pray for the joy of the Lord to be their strength, enabling them to hope in You through anything life brings to them. Compel them to seek Your face in prayer in their personal lives as well as in their city leadership responsibilities.

We pray that Mountain Brook would be a hub of Kingdom resources, not out of compulsion or obligation, but out of a sense of joy and desire to bless You with what You have blessed them. We pray for a spirit of rejoicing to be on those who have been called to sow into Your kingdom. Raise up the Church in Mountain Brook to be Your hands and feet and heart to the residents. Give the shepherds in this city wisdom and insight to know how to best minister to the saints and to the whole community.

Father, may Mountain Brook be blessed as a city of joy, peace, hope and brotherly love. Amen.

 

Praying for Kansas, Alabama

It’s a state! It’s a music group! No, it’s a town in Alabama!!! I know that was corny, but I couldn’t resist. It was either that or somehow using Dorothy’s quote from the “Wizard of Oz”, especially since this Kansas has also seen its share of tornadoes.

Located in Walker County 47 miles north of Tuscaloosa

Mayor Sheila Clark

Incorporated in 1956

2012 Population 224

  • First recorded land owner was James Tittle on November 28, 1822

  • A 1917 tornado destroyed much of Kansas. In 1961 another tornado destroyed Kansas School

  • Veterans Memorial Park in Kansas pays tribute to residents of Kansas who died in wars.

  • Annual events

    • Kansas Day, celebrated on the Saturday before the first Sunday in May (Decoration Day), features food, rides, and an auction.  Proceeds from the event are used for the renovation and upkeep of Veterans Memorial Park

  • Notable Residents

    • Cotton Clark, an Alabama football player in the early 60’s who played halfback under Coach Bryant

    • Lloyd Nix, quarterback of Auburn’s 1957 national championship football team and recipient of the 2010 Auburn University COSAM (College of Science and Mathematics) Alumni Award

Psalm 46:1-5 – “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble.  Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, through the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy dwelling places of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.”

Lord God, thank You for being our refuge and strength. You are mighty to save. Nothing is too difficult for You.

We pray for this town of Kansas today, Father. May it know You as its refuge and strength. You have sustained them through storms and time. We pray that You would give the people of Kansas a deep and abiding assurance that You will sustain them through the fiercest storms of life. Set them free from fear. We pray that You would be their unshakeable Rock and Firm Foundation. Turn their hearts toward You, Lord Jesus, more than at any other time in their history.

We lift up Mayor Clark to You, Lord, along with the other city leaders of Kansas. May Your Spirit be poured out on them, to refresh them and make their hearts glad in You. Move them to make decisions that would make Kansas a town in which Your Spirit can dwell. As verse 10 from this same passage says, we pray that they would cease from their striving – whether it’s in their jobs as city leaders, or in their homes or families – and acknowledge and know that You are God. May their lives and their choices exalt You in their midst, as well as among their city and the nations.

We pray that Kansas would be known as a city filled with the Spirit of God. Dwell in her midst, God. May the river of Your Spirit flow through Kansas, bringing life and joy. Firmly establish this town for Your purposes and Your glory. Amen.

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Argo, AL – A Town of Two Counties

Greetings in the name of the Lord! Today we will be praying for Argo. It was difficult to find information on this town. I would really like to know where the name came from. If anyone out there knows, please share it with us.
Here is what I did find out:
. Straddles 2 counties – St. Clair and Jefferson
. Neighbor is the city of Trussville
. Population is made up of mostly married couples
. Low poverty rate
. Tornado and earthquake activity is above state average.
(Hasn’t that been said of nearly every city we’ve prayed for so far??)
. Land area is 12.2 sq. miles

Eph. 6:10 – (Amplified) “In conclusion, be strong in the Lord and be empowered through your union with Him. Draw your strength from Him, that strength which His boundless might provides.”

Lord God, You are our strength and shield; a very present help in times of trouble. You are our provider. You provide pardon for our sin; peace for our storms; and Your own presence to guide us and comfort us. May we continue to look to You in good times, bad times, and all the times in between, because You alone are strong and mighty. You alone have boundless might.

We thank You for how you have blessed the city of Argo. You have blessed them with peace and prosperity. Lord, we are like sheep, and we too easily forget that every good and perfect gift comes from Your hand. We pray that the city leaders and the people of Argo would recognize that Your hand has provided the good things they enjoy. Keep them from being deceived into thinking it was by their own hand that they have come to enjoy their prosperity, but instead cause it to draw the city of Argo closer to You. The blessing of prosperity can become a curse if it causes us to turn away from You or reject You.

May the people of Argo draw their strength from You. Unite their hearts to honor and revere Your name. Teach the leaders how to walk with You, so that they can experience Your strength and power in their lives. May the Church in Argo rise up in the power that is theirs because of their union with You. May they lift up the name of Jesus in their city, Who is their strong tower, so that the righteous may run to it and be safe.

We lift up the young families in Argo, and ask that You would protect them and uphold them with Your righteous right hand. It is so hard to raise a family and sustain a marriage in our culture today. They need the strength that comes from Your boundless might. Cause them to draw on that power that comes through a personal relationship with You. Teach husbands what it means to be strong in the Lord rather than their own strength. Teach wives how to draw from Your power as they seek to be in union with You and with their husbands.

Protect the people of Argo from the wiles of the devil, and teach them how to stand in the strength of the Lord. We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

What does the Lord lay on your heart as you pray for Argo?