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ALABAMA
State Prayer Focus
 
Admitted: Tuesday, December 14, 1819
Capital: Montgomery
Population: 4,464,356 (2001)
Nickname: Heart of Dixie
State Bird: Yellowhammer
State Flower: Camellia
State Tree: Longleaf Pine
Official Website: http://www.alabama.gov
Alabama State Archives: http://www.archives.state.al.us/aaa.html
General State Information: http://www.50states.com/alabama.htm
AL-USSPN Site: http://www.AL-USSPN.injesus.com


 
ALABAMA - 22nd State Admitted to the Union, December 14th, 1819
 
The LORD is well able to redeem the reproach of the past. Few it seems share such a legacy of shame as the state of Alabama, but she has not been forsaken - her God has heard the groaning and is come down to deliver. There is a growing witness that His hand is very much at work in this younger and overlooked son. Even from Levi, who with Simeon shared in the shame of cruelty and shedding of innocent blood, redemption would be known and a true priesthood would be revealed. It is true - healing and restoration are coming, purpose and destiny are at hand.
"Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married." (Isa 62:4)
Thank you for agreeing with us in prayer for the release of the purpose of God for our state and the fulfillment of her role with yours in the national destiny that has been entrusted to us together. May our nation fulfill her call ...

Some Key Prophetic Words to Alabama 
Beauty -  "I say the spirit of infirmity that is dwelling on this state will break, saith the Lord. The birthing that needs to come forth for this nation will come forth ...  you will become the Gate Beautiful and Alabama will be known as one that rose from the ashes and became a beautiful gate to this land." (Chuck Pierce)
 
Bridges - "And I am going to change your barriers into bridges - the dividing walls and barriers shall be changed into bridges." (Jim Goll)
 
~ Please agree with us in prayer for the fulfillment of God's heart in the state of Alabama concerning "Beauty and Bridges" or "Beauty and Bands." In scripture when the LORD wrote these two words upon staves, He stated by Beauty/Favor He referred to covenant and by Bands/Union He referred to brotherhood. (Zech 11:7-14) 
 
~ Please agree in prayer that Alabama will move from the ashes of injustice and shame of reproach to a sunrise of justice and the beauty of holiness, covenant, and union -- both with God and with one another. It is time!
 
Gates of Justice - "In these gates where there is so much injustice locked up, I am opening these gates to usher in Justice to the South ... Justice is coming through the Southern Gates." (Negiel Bigpond, Yuchi Peace Chief)
 
~ Please agree in prayer that Alabama and the South will be found faithful in opening the gate for justice to be ushered into the nation. It has pleased the LORD to bring redemption from where such injustice and atrocity first found entrance.
 
Reformer - "I keep hearing the word 'reform, reformer, reforming, reform' - the ability to reform - there is a reforming anointing on Alabama, a true Hezekiah reformer anointing, the ability to tear down the old and establish the new - that's what reformers do, they deal with the old and bring in the new." (Dutch Sheets)
 
Voice - "Ask the Lord for a full voice in Alabama - to become a complete, forerunning, reforming people with a full voice to deal with the old and bring in the new." (Dutch Sheets)
 
Catalyst - "You are a womb of some sort - Alabama you're one of my wombs - I need you to birth things." (Dutch Sheets)
 
~ Please agree in prayer that Alabama will fully walk out the redemptive role of a Reformer -- a Hezekiah. This springs from a redemptive gift of prophet -- preparing a way, clearing a path, willing to confront, uprooting to plant, yet able to galvanize and ignite. Whether for good or evil this has occurred in a number of ways through history with national consequence, and has great possibility when in right-relation to God.
 
~ Please agree in prayer that as Hezekiah (2 Chr 29-32), Alabama would also establish covenant with God, know cleansing of the temple, the city, and the land, set in order the ministry in the house of the LORD, and be a catalyst for the restoration of unity in the Kingdom, true worship, the Passover, and of a testimony of deliverance from Assyria! Please also agree in prayer that we would not stumble as Hezekiah in failing to give thanks to the LORD, our heart become lifted up, or in revealing the treasures of the LORD to the ambassadors of Babylon (Matt 7:6)

Bones - "While digging in the earth for something precious (redigging wells for breakthrough and national revival) I struck something that hindered all progress. As I continued, I discovered what blocked further digging were bones - bones of injustice. Then I noticed something written on the first bone ... upon it was inscribed, ALABAMA." (Lou Engle)
 
~ Please agree in prayer for breakthrough regarding "justice" in Alabama, for it is a key to breakthrough for the nation in regard to these things.
 
Justice and the Judicial Crisis
To judge in scripture is more than to condemn the guilty - it is also to defend the right/cause of the innocent. There is a fierce passion in Alabama to judge/defend the right/cause of self or another. The state motto, "We Dare Defend Our Rights" certainly reflects this as does history (the flashpoint in Alabama in relation to the civil war, later civil rights, and more recently with Judge Moore were all issues related to real or perceived "rights"). This zeal to judge/defend one's right/cause is rooted in her redemptive gift, but may (and has been) perverted. Understanding this, and what God had intended for good, gives great insight into both the purpose and the perversion.
 
~ Please agree in prayer that Alabama will judge righteous judgment and not according to appearance, that she will execute justice toward the stranger, widow, and orphan in pleading their cause. Also may she take up the right and cause of the Native American, the African American, the wavering Courts of our nation, and the unborn who cannot speak for themselves. Please agree that we will also take responsibility for where we have erred, that we may see healing and even restitution come.
 
Judge Roy Moore provided the flashpoint that finally brought national awareness to the judicial crisis and our nation's courts. This case was not about the Ten Commandments, but whether the state has the right to acknowledge God publicly. (Note: All 50 of our state Constitutions acknowledge God). After the Supreme Court did not accept his case allowing the inconsistency to continue, he announced legislation that would be introduced nationally to address it. (An update sent when Moore introduced this several months ago may be seen here: Moore Legislation Link , Judicial Crisis Summary , CRA 2004).
 
~ Please agree in prayer that this legislation will successfully bring this issue before Congress, and that what the Judicial branch has cowered to address, would finally be confronted nationally in the Legislature. This is not about legislating righteousness, but defining the rights and jurisdiction the Constitution already details, but are currently being ignored by many federal courts and this disregard going unaddressed.
 
Even without Moore running, Alabama elections are stirring up the same issues. With Moore's witness of moral courage and willingness to stand on principle in public office, the issues are only escalating in the state (and even nation).
 
~ Please agree in prayer for godly governmental and political leaders to be raised up in this years elections, especially in this time of critical decision. Also that Alabama would respond to the recent events with Moore is a way that honors God, and doesn't stop short of the promise and true testimony of Jesus Christ.
 
Redemptive Gift and Call
"Alabama" comes from the Native Choctaw tongue meaning "thicket clearer" - one who clears a path, prepares a way, or clears a field. The redemptive gift of prophet as detailed in Romans seems to fit repeatedly her role through history whether for good or evil. Whether the birthing of a number of movements with national consequence, or first to stand with Israel multiple times, the perceived rights and moral issues that fuel this call bring tremendous possibility when in right-relation to God.
 
 
~ Please agree in prayer that Alabama would perceive truly and see as the LORD sees, for her greatest stumbling blocks have been when blinded by her own strength or in standing rightly but perceiving wrongly (as in zeal for state's rights but blinded to the injustice of slave's rights). Also please agree for the full maturing of this call, and the needful relation it has to that of others for the greatest national impact.
 
The Heart (not just Dixie)
In seeking the LORD for how to pray for the state of Alabama in relation to the nation, strong direction has come to pray for Alabama as you would pray for the "heart" as a member of the Body. This gives further understanding of part of her intended role, but also insight into why Alabama has struggled especially with "matters of the heart." (i.e. especially issues of relationship, covenant, and justice/prejudice which pertain to the heart, etc.)
 
~ Please agree in prayer that Alabama would "beat" again, that she would not be a divided heart, but a heart united to fear Him, that we would guard her with all diligence that from her might flow a wellspring of Life, that the law would be written upon her, the priestly breastplate of justice would truly cover her (as it did the heart of Aaron the High Priest), that the word and commandments of the LORD would be hidden within her (including the state Judicial building in Montgomery), and for wisdom to understand the times when things birthed must transition to those who are a "head" with the grace to govern or rule.
 
Some Key Initiatives
Several interstate initiatives that are important for Alabama but whose scope include several states are:
 
1.) The Tennessee River Prayer Initiative - primary focus includes the River Valley from Tennessee, through Alabama, to Kentucky (land efforts should finish this year, and river efforts should occur through next year).
 
2.) The Trail of Justice - primary focus includes the redemption of the trail of tears and issues of justice and so throughout the Southeast to Oklahoma, and then D.C.
 
~ Please agree in prayer for clear direction for the leadership of these initiatives, including both the timing and the strategy of the LORD to see His purpose accomplished and true healing and release come.
 
Brief History of ALABAMA
 
The earliest inhabitants of Alabama were Native Americans with the first journey inland by Europeans being Spanish explorers in the 16th century under Hernando De Soto. By the 18th century few of the peoples De Soto met were still organized under the same names, with most Native peoples now members of four major Native American Nations (the Cherokee, the Chickasaw, the Choctaw, and the Creek Confederacy). The French colonized Alabama in 1682 as part of Louisiana, but the French Indian War in 1763 gave the British ownership and all of Alabama north of Florida became Reservation Lands for the Indians. White settlement in this reservation without permission of the Native Americans was forbidden by kingís order. After the Revolutionary War in 1783 Alabama was given to the United States, who formed the Mississippi Territory including present day Alabama and Mississippi.
 
In the early 1800s the Louisiana Purchase, War of 1812, and Creek War all had a profound impact on Alabama which became a separate Territory, and then on December 14, 1819, the 22nd state of the Union. The state capital moved from Huntsville, to Cahaba, to Tuscaloosa, and finally to Montgomery. With an influx of settlers the population more than doubled, and pressure intensified with Native Americans. Under President Andrew Jackson (1829-1837) these Indian nations were forced to give up their lands and move west of the Mississippi. Cotton became the cash crop of Alabama and the plantation system, organized around slave labor, adopted from Virginia. Southern states were convinced slavery was essential for agriculture and the North just trying to dominate the economy, so the platform of Southern Rights led Alabama to finally secede from the Union following Lincolnís election in 1860. Alabama called the other states to Montgomery in 1861 to form a Southern nation, the Confederate States of America, with Montgomery the first capital of the Confederacy. In the reconstruction following the Civil War, Alabama refused to ratify the 14th Amendment extending rights to blacks, and was put under military rule until finally readmitted to the union in 1868. Railroads were built and industry began to emerge afterward, though a system of sharecropping continued and segregation of public facilities was the standard at the end of the century.
 
Industrial and economic growth in the early 1900s was halted by the Depression, and Alabamaís delegation in Congress provided leadership in the recovery with the New Deal and TVA. In the 1950s Civil Rights efforts began to focus on integration and with the flashpoint of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Dr. Martin Luther King led both the state and nation toward radical reform. Resistance to the Supreme Court ruling on segregation required President Kennedy to enforce it with the National Guard, but it still wasnít until 1970 that most blacks attended integrated schools. Aggressive pursuit of industry continued in the late 20th century with the manufacturing and service industries providing the greatest contribution to the economy.
 
 
John Buhler
Alabama State Coordinator
U.S. Strategic Prayer Network
 
 
May the Gates of Justice open wide!
 
"Let justice run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream."
 

Next State Prayer Focus (2005)

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