Praying for Law Enforcement

While it’s not an issue currently making local news, although it did briefly during the holidays, most of us are familiar with the controversies surrounding law enforcement around the country. As a police officer’s spouse it’s alarming, to say the least. I am going to keep my commentary and opinion to a minimum here for that reason, except to say this: there are noble and brave law enforcement officers who are willing to lay down their lives for strangers every time they put on their uniforms. They are human just like the rest of us with good days and bad days. I also realize that injustice exists in every human institution. I am not African-American, and so I do not know what it’s like to be looked at differently based on my race, but I am very aware that it still happens all the time. There are problems to be addressed on all sides of the issue. But hate from either side only exacerbates the problems. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Jesus is our only source of light and love. We must look to Him to address these issues in our society. So for those brave men and women who are out doing their best to protect and serve our cities, let’s pray. It is the best thing we can do in the situation. Psalm 91:1-4 –  “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust!” 3 For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.” Lord God, You are our Sovereign God and King. You see everything, and You have provided the answer to every issue and question in the person of Your Son Jesus Christ. You are the God of Justice, and we can trust You even when it seems justice is far off.  You are our Redeemer and Deliverer. We pray for our law enforcement officers around the metro-Birmingham area, and even around this nation today. Father, I see and hear so much hurt and frustration among them as a result of how it seems the public has turned against them, and as a result of the hard things they have to see and deal with every single day. Heal their hearts, Lord. Do not let them become embittered and angry, or hateful. Instead, turn their eyes upon Jesus, to look full in His wonderful face. Let them know the love of Christ, which surpasses knowledge. (from Eph. 3:19) Cause them to dwell in Your presence, and to rest in the shadow of the Almighty. You are a refuge to those who will run to You. Cause these men and women to run to You, Father. Be their fortress and strong tower from the onslaught of their real enemy, Satan. We pray that in the current climate, we would see many law enforcement personnel giving their lives to Christ. Let this cause a revival not of hate or fear, but a revival of salvation and redemption. We pray that time and time again, they would see Your hand bringing deliverance on their behalf. Spring every trap that is set against them. At the same time, though, we also pray that You would expose those who are corrupt and too hate-filled to do their job in a way that honors You. Remove those officers in Your way. Father, cover these men and women with Your righteousness and faithfulness, as well as with Your protection. Cause them to fix their eyes on You and to call out to You. You promise to answer when we call out to You. (Jer. 33:3, for example). And like 2 Chronicles 20:17 says, do not let them fear or be dismayed, but let them stand and see the salvation of the LORD on their behalf. Thank You for Your Word, Lord, that helps us to pray without letting our emotions and opinions get in the way. Amen. I know the other side of this issue needs to be covered in prayer as well. If you feel so led, please feel free to do so in the comments.

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