Laws are boundaries and guidelines that, when followed, keep people safe. The law shows us that there are consequences to things we might want to do. They point us away from wrongdoing so we can live righteously. Laws are meaningless unless they are enforced. The Bible references judges, watchmen, and guards. In the same way, we have policemen to watch over us and keep us safe. Men and women choose to be trained to enforce laws and keep our lives peaceful.
There is a police officer’s creed that speaks of their duty to serve people and to keep lives and property safe. They protect the innocent and fight deception. They seek to bring peace in violent situations. Policemen risk their own lives for the safety of others. Police work is a very noble profession. After all, greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13).
Why Is it Important to Say a Law Enforcement Prayer?
Romans 13 gives us some compelling reasons to pray for law enforcement. They are an earthly governing authority, but their authority comes from God. God is the ultimate judge, but people on earth are set up to try to stop wrongdoing from happening. If we submit to law enforcement, we avoid punishment. But even more important than that, we keep our consciences clean before man and God as we walk uprightly.
Police officers are honored when we make their job easier by doing right instead of wrong. As Christians, we should make every effort not to indulge in sinful, evil desires even when those desires may feel right for a brief time. Evil can feel right in the moment. Therefore, some people indulge in it. So, we need law enforcement officers to help protect against this evil and uphold the law.
7 Quick Law Enforcement Prayers
When you see police officers or when you hear a police siren, take a moment to pray for their safety, as well as for justice to prevail. You can also pray these short prayers regularly and often. Here are 7 law enforcement prayers:
1. Dear Lord, please protect the law enforcement officers that protect and serve us. Help them to walk through their communities with honor so that they can keep the peace. Help them to be humble and honest as they perform their duties. Amen.
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SOURCE: Crosswalk, Jennifer Heeren