The Holy Spirit said to "pray for every police officer" the other day and this isn't the first time He's asked us to pray for the police department. We ask you to please obey and lift up every police officer in prayer. These brave men and women come under fire every day and while you and I might not realize it, they're battling the mentally challenged and walking into scary situations where demons are present who mean to harm them. Officers are walking up to doors to serve warrants and being shot at. They're being shot execution-style in their vehicles and they're caught unprotected in deadly situations. There are also officers that are facing people high on all kinds of drugs who will suddenly attack them.
Harden Not Your Hearts: Don't Walk Away...
In this season, as Father God calls us to pray for all law enforcement, it's important that we obey. We've posted on social media several times and asked if you would have an altar call at your church or ask your pastor to contact your local police stations to invite the officers in for prayer.
While I understand that there are some areas of the country where police brutality and violent incidents are prevalent among the police, don't let the devil working through a few people stop you from obeying God. Yes, there might be racists people in law enforcement but that's another reason to pray for all officers.
These are brave men and women who put their lives on the line for us and they need prayer and anointing. They're not just coming up against criminals but they're coming up against the demonic. And, they need our prayers.
The Courage Prayer
A few years ago we posted the Courage: The Police Officers Prayer and I realized, while it's a good prayer, there's a special prayer they need right now. The officers pray that prayer as they start their shifts and go throughout their day. However, as the Body of Christ, we need to pray over these officers for their covering as intercessors and to ask for God's anointing to protect, cover and keep each and everyone. So, we're asking that you share the following prayer over every officer that you know and come across:
"Father God in the name of Jesus, Lord, we give You all the glory, honor and praise. Lord, Your name is a strong tower and we know the righteous run into it and they are saved. Lord, we are asking for your help over each and every officer. We ask for you to increase their assignment. Give them wisdom, discernment and favor, Lord. Help them expose corruption and complete their assignments. Give these officers your grace, mercy, favor and covering wherever they go. Give them courage and not fear in the face of the enemy/devil because we know it is written, "Touch not mine anointed nor do my prophets harm." It is also written, "No harm shall come near your dwelling place and no evil shall befall you." We plead the blood of Jesus over each and every officer, Lord. And, for those that need it, Lord, change their hearts, Father God. Teach them love and compassion through You toward their fellow man. Please guard each and every officer and surround them with a hedge of protection. Send warring angels and Michael the archangel to help defend them when they're facing the enemy, Lord. For we know it is written we will "not fear the arrow that flies by day nor the terror by night." Lord, we also pray special covering and divine favor for every police officer. Give them Your promises, promotion and favor, Lord. Help open doors when and where they need it. Give them more income, access to the tools and equipment they need and more benefits and mental health services, Lord. We also ask for more respect for all our police officers, Father God. Bring under conviction those that don't treat them fairly or come against them, Father. Please, help these brave men and women to be able to do their jobs and keep them out of harm's way. We know they are on the line of fire daily. Again, please increase their discernment and wisdom so they don't fall prey to sudden attacks or distractions. Guard and keep each and everyone of our officers, Lord. Renew their minds and let each one ask Jesus into their hearts to be their Lord and Savior if they haven't done so already. That way they have Jesus as their help and shield. Lastly, we ask that you send ministering angels to keep each officer strong when he or she needs it and warring angels to defend them in battle. Let our churches and communities embrace, uplift and support each and every officer and we pray that you stand in the gap, Jesus, and help them on the front lines because we know this is a spiritual battle we're in and the battle is not ours, it's yours, Lord. And, for those that succumb to battle or those who You call home, please receive them Jesus, into your ever-loving arms, in Jesus's name we pray, Amen." As I was praying for every police officer on 12/31/19 at 10:43 pm I was praying and asked Father God to open the church doors and let the pastors pray over the officers. The Holy Spirit interjected and said, "Let them cover each and every officer in the name of Jesus Christ."
We ask that our churches equip each officer with a Bible provide them with counseling and prayer when they need it and keep the doors of the church open for these brave men and women. For churches short on Bibles, officers might want to download the Bible through BibleGateway, the King James Bible and Our Daily Bread. We keep you uplifted in prayer.
Lastly, I'm reminded of a story from a few years ago when I worked in Manhattan. There were a few officers at the corner where my office was located and one day I stopped to talk to them. I asked if they were ever scared because there had been a recent terrorist incident on the news. One of the officers said, "Nope. I've got this." He proudly took off his hat and showed me where he had laminated Psalm 91 in his hat. "My mom taught me Psalm 91 and I carry it with me every day." But in another story, it didn't go that way.
At the train station I was waiting in line while officers were checking bags. There was a bomb scare and they set up checkpoints all over the city. I asked the officers if they were worried or ever scared and the female officer quickly said, "Yes!". And I realized I wasn't scared because I knew the scriptures to call on like that other officer who kept them in his hat. Just like I wasn't scared, our pastors and church members aren't scared because God doesn't give us the spirit of fear but a sound mind. We also know if ANYTHING happens to us because we've accepted Jesus Christ as Our Lord and Savior He'll keep us out of harm's way. It was a reminder that we need to do more for our officers so they can all be confident in God through Jesus Christ to cover and keep them.
And for our officers, I am hearing the Holy Spirit say, "Don't worry." We know God is covering you and help is coming! Keep reading your Bibles and stay encouraged!
Psalm 27 King James Version (KJV)
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. 3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. 4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple. 5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. 6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord. 7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. 8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek. 9 Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. 10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up. 11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. 12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. 13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
Psalm 91 King James Version (KJV)
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. 5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. 8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. 9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; 10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. 11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. 12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. 13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. 14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. 15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. 16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
The Prayer of Salvation
If you haven't said the Prayer of Salvation, now's the best time. Just say: Father God in the name of Jesus, Lord, I ask forgiveness of my sins. Please come into my heart, Lord. I turn my back on sin and I make you my Lord and Savior. I want to follow you for the rest of my life. Please give me eternal life through you in Jesus name, Amen.
Or, if you're already saved, but turned your back on God. Now's the perfect time to make things right. Don't let the devil make you feel bad about your past mistakes any longer. In Christ, you're a new creation and you have a Father God who loves you. Old things are passed away and God remembers the sin no more. Won't you please come back home to Him?
Rededicate Your Life to Christ Prayer
If you need to rededicate your life to Christ because you feel like you've been sinning or haven't been living right, pray: Father God in the name of Jesus, I ask forgiveness of my sins and I turn my back on sin. Please help me to overcome ---- and I want to lead a better life through you. I decree and declare this day I have overcome ---- and I have the victory in Jesus name, Amen.
Stay in God's shadow, stay away from sin and temptation, keep reading your Bible and keep seeking God first.
Be ye doers of the Word... We pray this message blesses you today!
If you need prayer, please call the Bill Winston Prayer Center at (877) 543-9443. You can also check online for Joyce Meyer's prayer request form and other sites that can pray for and with you. You are more than a conqueror!