Hundreds of citizens in our city have found a way to help our police force and firefighters without ever leaving home. How? By joining the Prayer Patrol.
This prayer program began more than a year ago through the efforts of a local minister. After praying for a police officer at a National Day of Prayer gathering, the minister contacted other churches and prayer groups to see if they’d be interested in joining an ongoing prayer effort for police and firefighters. They were.
City police and firefighters have embraced these prayers with open arms. At least one officer now believes more strongly than ever in the power of prayer. Just days after 3,000 people had prayed for this man’s protection, he survived five gunshot wounds.
If your church or prayer group would like to try a police and firefighters protection program, here are some suggestions.
- Present your plan to other churches and prayer groups in your city and solicit their involvement.
- Find out how your town’s police and fire departments are organized. Our Florida county is divided into several patrol areas, so each prayer group gets the names of all police and firefighters in its zone.
- Divide these names for placement on the monthly prayer calendar for your zone. The calendar will need to be updated and distributed regularly.
- Stop by the police and fire stations in your zone to post the prayer calendar. Police and firefighters often check to see whose names are listed for prayer each day.
- Include the following in your prayers: Ask God for His wall of protection around every police officer, firefighter, and his or her family members. Pray that God would supply each individual with peace, patience, strength, kindness, comfort, a sense of God’s care, and wisdom for dealing with all kinds of situations. Ask God to nurture the marriages of all police and firefighters. Pray for the salvation of each person on your calendar.
- Whenever you hear a siren in your city, stop and pray for the public servants answering the call.
- In our town, every prayed-over police officer and firefighter receives a “certificate of adoption,” certifying that he or she has been adopted for individual care and prayer. Every police officer and firefighter also gets a prayer coupon that lists the phone number of a Prayer Patrol friend who can be called in time of need.
Since we began interceding in our city, crime has decreased in the “prayed over” zones. We’ve also been told that our prayers have increased force morale. Why not adopt a police officer or firefighter in your town? Chances are good that it’ll spread the news of God’s love like wildfire.
© 2006 General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists