Since January 9 is National Thank a Police Officer Day, I didn’t want to let it pass without sharing my brand new printable prayer guide, Praying for our Police Force.
Print yourself a copy and use it to intercede for specific officers you know or to pray for the police in general. The prayer forms an acrostic using the letters in P-O-L-I-C-E, to make it easier to remember:
A Prayer for the Police Force
P is for Protection
God, keep our officers safe. Build a hedge of protection around them. Go behind and before them and keep Your had upon them, guarding them against troubles of all kinds. Thwart the plans of anyone who would seek to do them harm. Teach them to take refuge in You.
Psalm 31:1-5, 20; Psalm 139:5
O is for Objectivity
Lord, grant our officers an extra measure of wisdom and discernment. Help them pay attention, see clearly, think rationally, and judge rightly. Keep them alert to danger and safeguard them against deception.
Proverbs 2:6-7; Proverbs 3:21; Proverbs 14:8; 2 Timothy 4:5; 1 Peter 5:8
L is for Longevity
Grant our officers a long, productive life, Lord, both in terms of time on this earth and years of service on the police force. May they do their work heartily, as serving You rather than man. Strengthen, uphold, and use them to accomplish Your will.
Proverbs 3:1-2; Proverbs 9:11; Colossians 3:23, Isaiah 41:10
I is for Integrity
Bless us with police officers who walk in integrity, O Lord. Instill in them a deep longing for justice and fortify them against every corrupting influence. Guard them against duplicity and moral compromise.
Proverbs 28:6; Proverbs 11:3; Proverbs 13:6; Isaiah 1:17; 1 Peter 2:14
C is for Courage
God, give our officers courage in the face of danger. Make them bold and decisive. Teach them to overcome their fears by trusting wholly in You. And help them to do the right thing, even when they do not feel very brave doing it.
2 Chronicles 15:7; 2 Timothy 1:7; Joshua 1:9; Psalm 27:14; James 4:17
E is for Endurance
Father, give our officers patient endurance. Let them not lose heart in doing good. Renew their strength, that they might run and not grow weary or walk and not faint. Give them fortitude and staying power, and teach them to cast all their cares upon You.
2 Thessalonians 3:13; Isaiah 40:29-31; Galatians 6:9; Matthew 11:28
In our current critical culture, it is more important than ever that we show our appreciation to the men and women in blue who’ve dedicated their lives to serving their communities. So let’s speak out in support of these civil servants every chance we get and faithfully cover them in prayer.