Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
One of the things that is important at this time in our nation is that we be in prayer. It is important at all times but with all that is taking place, we must be in prayer for those who are in positions of leadership. Whether it is at the national, state, or local level we need to be praying that God move in this time.
One of the areas that truly stands in need at this time is our law enforcement. I know that things have happened that have called into question what is going on with the police. Yet I truly believe that those who are putting on the uniforms and badges then going out into our communities to provide for our safety deserve our prayer and support.
Here in Gray County and Pampa we are blessed with men and women that have devoted their lives to our protection. They leave their homes and step into action each day to protect and serve. What they do may seem to be a ‘part of their job’ but I believe they move beyond that daily.
The American Family Association is calling for a Day of Prayer and Appreciation for Law Enforcement on Sunday, June 13, this year. I agree with them that ‘with all the negativity and malice’ that has been directed toward them, it is important that Christians lift up in prayer those who wear the badge – the local police, sheriff’s department and state police officers.
The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 2:1-4 – 1 First of all, then, I urge that requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made in behalf of all people, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
As we lift them up in prayer it is important that they know we are praying for them. Yes, we can tell them that we are praying for them. We might even ask them if we can pray with them when we encounter them. It is not simply going to them and telling them we are praying for them, but rather letting them see our love and compassion for them through what we share with them.
It is time that we express our appreciation to those who serve in one of these areas. As was suggested, we might write a note of encouragement and hand it to an officer. Or when you see them in public, express how thankful you are for their service. If you see them in a restaurant you might even consider paying for their meal.
I believe that it is time that we seriously support those who have dedicated their lives to protect and serve the people in this area. Of course one way that we can all do that is through prayer. Pray for one area each day then keep supporting them through prayer.
It would be great if the officers in our area knew that we do appreciate their service. So this next Sunday, it would be awesome if churches across Pampa and around Gray County, would take time in their services to pray for the officers serving Pampa and Gray County. Invite an officer to be in your service or recognize one that is a part of your church family.
It is my hope that this next Sunday, June 13, and in the coming days, officers across this area will know that they are appreciated for their service. Do what you can to encourage officers as they stand to protect and serve our area. The impact you can have on their lives may well encourage them to stand strong in the midst of these days.
JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!
Christ only, always,
Brother Paul Nachtigall is the preacher at Highland Baptist Church. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.