Praying for those whose service we too often take for granted

Too many police officers across our nation were shot at and wounded or killed this past weekend.  Of course, even one would have been too many.  The Apostle Paul urges that “supplications, prayers, intercession, and thanksgivings” be made for those in authority, 1 Timothy 2:1.  That includes those who bear arms, protecting us as they function as God’s servants for our good, Romans 13:4.  Yet it is too easy to take their service for granted.

A prayer:

Father in heaven, thank you for the men and women who serve to protect our lives and property.  Here in our community we ask for your blessing on those serving in the Newberg-Dundee Police Department and the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Department. Encourage them when their work seems tedious.  Protect them from the danger they encounter, sometimes unexpectedly.  We pray also for their families, that their spouses and children may have peace of mind while their loved ones are on duty.
Today we ask for your particular blessing on Officer Steven Dodds, as he recovers from the injuries he received last Sunday evening in Lincoln City.  Enable him to make a complete recovery.  Encourage his daughter and others who are close to him.  Continue to comfort the loved ones of Chief Ralph Painter of Rainier.
Give those who serve an appreciation of the importance of their work, not only as public servants, but ultimately as servants of God, reflecting the justice that comes from him.  Forgive us for too often taking their work for granted, and for neglecting to uphold them in prayer.
Father, we ask this in the name of your Son, who laid down his own life and took it up again as our Redeemer.  Amen.

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I serve as pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Newberg, Oregon.
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