The Praying Police Officer

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Thursday, November 15, 2018


In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness- Titus 2:7

Yesterday, we had a security meeting at our church. The meeting was intended to help the church be prepared in case there is an active shooter trying to hurt the members during a worship service. Before the meeting started, one of the officers that were leading the training was asked to pray. Without any hesitation, this officer prayed powerfully and convincingly. Whereas there may have been some anxiety in the room, his prayer, I believe, helped to alleviate some of the pressure and make the training more impactful.

Because the officer prayed so powerfully, I felt a sense of ease knowing there are godly officers who not only want to protect and serve their community, but they are praying for their community. As a police officer, this man puts his physical life on the line every day to protect others. And to see him pray for his community as well was just inspiring.

As I thought about that experience last night, I am reminded of the words of Titus 2:7 “In everything set them an example by doing what is good.” This police officer may not know it, but is an example for me. He reminded me what it means to serve the Lord sacrificial and joyfully. The way he conducted himself and helped lead the training reflected his relationship with God. I drove home feeling safe because I knew there are police officers like that brother serving their community.

You and I should be known as men and women of prayer. Everyone wants people to pray for them. Even atheists and followers of other religions want to know someone is praying for them. Prayer is a selfless act of concern and compassion. It comes from a place of love for others. When we pray for other people, we remind them of the sovereign power of God to do the impossible, and we also show them who we are in Christ Jesus.

Prayer is one of the most excellent tools of evangelism given to us by Jesus Christ. In Matthew 9:37-38 Jesus told his disciples “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (ESV). If we really want to see friends and loved ones saved, we have to pray for them. Those who wish to see their local church overflow with new members should prioritize the ministry of prayer. The pastor of Brooklyn Tabernacle testified that his church grew from few members to thousands of attendees every week because of prayer. When the church was getting off of the ground, he formed a prayer group to pray for the church. The group was made up mostly of older black women who would meet in a secret room in the church and pray while the service was going on. The result was amazing spiritual and numerical growth.

Does your husband or wife know you are praying for them? What about your co-workers and your manager? When you go into the supermarket, do you let the cashier know you are praying for them? What about the teachers at your children’s school or the teller at your bank? Do they know you pray for them? The best way to invite these people to come to our churches and join our fellowship is by letting them know we are praying. And when possible, take the time actually to pray for them when we meet them.

That officer came to our church and prayed for us as a praying police officer. Do people know you as a praying Project Manager or praying school teacher or praying social worker or praying attorney or praying medical doctor or praying …. “you feel in the blank?” Because I’m in the ministry, I’m often asked to pray wherever I go- and I love that because I love to pray. People may not expect that of you, but you should always be ready to pray wherever you are. That is precisely what Jesus said in Luke 18: 1; “He told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.”

The next time you are invited to a function, ask for permission to pray openly. Take a few minutes to pray over your meal in private or public so people will know about your relationship with Jesus Christ. When people tell you about their hardships and their struggles, tell them you want to pray for them. Remember, the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. And we are all made righteous through Jesus Christ.

Prayer- Father, I pray for those who are reading this devotional. May they become more intentional in praying for others, and witnessing to others through their life of prayer?

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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