June 12, 2021 | Kim Potter, IFA Contributing Writer
According to a new report, the Minneapolis Police Department stands to lose 20% of their workforce in the near future as nearly 200 of their officers have applied for leave due to post-traumatic stress. This disturbing trend has hit not only in Minneapolis. Atlanta’s force is down 13%, with many other states reporting the same issues. In a recent study, 10,000 officers were asked if they would recommend this profession to a son or daughter. Over 80% said no.
What is happening?
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I distinctly remember being taught to honor and respect police officers when I was growing up. Back then, it seemed that all little boys wanted to become a police officer. They wanted to help people.
Today, this noble profession has been tarnished by the constant anger and violence daily hurled at law enforcement officers. Along with the violence, the threat of defunding is causing a mass exodus in this much needed workforce.
Are there some bad law enforcement officers? Yes, I am certain there are. Just as there are some bad doctors, accountants, and judges. No profession is without a bad apple here and there; however, it does not make them all bad.
A righteous police officers fights, not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he is protecting what is behind him.
God tells us in Ezekiel that He looks for those who will stand in the gap – that is what a good police officer does. He/she stands in the gap, between right and wrong.
Matthew 5:9 says, “Blessed are the peacekeepers, for they shall be called the children of God.”
The upstanding, law-abiding law enforcement officers are indeed peacekeepers. We must, as intercessors, stand in the gap for them. Sunday, June 13th is the Day of Prayer & Appreciation for Law Enforcement Officers. Let’s join together and pray for these brave men and women, remembering, not all heros wear capes. Some wear a badge.
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Father, we come to You today in the name of Jesus. We pray over police officers, deputies, sheriffs, and all other law enforcement officers. First of all, we ask that their hearts would be turned to You. We ask that You would give them ears to hear Your voice. Give them hearts to understand Your direction as You show them the way to peace and protection. God, we ask that You cause angels to surround them and keep them safe in all their ways.
We ask You to lead and guide them in the way they should go. We thank You that they work well together in unity in keeping their cities, states, and our nation safe.
We ask You to restore their good name. Weed out the bad and promote the good, in Jesus’ name. Restore confidence in the people of this land concerning police officers.
We pray for the families of those in law enforcement. Protect them and keep them safe. We speak peace to their heart and mind.
Lord, we thank You for protecting our cities, our states, and our nations. Protect our law-abiding officers as they keep us safe, standing in the gap, between good and evil.
Thank you that You hear our prayers and hasten to perform Your word this day, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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Author Kim Potter is a writer and the founder of A New Thing Ministries, which sends a daily teaching to thousands of people all around the world. Her articles have appeared on The Elijah List, Charisma, Spirit Fuel and iBelieve.com. Kim’s message is one of hope. She speaks to the heart of those who have grown discouraged or disappointed by the circumstances of life, imparting hope. To receive her daily inspirational writings, go to www.anewthingministries.com. (Picture Credit: Facebook)