Pray have prayed
Father, I pray that our police departments would be protected, that you would empower and recruit brave servant-hearted people to join our police forces and to steward their positions well.

Americans love their summers and all its benefits… pool parties, barbecues, vacations and more.

But in many of America’s largest cities, the summer months are known for one thing.

Violence.

Violent crime spikes in most cities during the summer, and even more pressing is that many of those cities are considering defunding the police, if they haven’t already.

Meanwhile, officers are quitting in droves around the country and many politicians are calling for abolishing or defunding police departments.

“When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” 

The Wall Street Journal ran a story earlier this month headlined, “Police in Cities Across U.S. Brace for a Violent Summer.”

Sadly, this pattern plays out every year, where police struggle to combat a rise in violent crime in the summer months. Any police officer will attest to this, which makes our prayers now even more important.

Even worse, though, we have seen a sharp increase in violence since last year.

Violent crime spiked last year, especially following widespread demonstrations and riots in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. In fact, the Major Cities Chiefs Association found that homicides increased 33% last year.

Many of these cities, and others around the country, also took on anti-police messages last year, or cut police funding in response to political pressure after Floyd’s death.

Thousands of police officers have been leaving departments around the country in recent years, and there is no end in sight. In the NYPD alone, for example, retirements and departures are up a whopping 75%. Some of them head to more friendly departments, but others leave the profession entirely.

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I was attacked in Baltimore during the riots in April of 2015.

After the death of Freddie Gray, protests in Baltimore soon turned into riots. I was a reporter eager to head right into the action.

I took a train with two colleagues into the city and arrived in a ghost town. In some parts of the city streets were empty, except for the occasional masked looter ransacking a business. The first such man we encountered was lugging a garbage bag full of medications he had apparently taken from the CVS, which was looted and burned that same day.

In other parts of the city, mobs roamed the city streets, committing vandalism and shouting expletives.

I capture much of it in my notes and through pictures, but I was attacked, hospitalized and had my phone stolen. Thankfully, God preserved me.

I’ve seen firsthand the kind of harm that can occur when violence is allowed to run rampant. We cannot sit idly by for another violent summer, and certainly not if another spurt of riots threatens to engulf our cities.

The intercessors of America must band together to pray for peace this summer, both from riots and from the anticipated spike in violence in our cities in the coming months.

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Release Peace

Loose peace. Release it. In Matthew chapter 10, Jesus instructed the disciples that they could release the peace they carried.

“As you enter the house, greet it. And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.” -Matthew 10:12-13

I would like to be so bold as to say that, as God leads, we could release the peace of heaven on our neighborhoods, and even a whole city.

Imagine a summer of violence stopped by kingdom intercessors scattered around the nation, all releasing the peace of God in their area?

While there are many policy changes and political maneuvers needed on this issue, let the intercessors do our part by standing in our authority in Christ and releasing the will of God in the earth.

With this in mind, let us pray.

  • Father, I pray that our police departments would be protected, that you would empower and recruit brave servant-hearted people to join our police forces and to steward their positions well.
  • Father, we ask that your Peace would rest on our nation and on our cities this summer and that Satan, the murderer from the beginning, would not have his way in our country.
  • Lord, we pray that our leaders would have your mind and your wisdom when it comes to funding, reforming and administering our police departments.
  • We release the peace of God on our our nation!

Verses to press into as we intercede on this issue:

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” -Matthew 5:9

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” -1 Timothy 2:1-2

“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” -Matthew 16:19

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Augie Byllott
May 31, 2021

This isn’t simply about defunding police or restricting their power. District Attorneys in many of these cities are de-criminalizing drug sales, breaking and entering, prostitution, and a host of other crimes ripening the already target-rich environment for criminal acts with no consequence.

Other cities are seeking to eliminate foot chases in order to arrest criminals.

Lord, we pray for these states that share a commonality, their history of electing Democrats and left-wing zealots that have no respect for themselves or the people they are elected to serve. If it is your will, may the people in these cities see the truth of what is happening and that law and order may once again prevail and the powers of evil will be shut down. In Jesus nme, amen.

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Renee McMichael
May 31, 2021

Heavenly Father I ask that you would open the eyes of people across this nation to see and to push back against the deceptive rhetoric and harmful policies that our leaders have put forth. I ask that you would hold them accountable for the harm they have done to our country and bring forth leaders that hold true to your word.

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Maynard Beck Sr.
May 30, 2021

I was attending a service at a large Charismatic church when a baby started crying loudly. All at once I could feel a wave of peaceful prayer flow through the congregation. There wasn’t a call from the pulpit, just the unction to pray “peace” on the child. I joined in and immediately the child stopped. I felt a “blessed assurance” that the unspoken peace prayer was answered.
A few weeks later we were ministering at a halfway house for mentally challenged young people. One of the girls became agitated and loudly berated my co-worker. The girl went outside, walked around the building, and came back in. As she walked past me on the way out I silently prayed peace over her like I had at the church. When she came back in, she walked up to my friend and sweetly apologized saying “I don’t know what got into me”.
This article is spot on, and the new tools IFA is providing will help us join in to effectively increase our prayers for peace.

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Deborah
May 29, 2021

Yes and amen. May the Spirit of the Lord bring peace, supernatural peace, in our inner cities and in our suburbs. In the name of Jesus, we claim authority over all spirits in our land that seek to do harm.

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Vaughn Cassidy
May 29, 2021

And Matthew 10 also Jesus speaks a lot about dusting your feet when a dwelling is unworthy. How do we apply that?

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    Carol G.
    May 29, 2021

    Matthew 10:14:”And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet.”

    So if the house is unworthy, and the person won’t hear him message? I believe Verse 14 is saying the believer should not bless them.
    Here’s the point about the dust as I understand it: Do not remain. Be done with them. Go and leave that town, for you have to acknowledge they reject God.

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Joni Debord
May 29, 2021

praying together with like minded Christians for our neighborhoods, our country and our police was an encouragement to me because I know prayer matters. God hears.

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M
May 29, 2021

Lord,
Give your intercessors your strategic prayers for their towns, cities and states to overthrow the darkness.
Our weapons of our warfare are mighty to the pulling down of strongholds!
Reveal what is working underground, beneath our cities— expose and bring to light all hidden things.
You ARE shaking, shaking, shaking everything!
Shake your officers loose from the bondage of darkness. Let them stand in the light of your Presence.
Invade the strongholds of the enemy. You took the keys to hell and death. The gates of hell shall not prevail against your church.
Arise O Lord, let your enemies be scattered!!!
Let Your justice roll on!
I pray for many many opportunities and doors to be opened for these officers to be witnessed to in every city in America! I am telling the devil to get out of the way and stop creating filters and barriers to the officers receiving the knowledge of the gospel, in Jesus’s Name! Lord, rebuild your police forces in the cities of this nation on the solid rock of Jesus Christ, and Christ alone!
I plead the blood of Jesus now over our police officers and their families in this nation now! The mighty blood of Jesus!
Amen!

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brian
May 29, 2021

It is a very unfortunate thing in the chain of events that is occurring in this nation. We are definitely Living in the End Times. Defunding the police is the most insane idea that I have ever heard of. It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Bowing to political pressure to defund police forces, is the most satanic thing that has occurred in the unraveling of our society. We need law and order now, more than ever. Politics, as it is labeled, needs to not have any place in this decision. We need police forces, period! Lord, I bind the spirit of lawlessness and violence that is so prevalent in this country. I loose a spirit of decency, and orderliness to replace this. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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Johnny Guido
May 29, 2021

My prayers go out to the families of our nation who have children that grow up during these troubled times in the world. Children need to know of and embrace the authorities and police of our nation. The FBI,CIA,and the police have all been portrayed by evil forces as inherently bad and which deserves no respect.
I pray to God that calmer minds and morally directive forces enable our police to be the shield to guard us from the evil that is attempting to engulf us every day.

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Toni Kushner
May 29, 2021

This is a reminder to pray for the peace of God in our cities across the nation. There are so many important issues to pray for, years ago the Lord instructed me to Pray for different category each day. So one of my prayer days will be committed to praying for the nation, our cities and police departments. thank you for reminding me and challenging consistency of prayer for our loyal police.

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Judith
May 29, 2021

I’m encouraged with God’s Word and Hope! Thank you, Casey, for sharing this information. It is bad news but we’ve got the answer in Jesus. Come on Church! Let us praise and pray and seek and fast and then MOVE, SPEAK, ACT. Father, raise up shepherds and leaders to lead us. May we pray & intercede for guidance and wisdom from You, our unstoppable God! In the name of Jesus, Amen

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Dawn Beth
May 29, 2021

The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but are mighty through the pulling down of strongholds, Father with this knowledge we stand in agreement and use our weapon of authority in prayer to pull down the strongholds of greed, hate, division, addiction and deception that encamps and encircles our cities, holding our citizens hostage and destroying this nation. You have given us dominion and authority over this world Father, so we say arise and let Your light shine!! We invite You Holy Spirit to come and do a mighty cleansing work in this nation!! We ask protection over our law enforcement and encouragement for their souls, empower them and lead guide and protect them as they leave their families and home each day to bring law and order to their towns and cities. Father I pray that each and every believer would get off the fence and on their knees and understand our position of authority that You have given us to pray Your kingdom come and Your will to be done here on earth as it is in heaven. Our greatest weapon IS PRAYER, and we need to BELIEVE that when we ask anything according to Your will, we know #1., You hear us and #2., we have the things we ask, this is why You tell us to come boldly before the throne of grace. So father, I come boldly before your throne of grace asking you to open the eyes of my brothers and sisters so that they receive revelation knowledge of their authority. We take back this nation from the enemy and we invite you to reign in Jesus name

Karen Secrest
May 29, 2021

I’m hearing the Lord say,”this is another reset. Even as your schools and lical governments have seen tremendous change because of election fraud, so will you see massive change in the authority structure 8n your cities. The old corrupt root system is being destroyed so a new healthy system can replace it.”
Pray that the citizens Awake in time to effe t change and not be mowed down by the Obama/Biden machine wishing to cut a swath through the WORLD. Praise teh Father that He is willing to help us stand aga8nst 5he Hunter Biden congl9merate of 8nternational sex and drug traffic that filters down into professional sports and now is trying to invade even high school athletics. Do not doubt 5hat the Fa5her is not in contr9l. He who made the heavens and sees when even a sparrow falls has a plan and a purpose. AMEN

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