Civil Servants – Police, Firefighters, and Others Who Serve in Our Communities
This week's focus: Government
Men and women who hold city, state, and federal jobs serve within one of the “seven spheres of influence” that are foundational to government structures. The responsibilities they have and the decisions they make impact communities on multiple levels and in ways that may affect thousands of people. Pray that public servants will act responsibly in their jobs. Pray by name for people you may know who work in the public sector. Also pray that Christians will stand out as model employees as they mirror Christ’s example of a faithful servant, mindful of His words: “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all” (Mark 9:35, NKJV). Pray especially for the police of your community, that they will be protected as they often are in harm’s way. Pray against all corruption that can often be tempting to those in such positions of trust. Pray, too, for the families of those in law enforcement, as often the intensity of their work impacts their home life in negative ways. The same is true for firefighters who generally must be on call at all hours of the day and night.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!
In Your Prayers, Also Remember:
- On this day in 1864, Congress passed an act allowing for "In God We Trust" to begin appearing on U.S. coins. Pray for our nation to put its trust in God and remember that it is God who has made and preserved this country.
- Continue to pray for Asia Bibi in Pakistan, the Christian mother who was charged with blasphemy and spent a decade on death row, was acquitted by the Supreme Court but has been held by the government since October. The Prime Minister says she will soon be allowed to leave the country.
We want to see God honored in America, and we pray for an unprecedented spiritual awakening.
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