Daily Devotional - "Through the Eyes of a Cop"
Briefing: Do you pray on duty? Do you pray for your department or agency? Do you ever pray for that one officer who seems so lost that not even Billy Graham could lead him to Christ? What things in your job could you pray for that are seemingly impossible for God to work through?
Dispatch (Assignment): Think of a time when you prayed for someone in your department. Read Matthew 7:7-12.
On the Street: In this section we see Jesus teaching us to pray. Jesus says, "Ask, seek and knock". If you never ask, why would you expect to receive? If you never knock, why would you expect for someone to open the door? If you never seek, why would you expect to find? Christians cannot have an entitlement attitude.
I often hear people say, "God helps those who help themselves" but I can't find this in scripture. God wants us to ask Him. He wants conversation and communication. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me but apart from God I can do nothing.
How does this apply to the LEO? The questions in the briefing above are a clue. I challenge you to pray for that one person in your work place that you think will never come to know Christ. Don't just pray once and give up, but pray daily or better yet, every time they cross your path (James 5:16).
Not only does God want us to pray and communicate with Him, He wants to give us good things. I love how Jesus compares us to children asking their father for a gift. This is exactly what it is! As a father, I can relate to having the desire to give my kids good gifts.
Jesus sums this section up by giving, what we now call, the Golden Rule, "do to others what you would have them do to you". This is contrary to the "rule" my first training officer gave me. It went something like this, "Treat people how they expect to be treated". Most people I came into contact with had been poorly treated for most of their lives. That's usually why LEOs are inserted into a situation. For us to treat them like what they had become accustomed to did not live up to the Golden Rule standard. Proverbs 11:27 says, "He who seeks good finds goodwill but evil comes to him who searches for it."
Highlights from this Read: In verse twelve, Jesus said, "for this sums up the Law and the Prophets". This is interesting because He also alluded to this in Matthew 22:40 when He was answering the question of which is the greatest commandment.
Investigational Resources: Philippians 4:13 (I can do all things), John 15:1-8 (apart from God I can do nothing), Romans 8:28 (all thing work for the good of those who love Him). Jeremiah 29:11. All good things come from God (James 1:17), the effectual prayer of a righteous man (James 5:16), Luke 18:1-8 (the woman who wore down the judge). Also see Luke 11:9-13.
Officer Safety Principle: I don't believe that in our human flesh, we will ever be able to comprehend the power of prayer. We desperately need to be in prayer for our fellow officers, supervisors, and administrations.
from The Gospel of Matthew Through the Eyes of a Cop
©2012 by Charles Gilliland. Used by permission.