Monday, September 14, 2015

Louisiana Day Of Prayer For Law Enforcement

The governor of our state declared this day a day of prayer for law enforcement, and that is a very good thing. It's good, not just because thousands of men and women serve our society as law enforcement, but because this is part of our good God's plan for us.

God used Paul to make it clear that "Everyone must submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are instituted by God. So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God's command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do good and you will have its approval. For government is God's servant to you for good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, because it does not carry the sword for no reason. For government is God's servant, an avenger that brings wrath on the one who does wrong." (Rom. 13:1-4)

Imagine a world without civil government. God cannot, and so He has planned a world in which governing authorities rule for our good.  And so He used Paul once again to encourage the church  "First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." (1 Tim. 2:1-4) So, today as we pray for law enforcement officers in our state, we are praying in the middle of God's will, for the accomplishment of His purposes, and the spread of the Gospel.

One last thing. If you really want to bless those who serve in this way, do two things. First, thank an officer for their service. Second, help make their day a little less busy by obeying the law.