The world we live in today seems scary at times. Jesus warned us 2,000 years ago that there would be a time that father would be against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother. The Lord warns us of coming times in His Word, not to scare us, but so that we might prepare ourselves for it.
Every morning my husband gets up, gets dressed, kisses us goodbye, and my stomach has a slight knot in it until he comes home at night. He is a law enforcement officer. He nobly protects and serves our community, and yet some of our community members hate him simply because he wears a badge. I talk to God many times throughout the day, asking Him to protect my LEO and others across our country. The knot eases when I talk to the Lord about it. So my friends, let’s back our men and women in blue with hope, love, and prayer. The following scriptures help give us hope in our future and remind us that God’s got this! They are from that English Standard (ESV) translation.
1. Jeremiah 29:11
This verse from the book of Jeremiah is a popular verse for a reason. We can hold on to it in any season in our lives. God is here, and He lets us know that we need not worry because He’s working everything in our life for our GOOD and for HOPE for our future!
2. Proverbs 24:19-20
This next verse is extra important for those in law enforcement and for those of us who love our LEOs. God tells us we don’t have to worry ourselves over the wicked on the earth. He’s got that all taken care of!
3. 1 Peter 1:3
God has been so merciful to His children. When we accept Jesus Christ as our personal savior, we are given a living hope! Every moment of our lives we are receiving a renewed hope through His resurrection.
4. Romans 8:24-25
In this beautiful scripture, Paul (the author of Romans) explains why we have hope for our future. We place our hope in Jesus by faith. Therefore we place our hope and future in Him through prayers for a better world. We continue to place our hope in Him, and we are able to wait patiently for Lord’s Will to be done.
5. Romans 15:13
Our God is love and hope. When we became believers in the Gospel, we were blessed by the Holy Spirit coming to live in each of us. He is the God of all joy! We are so lucky!
God’s Word is a Living Word. It applies to yesterday, tomorrow, and forever. He gives us messages through it that may have meant something last week, but often He opens our eyes to an additional meaning today. God is love, hope, and joy. When we are praying to something specific, it helps to pray scripture. Here is an example:
Father, I come to you today with all thanksgiving. I praise the name of Jesus through whom you ransomed us. I ask if any of my sins would hinder my prayer to you, I ask Your forgiveness. Lord, you know the climate today. Law enforcement has always been a dangerous job, but it is way more so now. I ask that as my husband works today, I pray that your hedge of protection be around him. I claim Your Living Hope, day in and day out, for our nation and law enforcement. Doing this job can place heavy weights on our hearts, so I ask that as our God of Hope, You will fill us with all joy and peace in believing. I thank you for Your workings in my life. I ask these things through the name of Jesus. Amen.
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