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Briefing: Communication seems to be one of the biggest short falls of law enforcement. Even on a national level, we always hear that one agency knew information and did not pass it on to another agency.

Dispatch (Assignment): I challenge you to keep a tally of every time you intentionally pray for the next seven days.

On the Street: What is prayer? Simply put, it is communication with God. He is our heavenly Father and loves us very much. I have, and love dearly, two teenaged kids. I am very interested in what goes on in their lives. I love talking with them. This has given me a greater appreciation for God’s desire to have us communicate with Him. He loves us and wants to be involved in our lives. He wants to be included in what we do on a daily basis.

Prayer is simple; it takes very little time or effort but it is so very important. It is so simple that as you read this you can do it. You don’t have to get on your knees (although there is a time and a place for kneeling), you don’t have to fold your hands, or even close your eyes. It does not have to be in a church or on a Sunday. Right now, just talk to Him. It may sound silly to you but try it. Maybe something like this, “God, I feel really goofy doing this but I know it pleases you to hear from me. Please help me to communicate with you more often.” Prayer is one of those foundational principles that we must pay attention to and strive to make it a habit.

Proverbs 15:8 (NIV), “The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases Him.”

Proverbs 15:29 (NIV), “The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous.”

Investigational Resources: Deuteronomy 4:7, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Matthew 5:44, 6:5-15, Ephesians 6:18, 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Officer Safety Principle: We have to be in relationship with God and to be in relationship takes communication. Pray.

from The Book of Proverbs Through the Eyes of a Cop
©by Charles Gilliland. Used by permission.
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