If you Google the phrase “only effective when used” (like I did ), you will find an extremely wide range of topics for which the axiom applies. The hits included such items as deodorant, condoms, parental discipline, disinfectant, firearm trigger locks, sleeping pills and seatbelts.
I would like to include another item to the list. PRAYER. Prayer is only effective when used. I believe that many if not most Christians know that prayer is a privilege, a sacred, princely privilege. And yes, prayer is a duty, an obligation that binds many of us to a ritual of prayer before meals or bedtime. But prayer is so much more than a privilege, more than a duty. It is a means, an instrument by which we engage the hand of God in the affairs of man. Let the following texts bear proof:
“Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female servants, so they could have children.” (Genesis 20:17, NLT)
“Then the people screamed to Moses for help, and when Moses prayed to the Lord, the fire stopped.” (Numbers 11:2, NLT)
“Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.” (James 5:17–18, NLT)
The pinnacle purpose of the Adopt-A-Cop prayer ministry is to engage the hand of God in protecting and guiding the servants whom He has appointed as authorities over us and who serve to protect us. At some level you must believe in the power and purpose of prayer or you would not be a participant in this ministry. However, prayer is only effective when used!
Take some time today, (perhaps right now) to stop and pray for a specific law enforcement officer by name. If you don’t know an officer, go to Adopt-A-Cop.org, sign up to be a prayer partner and you will be sent one.
When you pray, go to the Adopt-A-Cop Facebook page and click like and share this post! Help us continue to build an army of prayer warriors willing to engage in spiritual battle to protect those who serve to protect us!
Honored To Serve,
Chaplain Clif Cummings