You are probably aware that the Police and Crimes Commissioner vote takes place on 5th May 2016 nationally, excluding London and Manchester, but it is also the National Day of Prayer for the Police.
Organised by COACT part of Christian Police Association they have asked people to set aside time to pray for the Police Force nationally and locally.
“Prayer is key, powerful and changes things; it is the slender nerve, which moves the hand of God and we are asking him to intervene in our communities.
Prayer undergirds action and forms part of an holistic Christian response to crime reduction. In St Paul’s letter to the Romans (13:1-5) we see the role of the Police Service identified as coming from God and we are urged in his first letter to Timothy (2:1-2) to pray for those in authority in order that we may live peaceful and quiet lives.
The Police Service has the task of keeping the peace and the Christian community can play an active role in helping this.
There is circumstantial evidence to suggest that prayer may help to reduce crime and community tension.
Praying specifically for your local policing situation may well bring tangible results. Individuals and churches in neighbourhoods can, so to speak, ‘adopt a cop’ by praying for specific officers, staff and teams at their local police station, as well as places and issues, and so offer that prayerful support. Specifically find out the names of your local Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) and commit to praying for them.”
The above information is from their website www.coact.org.uk.
Churches and prayer groups can use this handy guide for things to pray for over the course of an hour, provided by the CPA. Prayer Guide