Are you looking for an easy way to serve your community as a church or small worship group? The Adopt-A-Cop Prayer Protection Program is a great program for small and large groups to utilize the power of prayer. The program, which can be found at http://www.adopt-a-cop.org/, is a grass-roots movement organized by individual volunteer coordinators. These coordinators go to the law enforcement agencies in their communities and accumulate the names of various officers who are requesting prayer. With the program in more than 20 states around the U.S., there is ample opprotunity to help your local officers that are in need of prayer.
Worship Community Church, a local church in St. Cloud, Florida, recently started their prayer circle around 10 officers. Here is their unique approach to the program:
1. Visit http://www.adopt-a-cop.org/, and locate a coordinator in your community. To locate, go to the menu on the left-hand side of the page which reads “United State (A-M)” and “United States (N-Z). After you find a phone number and email for a coordinator, contact them and let them know your intentions to become prayer warriors for multiple officers in that community.
Let the coordinator know how many names you are looking for at the beginning of the conversation and also offer to email them the request shortly after the call. Small church groups typically want multiple officers so that each person or each set of people can pray for one officer. Letting the coordinator know the specific number of officers you would like to pray for, allows them to better prepare to meet your request. Sending them a follow-up email reminds them of your request and allows them to email you the names rather than tell you over the phone where spelling issues may occur.
2. Explain what the program does as the names are distributed to the members of your group.
Have a list of topics toremeber when explaining the program. Here are our suggestions:
The prayer program is meant to provide daily prayer for these officers. Remind your group to remember these great men and women in their daily prayer life.
Let your prayer warriors have a reference page of prayer points. There is a downloadable document on the Adopt-a-Cop website listing these points. Please visit this link to download and print these points http://www.adopt-a-cop.org/10prayerpoints.html. Another option is to download the Blue Badge Dispatch Prayer Card to pass out with the officer names written on the name bar along the bottom of the page. To print these please download this file, http://bit.ly/pT9l2C
Mention this verse from the home page of the Adopt-a-Cop website.
“I urge then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be
made for everyone – for kings and for all those in authority that we may live
peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” – 1 Timothy 2: 1-2 (NIV)
3. Pass out the names of the officers to your group. We have provided a JPEG file that can be printed at your local printer or from home. This sheet is great because it lists the 10 prayer points along with a name bar located at the bottom of the page in order to write or type the name of the officer on the sheet. Worship Community Church printed this image two to a sheet of paper. To download, follow this link http://bit.ly/pT9l2C. Also, if you would like this to be emailed to you, please email your request to email@example.com .
Make these sheets into prayer magnets. They can be made to resemble the prayer magnets that are passed out when someone asks for prayer during a mission trip. By cutting 3cm X 3cm pieces of magnet and placing these in two corners of the sheet, members can now place these sheets on their fridge where they will be reminded to pray for their officer everyday. Magnet rolls are typically sold with an adhesive backing and can be found at general stores such as Walmart or craft stores such as Micheal’s.
The Adopt-a-Cop Prayer Program is a great way to give back to those who serve our community. In three quick steps, you and your group can participate in a quick and powerful community outreach project.