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Faith Matters: Prayer of honor and protection for all police law enforcement

The Rev. Don Sturiano gives the closing prayer during the Minnie L. Rogers Plaza and Retail Center's ground-breaking ceremony on the grounds of the former 13th Avenue Community Center. The Central Community Redevelopment Agency collaborated with several entities to bring a grocery store and other retail businesses to the site at the intersection of 13th Avenue West and First Street in Bradenton.
The Rev. Don Sturiano gives the closing prayer during the Minnie L. Rogers Plaza and Retail Center's ground-breaking ceremony on the grounds of the former 13th Avenue Community Center. The Central Community Redevelopment Agency collaborated with several entities to bring a grocery store and other retail businesses to the site at the intersection of 13th Avenue West and First Street in Bradenton. TIFFANY TOMPKINS/Bradenton Herald

Father of Heaven and Earth, I lift up our law enforcement officers before You, asking that You and all of Heaven would take notice, and take heed to this prayer for all those who have vowed and dedicated their lives to serve and protect Your children on the Earth in whom, You so dearly love.

I pray that Your Mighty Hand and Outstretched Arm would go before them in the battle for justice, anointing them as Your Agents of Right, thus to foil the deeds of those who plot evil.

I ask of You Precious and Powerful Holy Spirit, to envelop each of them with the peace of Christ that transcends understanding; guiding them with the wisdom of Solomon as they protect the citizens of their cities.

Grant them, Oh God, the courage and strength of King David to slay the Goliaths of wrongdoing and also give them the loving kindness of David the Shepherd, to serve with compassion and a gentle hand, discerning when to be as a lion and when to be as a lamb.

And now Dear Lord, as they embark to their noble assignments, I ask that You would dispatch and assign Warring Angels of Great Might and Power to protect them and keep them from harm, and also grant an overwhelming peace to their loved ones, reminding every mother and father, wife and husband, son and daughter that You, the Creator of the universe has them all in HIS hands.

It is in the name of Jesus The Christ our Lord and King I pray and declare this all.

Amen.

Pastor Don Sturiano, pastor of Kingdom Life Christian Church, which meets at 11 a.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday at 3700 20 Sixth St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-776-0026. Faith Matters is a regular feature of Saturday’s Herald, written by local clergy members.

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