Prayer for Those Who Bravely Risk Their Lives for Others
Lord God, thank You for the courageous men and women who have chosen such difficult and dangerous jobs—police, fire, EMTs and others. Thank You for their sacrifices and service. Thank You for their hard work in training and preparing. Help them to feel the respect and gratitude of their communities, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Prayer for the Training and Preparation They Undergo
Lord, in the rigors of training and the demands of waiting and preparation first responders go through, please sustain and strengthen them. Go before them and prepare the way; guard their going out and their coming in (Psalm 121:8). Make them sharp as they train and prepare, and give them supernatural calm and recall when they must apply their training, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Prayer for Their Safety as They Do Their Jobs
Father God, keep our first responders safe in every situation. Give Your angels charge concerning them, to guard them in all their ways (Psalm 91:11). Show Yourself strong on their behalf and be their refuge and fortress in times of danger. Hide them in the shadow of Your wings and cover them with your feathers; let Your faithfulness be their shield and rampart (see Psalm 91:14-16).
Prayer for Wisdom in Their Duties
God, Your word says that anyone who lacks wisdom should ask You, and You will provide it. I ask for discernment on behalf of first responders, who frequently face complex situations and must make snap decisions. Give them wisdom from You, Lord, and help them in their moment of need to make timely and wise decisions, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Prayer Against Panic and Fatigue
Lord God, as You commanded Joshua, so grant that first responders everywhere may “Be strong and courageous…not be afraid…not be discouraged.” Help them to know that You will be with them wherever they go (Joshua 1:9, NIV). “Strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, and make straight paths for [their] feet” (Hebrews 12:12, NASB); focus their minds and hearts and steel them against panic and fatigue, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Prayer for the Family and Loved Ones of First Responders
Lord, have mercy on those who must wait, trust, and hope every time a first responder goes into action. They are all too aware of the dangers their loved ones face. Please, as Your word promises, keep them in perfect peace; steady their minds and help them to trust in You (Isaiah 26:3), in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Prayer for the Emotional Protection and Recovery of Rescue Volunteers
Gracious God, You know that first responders ride an emotional roller coaster, and even when their efforts are successful, the things they see and do take a heavy toll emotionally. Please guard their hearts and minds. Restore their mental and emotional resources when they have been depleted. And let them not become weary in their good work (Galatians 6:9), in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Prayers from guideposts.org.