(12) Local Government & Law Enforcement

1 Timothy 2.1-4

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may live a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all people to be saved.

Romans 13:1, 3-4

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God … the one who is in authority … does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God.


It doesn’t matter whether or not you voted for our city’s elected officials. Either way, they still have the power and authority to make a huge difference to the well-being of our city and its individual communities, so they definitely need our prayers. They need us to ask God to guide them in their decision-making so that they exemplify his loving kindness and we need to ask that he would protect their hearts from corruption. We must also pray for the safety and integrity of our police force who put their lives on the line for our security.


Lord Jesus, we thank you for the men and women who serve our City in leadership and law enforcement roles and for their families. Please provide them with reminders each day of the good, true and noble reasons that led them to decide to dedicate their lives to public service, and use that commitment to encourage them and to inspire the decisions that they make and the actions that they take. Amen


The three MPs for Southampton are Caroline Nokes (Conservative) for Romsey and Southampton North, Royston Smith (Conservative) for Southampton Itchen and Alan Whitehead (Labour) for Southampton Test. We also suggest that you find out the names of your own councillors and, if you can, keep up to date on what matters they are making decisions on. Pray too for all council employees.