“If you want to effect change, then you better get on in and pray for us. That’s the only way that change is going to happen.”
These words were spoken by the vice president of the Houston Police Officers Union, Doug Griffith, at a recent press conference announcing plans for a statewide event called, “Let’s Pray Texas.”
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and other dignitaries talked about why the event was so important and its ultimate goal of bringing the police and the communities they serve back together.
“We held the ‘Let’s Pray Houston’ event last January,” Griffith explained. “And now we’re taking it across Texas. We have reached out to people all across the state – community people, politicians, police unions and departments, and all first responders.”
“This event is not just for people who love and support the police,” Griffith added. “It’s also for the people who don’t support us; the ones who are critical of current law enforcement practices and policies.”
The mayor has been nothing but enthusiastic. He noted that it was a great event for Houston and it’s even greater now it’s gone statewide – police and the people praying together.
The Mayor said, “When I think about what has taken place in the last 11 months like the shooting that took place in West University
area, where nine people were injured, you can see there is a need to pray for one another and for all of law enforcement.”
“Let’s Pray Texas” kicked off with 24 hours of prayer at the Houston police union’s prayer room. Members of the union handed out “Pray for
Police” and “Let’s Pray Texas” wristbands to the groups of people who participated.
“We prayed together – Houston cops and people from the community prayed that we will stay together and stay safe and that the leaders of
our nation and our local communities will be protected from harm,” Griffith said.