Evangelist continues to pray with, for North Augusta officers

This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.

 

— Psalms 118:23, the Bible verse Daisy Harris says guides her

More than a year after she began praying with and for the officers of North Augusta’s Public Safety Department, Daisy Harris is still “standing in the gap,” for her congregation in blue.

The North Augusta evangelist said God told her to start praying with the officers in July 2016 after five policemen were shot to death by a sniper in Dallas.

The Lord told her to do it for 30 days and she did. She took a break for awhile, then God told her it was time to go back.

She asked Him when she should go and He told her Chief John Thomas would have the answer. They decided she would go every Tuesday and she now alternates her weekly visits between day and night shifts.

On a recent Tuesday evening, she couldn’t get from her car to the headquarters door without being greeted and hugged by a couple of officers and a civilian employee. Entering the building, it’s clear she’s known and loved by all.

“She’s one of us,” a busy officer in a hurry says as he passes in the hall.

Then it’s on to the kitchen, where the men who will watch out for North Augusta from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. have gathered. Some are seated, filling out paperwork. One rummages through a closet for a fresh stun gun. They all look up from their tasks and greet her warmly.

“They come in this kitchen willingly, and they have accepted me willingly,” she says. “It’s not about me. It’s about us.”

She gets straight to what she’s there for.

“Our most gracious and holy Father, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by your precious Holy Spirit, here we are once again,” she begins. She gives thanks and asks for protection for the officers in the kitchen, those at other stations, those who are working as firefighters, the dispatchers, Chief Thomas, other employees and volunteers.

“Every battle they encounter is not theirs, but is yours Lord,” she says. “Father, these men and women are here to serve this community. They are the ministers, Father, who go about and enforce and keep and maintain the laws of this city. …As they go out to protect and serve, I thank you Father that you are protecting them and serving them.”

She prays for the officers’ wives and children, even their parents.

“The Lord is their shepherd and they shall not want,” she says. “Your hand is upon this city, your hand is upon this department.”

She asks that all be protected from “that man or woman the Devil has chosen to use” and “make their (officers’) enemies their footstools.”

Then she prays for the salvation of that person being used by the Devil.

“I pray, Father, that you would change their mind and their heart,” she says.

In conclusion, she makes one more request for her officers’ safety.

“I ask that you continue to protect them and watch over them,” she says. “Continue to annoint them afresh. Continue to let the glory of God be revealed through them, and in them, and around them as they go forth.”

As she leaves, on her way to lead a Bible study nearby, she turns to a reporter following her: “Make sure you put in your story that this is God’s work, not mine.”

Reach James Folker at (706) 823-3338 or james.folker@augustachronicle.com

Daisy Harris conducts a twice-monthly Bible study that is open to all on Tuesdays at the North Augusta Community Center after she prays with night-shift officers at Public Safety Headquarters. Sometimes she has to change the time or day of the meeting, so she asks that anyone interested in going call her first at (803) 442-6896.

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