Saturday is America’s 239th anniversary of independence from Great Britain. It’s our Independence Day. On the day our Declaration of Independence was signed, July 2nd, 1776, John Adams declared the event should be “commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more.”
We do that last part well, don’t we?! I love Pueblo on the 4th of July! But how often do we come to our Independence Day and commemorate it by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty? Let’s begin this year’s celebration by doing just that. Pray with me, Sisters?
You are holy and gracious, and we come before you and bless your name. From your loving hand we receive every good and perfect gift (James 1:17). Our freedom from tyranny is a wonderful gift; our freedom from sin and death is the ultimate gift. We are grateful. May we honor you in our hearts, words, and actions this Independence Day and always.
July 4th is the day we as Americans celebrate God-given freedoms, opportunities, and blessings, all given by the loving hand of our heavenly Father and fought for and protected by our armed forces. Freedom comes at a cost. It is the land of the free, because of the brave.
Lord of all,
We are grateful for the men and women who have fought and who are fighting to keep us free. Bless and protect our servicemen and women. Strengthen them and bless their families. Keep their marriages strong and their children safe as they serve to keep our children safe. Bring them home with able minds and healthy bodies. Bless them financially and bring them honor, for no greater love has any man than to lay down his life for others (John 15:3). For those who will give the ultimate sacrifice, I ask that you speak to their hearts and grant them a chance to know you. May their families feel your loving arms wrap gently around them and may they be so aware of your presence that they turn to you also. Lord, thank you for our soldiers. Thank you for our freedom.
America has seen her share of problems and heartache: Homelessness, the Depression Era, the attack on Pearl Harbor, and terrorism. On September 11th, 2001, nearly 3,000 people from 93 countries lost their lives after Islamic terrorists used four U.S. airliners as deadly weapons. And ISIS now threatens our very existence.
Every American feels the impact of each attack on our people. Time does not heal all wounds, but love and grace can make whole the broken. Build a hedge of protection around our nation, Lord (Job 1:10). Bring light to those who would do us harm, and enable your people to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us (Matt. 5:44). You alone are able to make beauty from ugliness, bring redemption from destruction, and sanctify unworthiness.
America has increasingly turned her back on God in defiant self-will. In two landmark decisions, the Supreme Court of the Land overruled the Supreme Creator of the Land and legalized abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy in 1972, and redefined marriage in 2015. These rulings, however, are simply a result of a society that has consistently chosen the god of “I want” over the God of the Bible. The values America was founded upon are now seen as out of date and relativism is now the dominate religion.
Forgive us. May America turn from her wicked ways and seek your face. Hear from heaven, Lord, and forgive our sin. Heal our land (2Chron. 7:14). Protect your church, Lord. May a curse without a cause not alight upon your people (Prov. 26:2). As we fix our eyes upon you, keep us in perfect peace, that peace that transcends understanding and mounts guard over us (Phil. 4:7). Thank you that you are in control, and through the death and resurrection of Jesus, your love wins. May we as your children model your love and grace to those around us.
As the bride of Christ, Sisters, let’s set the standard, and commemorate this Independence Day with solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty – as well with pomp and parade.
Our Lord and our God,
We draw near to you today. We ask that your draw near to us as we do. Do heart surgery, Lord. Cut out the very root of all that is not of you. Replace those things in greater degree with your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control (Gal. 5:22&23). Fill us with courage and faith as we stand for you and for our freedoms. May we be bold and take back our rights from those who try to take them from us, both here and abroad. Grant our leaders godly knowledge, discernment, and understanding. Fill each room of our homes with your love, protection, and presence. Daily grow us into the likeness of Jesus. May your Sprit dwell and reign in us today. In the name and power of Jesus, Amen.
Happy Independence Day, Sisters! Bathe in the goodness of God and country. America, even still, is the greatest nation on earth. Enjoy your independence. May God bless you. And may God bless the United States of America!
In His name and for His glory, Jodi Greene