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July 4: A Prayer of Thanksgiving for the Declaration of Independence for the United States of America

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Heavenly Father, we thank You for the United States of America. Thank You for allowing us to live in a nation where we can enjoy freedom and liberty.  Thank You, Lord, for being the rock and fortress of the United States of America.  Lord, we come clapping our hands and shouting with joyful praise to You, the Great King of all the earth.  You are awesome!  You subdue the nations before us, putting our enemies beneath our feet.  We will be still and know that You are God.  You will be honored by every nation and throughout the world. 

Gracious Father, where Your Spirit is, there is freedom. Your Word says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” As we celebrate the independence of our nation, we thank You for providing our freedom through Your grace and mercy. On July 2, 1776, delegates of thirteen colonies voted to declare independence from British rule, and on July 4th, the formal wording of the declaration was approved and signed. Holy Spirit, thank You for empowering the founding fathers with Your wisdom, knowledge and courage.  We are thankful for the fact that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by You, our Creator, with certain unalienable rights, and among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  We acknowledge that You are the place of safety for this nation and as a result we are able to dwell in freedom and security.  We declare that when the enemy comes against our nation, like a flood, You continue to raise up a standard against him so that we may live in a land of peace, joy and abundance. 

Omnipotent Father, we thank You for the soldiers who fought for our independence. Thank You for the men and women who are presently fighting now to maintain our freedom and independence.  Holy Spirit, we ask that You will continue to strengthen them and help them to remain strong in battle.  Lord, hide our troops and allies beneath the shadow of Your wings until the danger passes. Holy Spirit, touch the hearts of our nation’s leaders to trust in You with all their hearts and not lean to their own understanding.  Help them to seek Your will in all that they do as You direct their paths. Remind every American believer that You have given all of us the grace to walk in righteousness and peace through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever.

What freedoms in our nation are you personally thankful for?  List them and share your thankfulness with the Lord: 

Holy Father, forgive our nation for taking our constitutional freedoms for granted.  Forgive us for abusing and misusing the laws of this land to suit our own personal interests, agendas and needs.  Forgive us, as a nation, for not always acknowledging You and Your righteousness.  Forgive us for not respecting those whom You have placed in authority to lead our nation.  Forgive our nation’s leaders for their sins.  Forgive those who do not consult with You about governing our country.  Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed).  Holy Spirit, remind every American citizen of those they need to forgive and help them to be quick to forgive.  As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive.  (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show you names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He shows you, say aloud, “I forgive name of person(s).”  Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

Holy Spirit, help us all to not yield to temptation; but deliver us from the evil one.

Lord of Heaven’s Armies You are the only true God.  You are the living God and the everlasting King.  The whole earth trembles at Your anger. The nations cannot stand up to Your wrath.  You are the Creator of everything that exists.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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