Independence Day is an important day for all Americans. On July 4, 1776, our nation declared itself to be an independent nation. With the signing of the Declaration of Independence our Forefathers proclaimed to England and the world our determination to become a free country.
Our freedom didn’t come easy. It would take several difficult years of war before our independence would finally be won. Our first years as a nation were not free from struggles, difficulties and even controversies (as is still true). But our forefathers were determined to establish a free government by laying a strong foundation for this with the writing of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. They have stood the test of time, and on July 4th we give thanks for the wisdom, faith and courage of those leaders.
We pause on this Independence Day to reflect on God’s goodness to us as a nation. We also look to the Lord in faith, prayer and repentance, committing ourselves and America to His will. Even in troubled times, our hope remains firm in our Lord. The Psalmist words are true, and remain at the center of our prayer, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12).
I hope you will take a few minutes today to join with me in prayer for our nation and our leaders. I also pray you have a safe and blessed Independence Day!
Bishop Mike Ainsworth
Cornerstone Conference IPHC
A Prayer For America
by Franklin Graham
Lord, we are thankful for the abundant blessings You have bestowed on America.
Our forefathers looked to You as protector, provider and the promise of hope. But we have wandered far from that firm foundation. May we repent for turning our backs on Your faithfulness.
We pray that this great nation will be restored by Your forgiveness. From bondage, You grant freedom. Through Your own sacrifice, You offer salvation. From the state of despair, You offer peace. From the bounties of heaven, You have blessed—not because of our goodness—but by Your grace.
You have given us freedom to worship You in spirit and in truth as Your Holy Word instructs. May our lives honor You in word and deed. May our nation acknowledge that all good things come from the Father above.
(From the 2010 National Day of Prayer)