A Prayer of Thanksgiving for the Declaration of Independence for the United States of America
Exodus 15:1-20, Psalm 33
Reflections of the Heart:
In a world where people are persecuted daily because of their faith, we should reflect on how wonderful it is to live in a
country founded on fundamental freedoms for all of its citizens. Let us remember those who fought for our nation’s independence and God-given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Heavenly Father, to whom will we compare Your great and marvelous works? Who is Your equal? There is none equal to You. You are great and greatly to be praised. Your greatness is unsearchable. We thank You, Father, for the independence of the United States of America. We thank You for the people of faith who helped lay the constitutional framework for our nation. Thank You for blessing our nation and its people to live in liberty. Thank You, Lord, for being the rock and fortress of the United States of America. You are our deliverer, the God of our strength; we place our trust in You. You alone are the shield and horn of our salvation.
Father, we declare that 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 freedoms 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 stronghold and refuge of this nation and as a result we are able to dwell in freedom and security. We are aware 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.
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 strengthen them and help them to remain strong in battle. Lord, hide our troops and allies under the shadow of Your wings of protection and let them take refuge in You. 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. We pray for our President and his administration. Endow them with Your wisdom and discernment to lead this nation according to Your will. Please give every American citizen a 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 to the Lord: _______________________________________________________________________________________________
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 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. Forgive us, as a nation, for not always acknowledging You and Your righteousness. Forgive us for all acts of sinfulness, including: hypocrisy, idolatry, injustice, oppression, greed, racism, sexism, ageism, elitism, deceit, sexual immorality, lying, violence, hatred, partiality, and slander. Lord, remind every citizen to be forgiving and please help all of us to forgive.
Lead our nation not into temptation; but deliver it from the evil one.
Blessed are You, the only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords. You alone have immortality and dwell in the light, which no man can approach. To You, O God, belongs honor and power everlasting. Yours is the kingdom, the power and glory forever. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture References for the written text (NKJV and NLT): Isaiah 40:25, Psalm 145:3, Psalm 18:2, Luke 1:69, II Corinthians 3:17, Psalm 33:12, II Samuel 22:3, Isaiah 59:19, Psalm 91:1-4, Proverbs 3:5-6, Matthew 6:13, I Timothy 6:15-16
Today, I will trust God to: