Happy Independence Day!

Happy 4th of July! As you begin this Independence Day, might you spend some time with these scriptures which remind us what freedom in God means and in a prayer created for this day.

  • "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners; to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord" (Isaiah 61:1-2).

  • "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" (2 Corinthians 3:17).

  • "'If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free'" (John 8:31-32).

  • "'So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed'" (John 8:36).

  • "It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery" (Galatians 5:1)

  • "For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God" (1 Peter 2:15-16).

  • "So I will keep Your law continually, forever and ever. And I will walk at liberty, for I seek Your precepts" (Psalm 119:44-45).

  • "For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline" (2 Timothy 1:7).

Independence Day Prayer

Lord, we stand today

as our forefathers have stood before You

in times gone by,

Celebrating our history and revelling in all the great things

that our country has achieved.

On this day we rejoice in the favor You have graciously given us.

We thank You for the blessings of liberty,

for this generation and for the generations to come.

We thank You for our independence,

peace and for all those who have bravely given their lives

in the defense of freedom and justice.

We thank You that Your gracious and provident hand

has given us so much.

Yet as a nation and people

we have not always chosen the right way.

We ask You to forgive us for these times.

On this day we commit ourselves to

wholeheartedly honoring and serving You.

With everything that we are,

we lay our lives before You.

Make us a generous people,

A holy nation,

A people set aside to love You forever,

For the sake of the land of the brave and free,

And the peoples and nations of this world.

Today, we do not presume Your grace for our country.

Our land is in need of You,

Our people are in need of You,

Our industry and business is in need of You.

May we look only to You

This Independence Day, dependent on You.

Please come now by Your glorious Holy Spirit,

Breathe new life into the sinews of this nation.

May justice flow like rivers,

And righteousness like a never failing stream,

Until the whole of our country is covered with Your glory,

As the waters cover the sea.

We ask all this in the wonderful name of Jesus,

Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit.

One God, now and for all eternity.


a modern prayer for the United States of America


Joan KelleyComment