Happy Fourth of July week!
Communities all across the United States will celebrate the Fourth of July this week with parades, patriotic music and grand firework displays. In honor of Independence Day, many friends and families will grill burgers, hot dogs and steaks. My husband bought some Iowa sweet corn along with some ribs for the special day.
Although celebrations will be in full swing, sometimes an undercurrent of fear and anxiety about the future of our country tugs at the minds of its people. Listening to the news can stir distress in even the calmest of hearts. Specifically, economic crisis, energy crisis, terrorist crisis, and natural disasters are a few of the concerns facing our nation. As a result, the threat of crisis impacts and unnerves us and carries over to our children. Even when we make an effort to not burden our kids with these adult problems, the worries of our world invade their innocence too soon.
As we are disturbed by the news, we can get focused on being critical and complaining to one another in person and on social media. Admittedly, I have been guilty of this at times! I have watched the news and gotten too frustrated to sleep well. As a result, I found that I had exhausted my patience with the news and biased stories and began avoiding and ignoring current events altogether. Of course, neither getting frustrated or ignoring the situations is a great response.
Our Hope Is In God
Knowing that God is the only hope for us and our great country, I am choosing the better approach. Now, I choose to put my focus in bringing every concern to our God of hope and petition Him for His mercy, deliverance and revival for these wonderful United States.
The Bible gives us historical accounts of God’s mercy, deliverance and revival among His people. One of these is found in the book of Daniel. God’s people including Daniel were in captivity. In the ninth chapter of Daniel, the Bible records Daniel’s prayer on behalf of his people. He prayed to God with humility, faith, fervency and fasting. Daniel prayed knowing who he was talking to. Daniel prayed with confidence in God’s love, mercy and promises. Daniel prayed confessing sin and asking for the removal of guilt. Daniel prayed asking for God’s mercy for God’s own glory and God answered!
A Prayer for Our Nation
Daniel’s prayer is a great inspiration and model for praying for our nation. Will you join me in praying this prayer?
A Prayer for Our Nation
Lord, we ask that you would raise up prayer warriors and intercessors to stand in the gap. May we turn our attention to you, our Lord God to seek you by prayer and petitions, with fasting and humility on behalf of the United States.
Ah, Lord—the great and awe-inspiring God, you keep your gracious covenant with those who love you and keep your commands. We have sinned, done wrong, acted wickedly, rebelled, and turned away from your commands and ordinances. Compassion and forgiveness belong to you Lord God, though we have rebelled against you and have not obeyed you by following your instructions. Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, may your anger and wrath turn away from the United States. God, hear our prayer and petitions. Make your face shine on your people for your sake. For we are not presenting our petitions before you based on our righteous acts, but based on your abundant compassion. Lord, hear! Lord, forgive! Lord, listen and act! My God, for your own sake, do not delay, because your people bear your name. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
May we have hope in the God of Hope. May He fill us with all joy and peace as we trust in Him and may we overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. May we pray when He calls us to pray and when we celebrate, may we do so with joy and peace in our hearts.
God bless America!