NEXT week, we’ll celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer part of the British Empire, but that they would be a new nation, the United States of America. We declared our INDEPENDENCE.
Our independence, as a sovereign nation, has released blessings of prosperity and freedom to the world. However, the blessings of our sovereign INDEPENDENCE are directly tied to the knowledge of our Sovereign DEPENDENCE.
John Hancock, the first signer of the Declaration of Independence, said, "Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual. Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us" (History of the United States of America, Vol. II, p. 229).
The strength of our INDEPENDENCE, as a nation, is directly tied to the firmness of our DEPENDENCE upon God as citizens of that nation.
So often we go about our daily lives thinking we don’t need help. We place our trust and hope in ourselves and quietly declare that we are the masters of our fate. This attitude runs rampant in our nation and has separated us from God’s life and blessing. What our nation needs is a renewal of our dependence upon the Author and Sustainer of liberty.
We’ll joyfully shout, “Happy Independence Day!” next week, but THIS WEEK, let our focus be on calling ourselves – and our nation – back to complete dependence upon God. In the Gospel of John, Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” However, when we fully and firmly rely upon Him, all things are possible!
I encourage everyone to join me this week and appeal to God from our knees in prayer for our nation. May our dependence be upon Him and not ourselves!
Pray for these as you kneel before the Lord:
· A spirit of repentance and humility
· A fresh passion to seek God for personal and national renewal
· The recovery of biblical principles in our society
· An outpouring of God’s Spirit to bring unity and revival
Will you join me in prayer this week?
Almighty God, we come before you this week humbled, in awe of Who You are and all You do.
Father, we praise You, and lift You up, for You are worthy.
Lord, we thank You for the freedom You brought to our nation over 200 years ago.
We thank You for the men and women throughout the years who gave their lives for that freedom. May they always be remembered for the greatest sacrifice they could possibly give.
Jesus, we look to You in all areas of our lives. We depend upon You and You Alone.
We pray the same prayer that Your servant King David prayed,
We acknowledge You as our Rock, our Fortress and our Deliverer, our Stronghold in whom we can take refuge (Ps. 18:2)
God we pray that You would humble us, tear down our pride, and cleanse our hearts.
Pour out Your Spirit upon us and our nation. Cause a wave of Your love and refreshing to crash upon our land.
We tear down the spirit of self-righteousness, self-determination, and selfishness! We release a heart that trusts and relies upon God alone!
We place our dependence and our faith in Jesus’ redeeming work of grace! May it be our banner and our hope!
In Jesus’ Name!
Thank YOU for living as Kingdom citizens in this great nation. Together, we will see God move in our world and bring renewal to our land. Each week, as we pray, Heaven hears and God answers. Please don’t stop praying. Don’t stop caring. Don’t stop working to advance the Kingdom in YOUR world. I’m praying for YOU, representing YOU, and believing God with YOU for great things now and in the days ahead!