July 4

 

Holy Father,

 

We praise You that Your reign has no geographic boundaries or cultural limits (Psalm 22:28). You sit upon Your throne ruling and directing all the nations, despite their exalted view of their own wisdom (Psalm 47:8). Thank You that indeed one day You will be exalted in all the earth and that Truth will one day be returned to preeminence (Psalm 46:10).

 

Lord, I waiver between worrying about our country and ignoring our problems altogether. On the issues that I think I can change, I spout my opinion and gripe loudly about the leaders that aren’t pleasing me. On other instances, I intentionally disregard them, feeling that there is nothing I can do about it anyway.

 

Forgive me for both attitudes, Father. I am so caught up in my own worldview that I seldom ask for a glimpse of Your own. Reveal to me what You have stored up  in the heavenlies for our nation. Show me what is already bound in the heavenlies that I should be binding on earth (Matthew 18:18).

 

I lay  my motives bare before You. You know my weaknesses. You know my hidden desires. You know my areas of willingness and as well as those of stubbornness. Although I claim to be praying the “if My people will pray” verse, I admit to You that I often don’t really want to turn my back on my own secret sins in order to fulfill my part of the promise (2 Chronicles 7:14).

 

Make me willing to be willing, Lord. Come fulfill Your purpose within me, so that I can pray with authority for our country (Matthew 6:10). Focus my mind of the things of the Spirit so that the Your Life within me can marginalize the darkness around me (Romans 8:6). Be my Light (John 1:4).

 

Think Your thoughts through me (John 14:26). Make me a Holy Satellite Hub that finds my desires met in You. In this way, I know that my every wish for our country would be granted (Psalm 37:4-5). Radiate Your brilliant glory from the depths of all we are (Zechariah 2:5). In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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