Give Thanks for Your Freedom
When you see the “Stars and Stripes,” don’t just cheer or salute; give thanks for your freedom even as you pray for those who don’t enjoy the same freedoms you do.
Pray for the Spread of Freedom
If you watch a parade, let the procession remind you—as the rank and file go by—of the cost of freedom in the past and beauty of freedom in the present. Then pray for the spread of freedom in the future.
Pray for Peace
When you see military uniforms, give thanks for those who have sacrificed in the past and serve in the present to obtain and protect the freedoms you enjoy. But pray also for peace among nations and all people.
Bless the Providers of the Feast
If you indulge in a holiday cookout or Fourth of July feast, say a prayer of thanks to God for the hot dogs, chips, corn-on-the-cob and watermelon. But also ask Him to bless and prosper those farmers, grocers, and others who helped bring the food to your table.
Pray to Sparkle in this World
Amid the oohing and aahing that accompanies fireworks, pray the words of Philippians 2:15, that you (and those you love) “may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world” (ESV).
Moments like these can deepen your appreciation of any patriotic holiday. In fact, add a few ideas of your own in the comments section below. After all, it’s a free country.
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