I love the Fourth of July. I love cooking out, splashing in the pool with friends, and watching fireworks. Patriotic music and the red, white, and blue give me a lump in my throat.
Though we celebrate our independence, we celebrate somewhat in ignorance. Most of us have never been without it. We’ve had life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness since birth.
But it didn’t happen by accident.
Books like David McCullough’s 1776 and Peter Marshall’s The Light and the Glory point to God’s help in the establishment of our nation and in the winning of her freedom.
There was more than just a physical battle for our nation then. There was a spiritual one. And, make no mistake, a spiritual battle is being fought for her today. The warfare section of Ephesians 6 finishes with “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” (Ephesians 6:18 NIV) “All the saints” includes a great many men and women in service.
As we celebrate the Fourth this week, please consider praying for our military. If you don’t have friends or family who serve, I’ll gladly take your prayers for mine who deploys soon.
Here’s a few items to get you started. For the one serving, especially if deployed: a cleaving to God, protection, discernment, wise leadership, a safe return, minimal boredom and homesickness, victory. For those at home: light hearts, busy hands, peaceful minds, and a spirit focused on God.
As you enjoy your Fourth, intercede for your brothers and sisters in uniform. Nail your spiritual workouts and change your corner of the gym.
Workout of the Week: Independence and Intercession
Memory Verse: “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” Ephesians 6:18 NIV
Meditation Passage: Psalm 51
Just Do It: Pray for our military.
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