Prayer for July 4th 2011 ~ USA Independence Day

Lord God, thank You for enabling the USA to be established so many years ago.  Thank You that You ordained it to be a place where we can live in freedom, each of us pursuing life the way we believe best.

Lord God, this nation began as a nation which knew it owed its existence to Your sovereignty & provision.  Help a greater percent of our population to realize we still need You, because You are.  Help us to understand that it is our choice whether or not we live under Your wings of protection and provision, dependent on how we choose to live.  Help us to remember that ignoring You does not change the fact that You exist.  You way still applies, whether we choose to acknowledge You or not. If we choose not to acknowledge You, it simply puts us outside Your covering because You honor our choice.  If we choose to operate our lives without You and in rebellion to Your Way, we no longer can expect Your perfect protection or provision.  But Lord, how those who know You desire Your covering!!!

Help us embrace the wisdom of Your way, realizing increasingly each day that Your love is so great and infinite for us, that Your way will certainly bless us, if we will just choose to follow You.  Open our hearts to love one another more and judge each other less. Help us to be so confident in Your love for us, that we no longer expect others to give us the unconditional love we desire, for we know that they are as human as we are (and You are the only one who can love us perfectly.) By the love of Your Spirit at work in us and through us help us to reach out more and self-protect less.  Help us to be slow to anger and eager to listen.  By Your power at work in us, let the encouraging words flow from us to others, to have Your good effect.  Help us never forget that You are speaking to us and to remember to listen! Give us hearts which increasingly trust You and follow where You are leading, no matter how ridiculous it may appear by human standards.  Help us to realize more and more the truth of Your Word that Your ways are not our ways and Your thoughts are not our thoughts, but that Yours are so much higher and better that we can’t even imagine them.  (Oh, Lord how blessed are we that You would speak to us, and lead us in these higher and better ways!!!)

By Your Spirit help us to rejoice in every day, content with such things as we have.  Help us to focus on life from here to eternity, casting all worries aside, knowing that as perfect Abba Father, You will make sure all our needs are met until the day You come to take us to be at home with You for eternity.

Remind us that You use us to be Your love to others, wherever we are every single day. Remind us that wherever You lead us (whether it is where we thought we wanted to be or not), You have great, purposeful work for us, being little lamps which carry Your Light into otherwise dark places.

Please Lord, let us never forget that what we can see, hear, taste, smell, touch with our five senses is but one part of reality – that there is a spiritual reality which is even greater.  We know You are, and we know You are Victor.  But Lord God, impress upon our hearts that in the spiritual realm every day there is a battle afoot which concerns where souls will spend eternity.  Lord God, our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the principalities and powers in the spiritual realm.  Help us remember we do not have to worry about this battle, because You have already won, but help us to be wise in it, and give us the strength to be faithful and not tire of doing the right thing to represent You, Your kingdom and Your Way.  Let complacency and apathy be far from us and help us to have the courage to stand for Your righteousness!

Bless our troops and their families and every single veteran and Gold Star family for we know they stand for us and that without them our borders would be quickly overrun and the country that we love wiped out.  There are no adequate words to thank them, therefore we ask You to bless them for their faithful service.

And so we conclude our prayer by remembering to You again the USA.  We are so grateful for Your hand upon us and ask You to never let us be parted from You.  There is a remnant which knows and understands, Lord. Always in times past, You honored the faith, trust and obedience of Your remnant and this is what we ask of You today.  Oh Heavenly Father, Savior Jesus and Most Blessed Holy Spirit, hear our prayers and restore our land back to being one which seeks to honor You as God and follow You.  We do desire to be now and forever one nation under God.  We do not have the power to accomplish this, but we do have the heart.  Send Your power in response to our heart and cause our land to turn and know You as God.  We look to You.  We trust in You.  We delight in You before we see the answer because we know You are faithful to fulfill Your promises.

This is a prayer You will answer and so we, Your watchmen on the wall, wait expectantly to see a sign of Your answer.  We give You all the praise.  We adore You, o Lord and we bless You, for You alone are God.  In Jesus’ name, Amen

humbly written as “heard” on 7/3/2011 by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2011 

Remember to view the new song, “One Nation Under God” on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d593RguxQI8&feature=share  Share the link!  Let’s let everyone know that the USA is and remains one nation under God.

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro For information on her work for the military and their families please visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org   Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.

Author: Elizabeth Fulgaro

I am a God-seeker--a Jesus-worshipper--a Holy Spirit follower. I create songs, devotions, prayers, books and Bible studies to give words with which to get to know God more. For you. Its for one-on-One encounter unto transformed, transcendent living. This is not my vocation. I am not professional. I am a real, ordinary person just looking to do what God put me here to do. (You have a unique purpose too.) So I am called to the work. It is not my income source, but my gift to those who find it blessing. Eagles Nest Foundation sponsors all projects for you. The result: pure, clean spiritual nutrition to feed that deep insatiable spiritual hunger which eventually overtakes each of us and galvanizes you to the life God has for you. This life is purposeful. Exceptional. You--yes, you--are called to something greater and more satisfying in His service. So it is hoped you'll try this spiritually dense nutrition and find it to be a personal blessing. However, the goodness of God-following doesn't stop there. He uses those who seek Him to be His love and care (justice, mercy, advocate, kindness) very tangibly in the lives of those around you. Not by your power but by His. His ideas. God ideas. Not just good ideas. To be part of changing the world, if you will let Him. You learn to just follow where He leads. That if you listen, He will teach you to hear His voice and then when you obey His inner promptings you will become His incredible hands and feet in this hard world. These materials will help! They will help you aim your life towards God in a way you never look back. You will not be the same. He will become the River in your desert spaces and you will become a conduit of this same River of refreshing, replenishing Water of Life to others. Find a prayer. Pick a blog post. Read a book. Be led deeper into the Bible. Select a song which resonates and use it and use it again to go close and ever closer to the God who longs to draw you near. Oh, and don't be tempted to think I'm a crazy over-spiritualized loony...My background is financial planning and counseling. Almost 40 years of it. To choose to believe in God is not to leave practicality and reason behind, but to learn that there is that which goes beyond it and includes it, unto true life fulfillment beyond all your dreams for the one who keeps seeking Him. I am a third generation Californian. I am a person to whom family means everything. The only priority higher is God. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are my home. It is here the 1849-1856 Gold Rush is still glorified. Easy money? Actually only for the few. Even though I was raised in the Church, it took me ten years of doubting God even existed to realize that without Him, no matter how much of this life's "stuff" is accumulated, I actually have nothing. To come to know that all those who chased after gold are dead and all those who still chase stuff will be dead. That's when I became a God-seeker. Looking for that more. And Eureka! (This is California's state slogan and means I found it.) I found God...or rather, I discovered He was there and had been there waiting for me to look for Him the whole time. May you discover more of Him for you, greater flourishing life and greater flourishing for all in the world as well. God bless you! ~Elizabeth

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