July 4, 2019

Independence Day 2019

“Melania and I truly appreciate and celebrate America’s independence with those who courageously defend our country — the men, women and families of the United States military. It is because of you that well over 300 million American citizens can live in freedom. 

“America is proud of all of the brave men and women who serve in every branch of our great military. We have outstanding representatives of each service, each branch. They’re with us today. We have Army. We have Navy. We have Air Force. We have Marines. We have the Coast Guard. 

“Each of you here today represents that rare combination of patriotism, virtue, and courage that our citizens have always — and I mean always — admired and that our enemies have always feared. At this moment, your brothers and sisters in arms are posted around the globe, fighting our enemies and standing watch to protect our nation. They’re fighting for us. We are thanking them, praying for them, and saluting them for their selfless sacrifice.

“There could be no greater privilege than to serve as your Commander-in-Chief. I pledge my unwavering support for you, for your families, and your missions. I will always have your back. I will always, under all circumstances — you’ll be coming back here, and I will always have your back.

“You’re part of a new, and a truly great generation. Two days ago I spoke with Lieutenant Colonel Dick Cole, who served as the co-pilot of the lead B-25 bomber pilot — and piloted by Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle during the daring 1942 raid, after the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Lieutenant Colonel Cole and the rest of the Doolittle Raiders launched their aircraft into the sky knowing that they would not have enough fuel to return to friendly territory. That’s not a good feeling. That’s a lot of courage.

“Our servicemen and women are preserving the legacy of courage and selfless service that they inherited from Lieutenant Colonel Dick Cole and so many others.

“May God bless you all.  May God bless our military.  May God bless forever the United States of America.

Happy Fourth of July.” (President Donald J. Trump)

“Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” (1 Peter 2:16; ESV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Thank God for a president who loves, blesses, encourages, and prays for those he oversees as Commander-in-Chief. 
  • Pray for men and women in active military service to our country.
  • Intercede for their families, who also pay a price, as they move from place to place, and go long periods of time without seeing their loved one on active duty.
  • Pray for our veterans. Thank the Lord for their service to America in our daily battle to maintain the freedom we enjoy.
  • Ask the Lord to provide better services and access to care for our wounded warriors. Say, “Rise up, brave ones who will advocate and care for the physical, mental and emotional needs of our soldiers!”

A prayer you can pray:

God, bless America! On this Independence Day, bless this great land that we love. Bless President Trump, who clearly loves the country he has dedicated this season of his life to serve. Bless him for his support and encouragement of those who serve in our armed forces. We also support our soldiers. We are so thankful for those who give so much, so we can celebrate Independence Day with our families year after year for over 200 years. God, bless the families of our military members, also. They move frequently, never able to put down roots. They may live far from family and friends. They have to live long periods of time without their service member at home. Military life can be hard at times. Grant them a special grace to find Jesus and the comfort of a church family wherever they go in the world. Minister to those wounded, Father, in body, soul, or mind. Heal them and let them know Your compassion. Raise up those who can care for them and advocate for them. “Rise up, brave ones who will advocate and care for the physical, mental and emotional needs of our soldiers!” These men and women of our armed forces, and our veterans, deserve the best of the best care. They have given so much for us!  Thank you, Jesus, for this day set apart to celebrate America’s birthday! Amen.

Today’s decree:

We bless those brave men and women in the U.S. military who have fought, and work daily, to keep us free!

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