God of freedom, God of grace.
God of nation and person,
We praise you for your love at work in our world, for your care for individual and nation.
As we remember today the birth of a nation, we pray for the nations of today that struggle under tyranny.
For those whose governments seem to care little for their own people.
For those governments who idolize their own people, and care little about those of other nations.
For governments who hide their tyranny behind clever words that sound caring.
We pray for international rules of trade, justice and environmental righteousness, that will bring meaningful independence to many in our world today.
Where crippling debts and unregulated trade, keep the powerful in power and the poor in poverty, we cry, O Lord, for independence.