Pray for Ukraine

Bruce McClenahan, Jesus Film Geographical Area Team Leader—

The following is a short testimony (report) from one of our staff members friends. It shows the level of emotional and personal stress most Ukrainians are living under and have lived under for years.

February 18. News of the day—“Anthony Blinken said that Russia will bomb all of Ukraine, and Kiev is its target.

After this news, it is somehow difficult to return to life. You look at everything and inside say goodbye to it.

Am I ready to say goodbye to my husband?

Am I ready to say goodbye to my home?

Am I ready to say goodbye to my life?

Honestly, Im not ready. I don’t even want to pack my emergency suitcase. I refuse this idea. Because it means to say: goodbye to my life.

In the East, shooting is increasing. Russia shoots and says that Ukraine is shooting. Nothing new, weve been hearing this for eight long years.

Good news for us: God is with us. Emmanuel is nearby. So whether we leave or stay He is near.

Today there was an amazing rainbow over Kiev. Lord, maybe this is a sign for all of us?

Pray, friends.”

Here are ways you can join in praying for Ukraine and Russia and their peoples:

1. Ask God for comfort and peace. As the war continues from the 2014 Russian invasion of the Crimea region, the thought of a more intense war seems overwhelming to the many families who have already lost fathers and sons. They feel caught in a situation not of their own making in which there are no clear options.

2. Ask God to intervene. Ask Him to deliver Ukraine from evil. Pray for wisdom as world leaders maneuver, strategize and speak out. Pray that God will move in their hearts and guide their steps and plans.

3.Ask God to redeem this specific situation by drawing many people to Himself. May Ukrainians and Russians find Jesus to be the only true source of peace, safety, comfort, truth and freedom. Pray that our staff and believers everywhere will lead others to find a firm foundation in the Person of Jesus.

4. Ask God to let the nations see His glory amid great struggle. Pray that He would be glorified through the people of Ukraine and Russia who are following Him.

5. The conflict between Ukraine and Russia has at times spilled over into personal conflict within families, especially when family members live on opposite sides of the border and are influenced by different sides of the information war. Pray for repentance, grace, forgiveness and reconciliation that supersedes the problems between the countries.

6. Ask God to comfort and bless soldiers wives and children with peace and safety while their husbands and fathers are gone.

7. Fears stemming from the conflict come up frequently in conversation. Pray that believers will have many opportunities to explain to their neighbors and friends the reason for the hope within them, even in this time of trials.

“Save me, O God, by your name; vindicate me by your might. Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me You have delivered me from all my troubles, and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.”

Psalms 54: 1-2, 4, 7 (NIV)

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