As Vladimir Putin continues to invade Ukraine and bomb cities without mercy, much of the world feels grieved, and helpless.
While there are practical ways to support people on the ground in Ukraine – one thing we ALL can do right now is take time throughout our day to intercede and pray for the people of Ukraine – and ask God to rain down His justice and mercy.
And if you’re looking for specific ways to pray for Ukraine – here are a few ideas to get you started.
Pray For President Volodymyr Zelenskyy
The United States gave Ukrainian President Zelenskyy the opportunity to evacuate to a “safe place,” to which Zelenskyy replied, “The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride,” reported CNN.
Wow! Talk about courage under fire.
Let us continue to pray for President Zelenskyy that he will use wisdom in his decisions to lead the people of his precious country through unspeakable violence.
Father God – we know you are sovereign and raise up and take down leaders. Father under your authority President Zelenskyy is leading Ukraine for such a time as this. We pray for President Zelenskyy that he will stay strong through this battle and seek wisdom from above. Father draw him to you during this battle, and help show him what to do, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Pray For The Children
One can’t even begin to imagine the terror these precious children are experiencing as they hear bombs go off around them and see their parents go to war.
The trauma of war effects everyone – but children are especially vulnerable as they don’t understand why they’re seeing fire and hearing bombs when they’re supposed to feel safe in their homes.
Even a children’s hospital was attacked, prompting hospital staff to move them and other families down to a bomb shelter.
First-time mom Natalya Tyshchuk recalls hearing bombs go off as she was nursing her premature baby.
The Globe and Mail reported:
“Right now, I’m sitting on the floor. There are thick walls and no windows and we only hear the loudest explosions, so I feel safe,” Ms. Tyshchuk said in a telephone interview with The Globe from the shelter on Saturday night.
“We’re more or less okay, but there are some kids under intensive care who had to be moved to the basement with their life-support care and oxygen cannisters.”
Lord Jesus our hearts ache for the violence and chaos these children are experiencing. Please Lord, keep them safe from the enemy, and surround them with your presence. Draw them to you even in this moment. We know you love them Lord, please help them to feel safe and calm even in the midst of unspeakable violence, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Pray For Missionaries In Ukraine
There are many missionaries in Ukraine who’ve had to make the tough decision to evacuate or stay and help the people of Ukraine.
Some have chosen to leave, but others have remained – despite the danger and violence as Russia attacks and kills civilians.
Being a missionary is already a risk as it is – but being missionary during the middle of an invasion is a whole other level of danger and uncertainty.
Let us remember to keep them in our prayers.
Father God please strengthen those you have called to serve the people of Ukraine. Embolden them to share the hope of Jesus Christ with those around them, and to be an example of your tangible love. Give them peace and courage to stand strong, and fill them with your discernment to help them make decisions on whether to stay or go – and how best to serve. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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