If, like us, you are struggling to take in today’s news and feeling like you need to pray, but don’t know how, take encouragement from these Scriptures:
“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16
However ineffectively you feel you’re praying, trust that they still have power – not because of you or your eloquence, but because of the One who hears them.
“…the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27
Whichever methods you use to keep yourself informed of the news, we would encourage you to engage prayerfully with it. As you watch/listen/read, ask the Lord to highlight specific things for you to focus on as you pray. As you go through the day and they return to your mind or lay heavy on your heart, pray again – even a one line prayer as you’re walking to the car.
If you are finding yourself overwhelmed by the news at the moment, please take a few minutes to read this excellent & helpful advice from Mind…
Below are links to some resources to help you to pray:
- Hillsong Ukraine – songs you’ll know sung in Ukranian but with English subtitles available
We won’t pretend that I understand the full geo-political reasons for the current situation, but have found the resources below helpful pointers to the motivations behind the invasion and useful to inform our prayers.
On The Ground in Ukraine
Joe Hayden (Ministry Lead for Overseas Mission) received this message from Missionaries/Ministers on the ground in Ukraine [emphasis ours]:
This is quite possibly our last means of correspondence for some time. War is imminent and the consequences dreadful. A state of emergency has been declared and this will be followed by martial law. Young Ukrainian men from 16 years of age are being called up to serve in the military and Ukrainians are being given the right to carry arms. A major cyberattack is happening just now as we write which has affected Ukrainian banks as well as government websites. Ukrainian citizens are being asked to urgently leave Russia and our local currency is in free fall. Rhoda and I are not leaving – How can we? As an elder in the assembly my responsibility is to shepherd at all times. It would be a terrible testimony to get up and leave the Lutsk believers. We have been preparing for this day. Rhoda and I have bought in generators, fuel, food etc as we would like to turn the Gospel Hall into a place of shelter to accommodate and feed the assembly believers who will face many a hardship. God is about to give us a great opportunity to show our Christian faith practically and reach out into our community with the Gospel. Rhoda and I may have to move out of our apartment as we are close to the Lutsk military airfield and on the 14th floor of our apartment block, we have the central headquarters of the SBO – the Ukrainian secret police. As we close the military jets can be heard overhead and we covet your prayers! We are not any braver than you – but confident we are where God would expect us to be. Daniel 4:17
Lord have Mercy; Christ have Mercy…
Hear our prayer.