"He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” (Isaiah 2:4, ESV)
We are all shaken by Russia’s brazen act of war against Ukraine - reportedly the largest invasion in the West since World War 2. It is striking and frightening. As we read the headlines we need to pray. We need to pray as we listen to the news, as we wonder how this will affect our family, our loved ones, our servicemen, or our economy.
What to pray for (would you stop and pray for these right now?):
- For peace. This is an unprovoked act of aggression that will lead to the destruction of life and property. This is an unjust act of violence. We pray that peace would prevail.
- For protection of life. We must pray that life and property be preserved in this.
- For faith among the Ukrainian people. In a time of great uncertainty, we pray that people would turn to Jesus Christ.
- For our government and for President Biden as they consider responses to Russia’s attack.
- For a quick end to the escalations and violence. Pray this would not spread into other countries.
- For protection for the church out of this. When Russia took over Crimea, they began a systematic persecution of the churches.
- For repentance and faith in Russia. That people would see the evil of their dictatorial and imperial leadership. That God would lead Vladamir Putin to repentance and faith. The Russian people may suffer for these actions. Pray that many would put trust in Christ.
- For our military. Pray for those who serve. Pray especially for men and women from NLIC who may be deployed there. Pray for those who may be deployed to Eastern Europe.
- Pray for our missionaries who serve in Ukraine. Jon and Olya Powell are in seminary in St. Louis, MO. They plan to go back this summer. They have family in Lviv. (Here is another missionary story of life in Ukraine right now)