I’m sure you’ve heard at this point that Russia has invaded Ukraine and Putin threatened that any country that seeks to hinder their efforts will be met with “such consequences that you have never encountered in your history.” Already casualties are being reported from the Russian strikes. We grieve the loss of life. Putin’s aggression could spark a humanitarian crisis causing millions to be displaced from their lives and resulting in the loss of life at a scale that we have not seen for many years.These are indeed dark times. Pastor Matt and Caleb McCurley both have contacts with churches in Ukraine and are reaching out to them to see what we can do. Yet, there is one thing that we immediately know that we must do. We must pray. As we heard this past Sunday, prayer is the most potent weapon against evil. In prayer, we enter into the throne room of the Almighty God, and our God has power over every nation on earth. So let us pray and ask for God to move in His power.
1. Pray for peace
Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. Psalm 34:14
2. Pray for the preservation of human life
“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.” Matthew 5:21
3. Pray that government leaders would make righteous decisions
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 1 Timothy 2:1-2
4. Pray for God’s justice to come
But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. Amos 5:25
5. Pray for pastors in Ukraine as they seek to shepherd their churches during these frightening times. Specifically, pray Proverbs 3:5-6 over them.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
6. Pray for Christians to be salt and light through their actions and words so that Christ might be lifted up for the glory of God and the good of souls.
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:13-15
I will be leading us in a time of corporate prayer at our Sunday Service. May God have mercy, bring peace, vindicate justice, and lead to righteousness.