Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful.James 5:16
Today’s devotion features a prayer for the Ukrainian people, one that I invite you to pray and share with others fervently. No matter what actions the world’s leaders take or fail to take, prayer will always be the first, best line of defense for the body of Christ. Let us go to the Lord in prayer!
Your word teaches us that Holy Holy Holy is our Lord God almighty. As we approach your throne in humble prayer, we acknowledge Your sovereignty over all creation and give thanks. We are thankful for Your long-suffering towards us, your endless mercy and grace, and the provisions and loving guidance that You freely extend to us daily.
We thank You for sending Your only begotten Son into this sin-plagued world not to pass judgment, but that the world might be saved through Him, and we faithfully seek Your forgiveness for our transgressions, as we faithfully forgive those who transgressed against us. We thank you for the power and the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives to guide and teach us along the narrow path that leads to eternal life.
As we lift our voice to You in the unity of prayer, our hearts are heavy-ladened, and we are reminded that Your word tells us that we have not because we ask not. So with humble hearts, we come before You to ask for Your blessings of protection over Ukraine, its people, and the bordering countries that are rendering aid to thousands of refugees. The relentless unprovoked onslaught by Russian armed forces, propelled by the forces of evil, is destroying the Ukrainian homeland and killing innocent people–men, women, and children–by the thousands.
We pray for our world leaders, asking for Your wisdom to overshadow and lead them to intervene to defend the innocent, stand up to evil, to love their neighbor as themselves. We cry out for our brothers and sisters who have been forced underground or are running for their very lives. We ask for your protection over those who have remained to defend their homeland. May You protect them, strengthen them, and comfort them to know that You have not forsaken them.
Yes, Father, we fervently pray for Your intervention and wisdom to prevail in such a way that the world comes to know that You are God. May Your love abound throughout the global body of Christ so that all can go forth to be the salt and light in the world that You call us to be. We ask that You reignite the church around the globe so that a great revival ensues, one that will reach the lost and recall the strayed and bring great glory to You, our Father who is in heaven.
We thank You, Father, for hearing our outcry, our plea for Your blessing to fall upon the world, a world that is spiraling out of control at an increasing rate. We rejoice in the fact that You are faithful always to hear and answer our prayers, but most of all, Father, let not our will be done but Yours, and we lift this prayer to You in the blessed and holy name of Jesus, amen.
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Much wonder is happening at my end regarding the rationale of these globally catastrophic events especially involving a major power invading a weaker country. Though I don’t understand, I do turn to Romans 8:28 to help gain reassurance. Prayers lifted up!