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If you’re anything like me, you’re having a hard time focusing on anything other than the war in eastern Europe these days. It’s even harder when the first picture you see in the morning is that of three members of a Ukrainian family who met with a mortar shelling while trying to flee their town and the only thing left standing is their suitcase.
True, there have been atrocities and wars all over the globe, but this one hits us particularly close to home because these people’s lives are most like our own. They live in a westernized culture. They go to school; they work hard; they run their own businesses; they entertain themselves with music, art, and sports; they worship; they raise families, drive their kids to soccer practice, and dream big dreams. We’re watching nice neighborhoods like our own hit by missiles and mortar shells. What? Why?
Hard to say, but it all seems to land in the lap of one man who has another way of processing “Thou shalt not kill” other than obeying it. Where is this all going? We don’t know, but the possibilities are not good for the Ukrainian people, the Russian people or the world.
What can we do? We feel helpless. But we can do something. I’ve said it before here and I will say it again only because I’m not sure we believe it. We can pray.
Really? Sometimes prayer seems like the last resort. Especially when you’re talking about forces like the ones at work in this crisis. What can my little prayer do to stop world events such as these? Well according to Jesus, it could do anything and everything. It’s a factor of your faith. With enough faith, you can tell a mountain to throw itself into the sea.
So … Pray for peace. Pray for an end to hostilities. Pray that the aggressor will be thwarted. Pray for a cease fire. Pray for a miracle — a change of heart. Pray for the Russian people to find out the truth about what is going on and to rise up against their leader. Pray for the armies of the Lord. Pray against the evil one. Pray for believers everywhere. Pray for God to be glorified. Pray for the angels of light to prevail against the darkness. And most importantly, when you pray, believe it! We are not just wishing here. We have a hotline to the Father God.
Mostly pray knowing you are making a difference. When you pray, God listens. When you pray, angels rally.
Come on people. I’m serious. We can bring this thing to a close. Let’s come together as one voice and pray for a quick end to this crisis that will save many lives.