Warning, what I’m about to write is personal, which means you may not agree with it and if you don’t you’re certainly not alone!
I write this not because it’s a middle ground that everyone can agree upon but because it’s not.
I’m taking a position, it’s my position and it’s where I’m standing now and will continue to stand.
For a while now I’ve been asking people to join me in praying for Ukraine, but recently I realized that not everyone is excited about praying for Ukraine.
You see some people, like these women, would rather spew hate, spread bitterness, and call for revenge than pray for peace in Ukraine.
That’s why I thought it would be useful to write out my reasons for why I am praying for Ukraine and why I think you should too.
Why I’m praying for Ukraine.
- Ukraine has been attacked by an enemy and it is still at war.
- I want my kids and all Ukrainian children to grow up free from the worry of, mortars landing in their backyard, tanks rolling into town, and masked gunmen taking over.
- Ukraine is still one of the freest countries of the former USSR and I want to keep it that way.
- I have many good friends who have fled for their lives and as of yet do not have the opportunity to return to their homes, some of them no longer have homes to return to.
- Ukraine is the largest country in Europe with great untapped potential.
- Ukraine is much more than fields and hills, it is a collection of kind, hardworking people.
- Ukraine is not the country of my birth but it is my adopted country and I love her people.
- Nearly 7,000 lives lost, 17,000 wounded and 2.5 million refugees means Ukraine is deeply hurting now.
- Ukraine has some of the strongest evangelical churches in Europe.
- Ukraine has great potential for sending missionaries beyond her borders to countries where Western Christians are not welcome.
- This is a unique time in Ukraine’s history when the number of people ready to listen and respond to the Gospel is unusually high.
- Ukraine is in desperate need of an honest and fair government who has the people’s best interest in mind.
- If Ukraine looses the war, it looses much of its religious freedoms.
- Dozens of churches in the war-zone have already been wiped out or have gone “underground.”
- God tells me I should pray for peace and freedom for the Gospel to go out. (1 Tim 2:1-4)
- Many people in Ukraine are still in need of a greater peace that only Jesus can offer them.
- I pray for Ukraine because God has called me to serve the Ukrainian people, he has given me a heart and passion for Ukraine and especially for the Church in Ukraine. I can not simply stand by and watch a country I love be destroyed, I must fall on my knees in prayer to the King of kings, God of the heavenly armies!
A Prayer for Ukraine
God of the heavenly armies save and protect Ukraine.
Comfort her young whose eyes have seen what the violence has done.
Speak softly to her mothers whose tears wet the graves of lost sons and brothers.
Embrace her fathers who leave their families behind to face the enemy on the front line.
Defend her elderly whose legs can not run from the sound of an approaching gun.
Give courage to her young men to stand their ground and the helpless defend.
Embolden the church within to share God’s love and forgiveness from sin.