“For whom or what are you willing to die?” A presenter posed that question as a tool to help us identify our calling and purpose in life. Two days later I received an email from Intercessors for America with a plea for prayer from Ukraine that included this line.
Everyone who can hold a weapon has risen to defend the capital, including students, school children, and even the retired.”
As the tension in Ukraine built, faces I came to love decades ago during the three weeks Larry and I spent in communist Poland played across my mind like an old TV program. I remembered their kindness, singing, and generosity.
No one sings like those suffering in their faith. No one gives like those who know lack. And no one appreciates the smallest kindness like those who feel forgotten.
We stayed with believers and gathered with a larger community of faith for a day of worship. Larry and I sat on stone floors and listened to songs that came from the depths of souls. We didn’t need to understand their words to feel their emotions.
Eyes, long drained of tears, searched mine as their owners entrusted me with brief glimpses into their losses. I listened, too stunned to respond. They didn’t need my words. The fact I was there meant they weren’t forgotten.
Their lack of complaining—lack of everything—shook me. No bright flowers cut the monotonous gray of dirt playgrounds and drab high-rise housing. Food shelves and butcher cases stood empty. After I returned home, the color and bounty of my local grocery cut me like a knife.
How Can We Help?
Paul was no stranger to suffering when he wrote, “Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere” (Ephes. 6:18 NLT). Ask God to lead you as you pray for those suffering in Ukraine, China, Canada, Afghanistan, and around the world (1 Tim. 2:1-4). I used Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 (NLT) to guide my prayers.
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.”
I praise You as our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.”
Thank You, that Your comfort precisely meets each need. Open hearts to receive Your supernatural comfort and share the comfort they receive from You.
… We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us.”
… We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us.”
Lord Jesus, rescue Your people. Show Yourself mighty on their behalf. Rescue them again and again. May they place their confidence in You. May testimonies of your great power and love arise and bring many eternal life.
Prayer Boldly and Confidently
And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety.”
Knowing You hear my prayers comforts me. Make me a faithful intercessor as I remember my prayers go places I can’t and accomplish more than a company of tanks. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
I close with another line from Intercessors for Ukraine:
With tears in our eyes, we ask you … to spend … time fasting and praying to God. Pray that the Lord will protect us from the individuals who want to mock the faith and truth of God.”
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Sabina and Richard Wurmbrand’s faith and love will inspire you in the movie, “Tortured for Christ, the Nazi Years.” This inspirational movie is free March 4-6, 2022.
Linda Evans Shepherd has a wonderful new book, Prayer for Every Need, that offers prayers for the demanding and everyday needs we have. While it does not name Ukraine by name, the topics apply!
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