“The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” — James 5:16 (ESV)
It’s now officially been two months since Russia invaded Ukraine.
In that time, more than 5 million people have been forced to flee the country, and many more are displaced within Ukraine’s borders. The crisis may seem overwhelming, but the good news is that God isn’t overwhelmed by anything. He is in control, and He promises to always hear the prayers of His children. Our prayers are powerful!
Just think about the story of King Hezekiah in 2 Kings. When faced with death, he prayed fervently for God to prolong his life. And guess what? God gave him 15 more years!
God was powerful enough to help Hezekiah then, and He’s powerful enough to help Ukraine now. So today the World Help staff is setting aside time for a Day of Prayer for Ukraine, and we hope that you’ll join us.
If you’re not sure where to begin, we’ve put together a list below of prayer requests that refugees and our partners shared when several of World Help’s staff members met them in Ukraine last month. You can also click here to watch an 8-minute mini-documentary on what the past two months have been like for Ukrainian refugees on the run.
We asked Ukrainians “How can we be praying for you?”
Here are their answers:
“Pray that the war is short and that it will bring unity to the nation. Pray that by next year we can be working to rebuild and restore the eastern part of the country.”
David, Ukrainian seminary worker
“Pray for peace and love because it’s hard to love in these conditions. And pray that the day will come for Ukrainians and Christians to be able to forgive their enemy.”
Halya, seminary student
“Pray that God’s purpose for this [conflict] would come to pass quickly and that many people can stay alive.”
Lubov, displaced mother of eight children
“Pray for teenage girls traveling alone to [Western] Europe because they have nobody to go with them.”
Ivanka, displaced mother from Kyiv
“Pray for the [Ukrainian] government and president to turn to God and remember Him.”
Helen, displaced mother from Donetsk
What’s special about these prayer requests is that they came directly from Ukrainians. These are their burdens … their hearts’ desires … and their greatest needs right now.
And they’re hoping you will pray for them.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine, these people’s lives have been turned upside down. Families are separated. Fathers, husbands, and sons are fighting on the front lines. Children are terrified. And parents are desperately trying to provide food, water, and shelter for their families on the run.
They need your prayers and support now more than ever. Please take a few minutes today to lift up these urgent needs.
You can even share them with your friends, family, and fellow believers! The more people praying over the conflict in Ukraine, the better.
In addition to praying, you can give a financial gift to help provide lifesaving essentials like food, clean water, shelter, clothing, and more for displaced families from Ukraine and other countries in crisis. Click the button below to learn more.
And thank you for praying for the men, women, and children of Ukraine today.
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