I cannot begin to imagine what the Ukrainians are dealing with in their country. The United States seems oblivious to the wars that rage around us and seem eager to send money and arms, but not really providing any kind of peace for those going through the battle. We have our own battleground right here in the USA as crime spins out of control and it seems that the devil is having a field day. Our urgency to overcome two years of isolation has caused depression, thoughts of suicide and mental issues. That in itself is a war of sorts. Children are killing other children for no reason. The family has been torn apart. Our basic rights have been put into question. We see a battle for wealth, status, and fame every single day. However, our battles could easily be won if we return to your ways. We must begin to care about each other again.
We’re all in a spiritual battle. Some feel they can control their circumstances by themselves. Some try finding solace in a bottle or the drug of the day. Some escape to the internet as a means of forgetting about the world and all its troubles. When we put on the armor of God, we can stand firm in any battle we encounter.
Dear, Father, God,
You have shown us that your love for us is beyond our comprehension. You loved us so much, you gave the ultimate sacrifice for us. We can now stand firm in the knowledge that you will be at our side as we face the evils of this world. I pray for the people of Ukraine. They are displaced, fearful for their lives and long for a return to normalcy. When placed in such circumstances, we grow weak in our faith. Help us and those being ravaged by war put on the armor you provide to protect us all. May your Spirit fill the hearts of those who are losing heart. May you enliven all of us to care for one another – to love – to grieve for – to show compassion to – to depend on you to lead everyone in the right path. Help them and us to stand firm in our faith and call on you in every trouble. We often wait until there is no other choice available to us, but you are with us all the time. You have promised to protect us through the trials of life.
Thank you for sending Jesus to take our place on the battlefield raging within us. Help us to return to you and know that you have already planned a solution for all wars and rumors of them. I put my trust in you to deliver the people of Ukraine from the ravages of war. Keep all of us strong in our faith. Hear the prayers of your people, dear God. In Jesus holy name I pray. Amen!