An Urgent Prayer For Ukraine and Russia

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I’ve posted the prayer below from J. D. Walt because I believe it’s a prayer that every intercessor should be praying for Ukraine and Russia.

“We Don’t Need A Moment Of Silence; We Need Hours of Prayer”

Almighty God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

We come before you today in a continual declaration of peace, in the name Jesus, over the war taking place in Eastern Europe. We boldly ask you to establish and strengthen the bond of peace across the Body of Christ in Russia and Ukraine, to draw near to all the followers of Jesus scattered across these nations, and to bind them together in supernatural love that moves with the power of the gospel. May the Church Jesus is building rise up as the Light of the World, like cities on a thousand hills, and awaken the dawn in this dark land. 

Let your Kingdom break forth in demonstrations of peace in ways that confound the ways of sin, darkness, death, and evil. We pray for you to intervene in the hearts and minds of the leaders of Russia, to turn from their invasion and to seek peace. We pray you would strengthen the invading soldiers with the resolve of human decency and compassion and a miraculous empowerment to lay down their arms in the face of such egregious destruction and loss of innocent life. We pray for the leaders of Ukraine, to protect and preserve them from harm and to fill them with such a spirit of travail and prayer that it touches heaven and changes the course of life on earth for their country.

We pray for the leaders of governments around the world, for wisdom and courage for the facing of this hour. We rebuke the spirit of fear that would cower in the face of evil rather than confront it. We cry out for an awakening of the church around the world, to realize both our responsibility and our power to intervene and exercise our Kingdom authority for such a time as this. 

We pray for the many relief agencies at work on behalf of the Ukrainian people. We speak Jesus into them now in the power of your Spirit—courage, perseverance, love, and joy in the face of utter desolation. We put upon them the full armor of God so that they may stand. And we pray you fill their hearts and hands with miracles. Multiply relief in their hands as fishes and loaves that can feed multitudes. Fill their words with power to still storms in Jesus name. Release miracles through doctors and nurses as they rescue the perishing and care for the dying. 

We pray you would leave in the wake of this evil human-made disaster and all its desolation the seeds of a great awakening and the raising up of a generation who would rebuild the ruins and who would be called the repairer of broken walls, and the restorer of streets to dwell in. Awaken your Church now, in all places, to imagine and conceive of this great awakening now, in the place of prayer, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Finally, and most urgently, we pray for the millions of children who are crying and afraid, many of whom may be lost and alone, wondering if they will ever see their fathers again, longing for the safety of their homes, anxious about their next meal, afraid for their very survival. We pray for the salvation of their fathers and the holy uprising of their mothers. Holy Spirit send wave upon wave of compassion in the midst of trauma, light in darkness, and the peace that only love can bring in the midst of utter madness.

Agreeing with the Psalmist prayer for the ages, we cry out: Let God arise, Let His enemies be scattered; Let those also who hate Him flee before Him. (Psalm 68:1)

We ask these things, declaring the things that are not yet as though they were already, believing in your power to do beyond all we can ask or even imagine through your power at work within us, and trusting in the strong name of Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray, Amen.” J.D. Walt, www.seedbed.com