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Ukraine or Russia?

By Michelle Moore

Both Matthew and Mark record Jesus saying, “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and will deceive many. But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles.These are the beginnings of sorrows.”

…..when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled…… 

But how?  How can we not be troubled?  Nation is rising against nation. There are earthquakes, famines, troubles all around us, all around the world…suffering, dying, pandemic, loss, grieving….Children are turning on their parents and parents are killing their unborn children, abandoning their homes and families.

It’s clear, isn’t it?  The evil is obvious!

Today the call is “Pray for Ukraine!”…….understandably and rightly so!  But what are we to pray?  Obviously we pray for the protection of life, for the cessation of war, for the bombs & missiles & bullets to miss their targets, to just disappear mid-air and have ZERO effect and affect.

We must also pray FOR Russia.

What???  Why would we?  How could we??  THEY are the aggressors!  THEY are Evil incarnate!  THEY are wrong, monsters, mean……..

Are THEY??  Who IS They?

You see, there is no shortage of opportunities for us to pray FOR and pray AGAINST….to take sides, so it would seem.  But, in the Kingdom of God we aren’t meant to take sides in the temporal.  Our only choice is Jesus or not-Jesus.  Once we choose Jesus, then our path is set.

Jesus also quoted Isaiah 56 when He reminded the establishment that “My house shall be a house of prayer for all people. (nations)”

This has layers of meaning!  I love that about the Word of God!

The meaning we most often hear discussed is that the people of God are to come to the House of God to pray for all the peoples, all the nations to Know Him, to Receive Him, to be filled with His Glory as it covers the seas.

However, it also means that His house is a SAFE place for all the nations, all the peoples to gather for the purpose of praying to Him. 

So, is God on the side of Ukraine or the side of Russia??  Maybe we must be reminded that God does not see or label us by our nations first.  He is not looking for our passport or mother tongue.  He is looking for the blood of His Son, Jesus on the doorposts of our hearts.  He is listening for the cry of the broken in spirit, crying out, “Abba!”

We do not wrestle against flesh and blood.  That is TRUTH!  Though there may be a flesh and blood in uniform standing opposed to you or the one you love, that is NOT the enemy.  The enemy is a principality from high places that is sowing war, lies, deceit, even bringing with it death.  He wields lies, torment, rumors, guns, knives, tanks, missiles.

BUT!  The weapons of our warfare are MIGHTY to the pulling down of strongholds that would lift themselves up against the knowledge and will of ABBA, the Most High, the King of Kings.

In this current war, the invasion of Ukraine, did you know that more than 92% of the PEOPLE of Russia oppose this invasion and war?!  THEY, too, are praying.  They, like us, are crying out to the same ABBA asking for an end to the struggle.

This has been becoming more real to me than I would like.  Not only in this global struggle among all the others….Afghanistan & the Taliban, ISIS and everyone, China and the pandemic….but we have had a more direct, personal struggle with real people on a daily basis in a school setting.  It “feels” like “they” have set themselves up as our enemy.  My flesh is willing and my spirit, some days, very weak.  (though Paul spoke of the willing spirit and the weak flesh)

How do we win the ‘war’?  How do we overcome the secondary traumas of life, the loss, the grief, the pain & suffering?

PRAY without ceasing and when you pray, pray this way,

Our ABBA, who are in heaven, hallowed be Your name.  Let Your Kingdom come; let YOUR will be done, HERE, on Earth as it is in Heaven.  Help me to trust you with all my loved ones and all my needs today.  Help me to be slow to speak, slow to anger, quick to forgive and to receive forgiveness when I fail others, when I fail You. For YOU are on the Throne of heaven and the Throne of my heart.  You are all-powerful, all-knowing, always working in ways seen and unseen.  To You be the Glory Forever.

#prayforUkraine #prayforRussia #praywithoutceasing

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