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Scriptures

Psalm 33

Psalm 85

Psalm 133

Matthew 5:1-12

John 16:33

2 Corinthians 13:11

Ephesians 4:32

Philippians 4:6-7

Colossians 3:12-17

1 Timothy 2:1-8

James 3:17-18

James 5:13-16

1 Peter 5:6-11

Prayer for Ukraine
by Kayla Craig

O God of peace, our hearts are heavy
And our brains can barely keep up with the breaking news.
We don’t know what to say or what to do in a world so wounded.
So we come to you with hearts heavy for
All who sit in the crossfires of violence and acts of war.

O God of peace, be with the people of Ukraine.
With the mothers who carry babies to subway shelters.
With the fathers who hold their heads in their hands.
With the children who absorb the traumas.
Of violent acts of powerful men.

O God of peace, we don’t know the words to pray
For a warring world and all who are vulnerable in it.
We don’t pretend to know the extent of the damages
Or what tomorrow (or today) will bring.
But we know that you are a God of peace
And we can’t bomb our way to shalom.

O God of peace, comfort the crying and heal the hurt.
Tend the aching and soothe the fearful.
Make us instruments of your peace
Creating a sacred symphony where
Rhythms of grace are danced upon
And evil has lost its sting, now and forevermore.
O God of peace, hear our prayer.

Prayer for peace in Ukraine
United Methodist Church- United Kingdom

Holy and Gracious God,
We pray for the people of Ukraine and the people of Russia; for their countries and their leaders.
We pray for all those who are afraid; that your everlasting arms hold them in this time of great fear.
We pray for all those who have the power over life and death; that they will choose for all people life, and life in all its fullness.
We pray for those who choose war; that they will remember that you direct your people to turn our swords into ploughshares and seek for peace.
We pray for leaders on the world stage; that they are inspired by the wisdom and courage of Christ.
Above all, Lord, today we pray for peace for Ukraine.
And we ask this in the name of your blessed Son.
Lord have mercy. Amen.


A Powerful Prayer for Ukraine
by Jason Soroski

As the eyes of the world turn towards Ukraine and the Russian aggression at their border, the first and best thing we can do is fall to our knees in prayer.

Lord,

We thank you that in every situation, every dark moment, you are active and working among us. Even when things seem at their bleakest, we trust in your sovereignty and strength.   In John 16:33 you said, “in this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” We embrace the fact that this world and the troubles we face in it have been overcome, and rest in the knowledge that you have the power to move in any and every situation.

As we watch war unfold in Ukraine, we ask for your grace and peace to rule in the hearts and minds of all involved.

We Pray for the People of Ukraine

God, we pray fervently for the people of Ukraine. The situation they now face is not a new one. The name Ukraine translates to “borderland,” and this nation has been viewed for centuries as just that - a bordering land waiting to be conquered. This nation and its people have seen struggles with Russia for a century, and over 13,000 have already died in the small-scale war that has been raging in the southwestern area of Ukraine since 2014.  They are a resilient people who live in a volatile area of the world that has seen regular war and upheaval. Yet Jesus walked the earth in a similar part of the world, plagued by oppression and a ruthless empire. Your word promises in Isaiah 26:3 that, “you keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”  We ask that the people of Ukraine may be safe, secure, and that they would know not only peace of earth but your true and unwavering peace.

We Pray for World Leaders

Proverbs 21:1 says, “The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.” We pray this now, that you would work in the hearts of world leaders and diplomats, and incline them toward peace. We pray for these who are making decisions that affect so many, as they work through diplomacy, and prepare for the possibility of a large-scale war. We ask, God, that you would move their hearts to peace; that an alternative to war could be found and that you would be honored in it.

We Pray for Our Military 

We lift up the members of our military who have been called up in preparation for this possible coming battle. God, they have committed to give their all to defend others, and we pray that you would protect them as your word promises in Psalm 91:1-2, “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’” May their hearts be calm and may you bring them safely home.

We Pray for Christian Workers

We lift up the many brothers and sisters doing your work in Ukraine. There are numerous missionaries, pastors, and church leaders who are actively on the ground serving the Ukrainian people daily. We ask for their protection, and that they be able to freely continue serving you and the people around them. We also ask that they would be unafraid and unashamed of your word, and that you would enable them to walk in your strength and stand firm against the evil that faces them now.  We are not surprised that Satan would do all in his power to disrupt the work in Ukraine, as it has become a nation for missionary training and sending. I pray that in the face of fear, believers in Ukraine will find opportunities to hold out the Good News of Christ, who offers us perfect peace in a world that offers none. Acts 8:4 tells us, “Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.”  As it has in so many other times and places, may this time of unrest and persecution serve to ignite the Gospel in ways we can’t even imagine.

We know that you can do more than we ask or imagine, and it is in this confidence that we ask these things in your name.  Amen.


A Prayer for Ukraine
Rev. Beth Richardson, Dean Emeritus of The Upper Room Chapel

God makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. …
God breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
God burns the shields with fire.
God says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

Psalm 46:9-10 (NRSV)

God of peace,
Russia has invaded the Ukraine and war seems inevitable.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

God of wisdom,
Rain down your Spirit onto the leaders of the world
That they might find a way where there is no way.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

God of comfort,
Wrap the grieving ones in your cloak of consolation.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

God of courage,
Be present with all those who are in harm’s way.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Amen.


Prayer for Ukraine
UCC Officers Share

Holy God,

Hear our prayers for all those who will die today because of war in Ukraine and other war-torn countries all over this world. Grant them an end to the suffering of this world and eternal peace that is only found in You.

We pray for the people of Ukraine, Russia, and all nations — that war and bloodshed can be avoided and a new, just peace can be forged out of this crisis. We ask God grant wisdom to the leaders of nations, calling them to end provocation on all sides and invest instead in “the things that make for peace” as called for in all our faith traditions (Luke 19:41-2).

We pray for an end to the deep insecurity and mistrust on all sides, and call on leaders to build trust, based not on military might or alliances, but on the basis of our shared future and common humanity. Now is a time in which past harm should be acknowledged and addressed, and new partnerships can be envisioned.

We pray for and call on our leaders to have the courage to take small, verifiable, and independent steps toward peace, inviting others to reciprocate. Now is time to invest in conflict resolution, diplomacy, and international cooperation — not more weapons which only escalate tension in the region.

Be with those suffering in ways that we cannot. Protect them from devastation in ways those positioned in authority will not. Shield and comfort them as they confront the terror of violence that surrounds them. Hold them close to your heart and stay the hand of the enemies against them. Give us the courage and the strength to cry aloud against wickedness in high places that dare to harm others made in your image.

Comfort the children and heed their cries to be saved from harm in this world. Make us a people who love our children, all of our children, more than we love greed, power, and control. Overturn governments of tyranny wherever they are found. Disrupt the intentions of evil and give us power to stand against demonic forces of greed and control. Grant that peace and justice come to warring nations by the hands of those courageous enough to stand and study war no more. Let Thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven, we pray.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.