Thank you so much for being a part of the 911 prayer team. Today we’re here to lift up a united voice for the crisis in Ukraine.
One Eastern European leader said, “This threatens the stability and peace in Europe and marks the beginning of a new Cold War era with the potential to turn into a more disastrous global conflagration.”
You will find a brief history for you on the region after the prayer. I want to give a special thanks to David Brown for his excellent work in bringing this to us.
If you can take an extra minute to read it, this will add a lot of insight to your intercession.
911 Prayer For Ukraine
“He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.” -Isaiah 11:3-4
Righteous King, we come to you on behalf of Ukraine. You see the years of suffering these people have gone through, and there isn’t a clear-cut answer to the political and economic issues that they currently face. We confess that in You, true justice resides. We ask that through the power of Your Holy Spirit, that You will establish a righteous government that will do what is best for the region. We pray for Your peace to be established in every city and all around the borders. We ask for angelic assistance where there may be trouble that is beyond human help.
On behalf of Your church there, we pray for unity, a clear vision of the Gospel, provision, and strength as they seek to help their neighbors. We ask for all the walls of prejudice and division to fall down in the name of Jesus.
Together we ask for divine wisdom and patience for the political leaders and international negotiators who are working to bring constructive solutions. Release wise counsel that will lead to victory and peace. We bind the enemy who comes to kill, steal and destroy in Jesus name. Send angels into the midst of things to cushion, intervene and prevent destruction.
We say to Ukraine: “He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.” (Isaiah 33:6)
In Your name, Jesus, we hope. Amen.
Sword of the Word – Verse for You to Use:
- “My righteousness draws near speedily, my salvation is on the way, and my arm will bring justice to the nations. The islands will look to me and wait in hope for my arm. Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But My salvation will last forever, My righteousness will never fail.” -Isaiah 51:5-6
- “But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.” -Malachi 4:2
- “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. In that day you will say: ‘Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world.’ ” -Isaiah 12:3-6
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A Brief History for YOU
Today in 2014, most people in the West have at least a basic knowledge of the Holocaust and the countless lives lost. Few have heard of another “H” word from that general time period: the “Holodomor” (meaning “extermination by hunger.”) It is used by Ukrainians in remembrance of the estimated 6-7 million people who starved in the early 1930’s by the Soviet authorities under Stalin’s rule. To the survivors and especially their descendants, they are as important and their memories are as powerful as our Jewish neighbors’ remembrance of the Holocaust. It is with this background that we approach events in Ukraine.
In history, Ukraine was known as “the bread basket of Europe” owing to its rich soil and abundant harvests. As a result, it was coveted by it’s more powerful neighbors. The nation has endured a turbulent history and was ruled at various times by Poland, Russia and Austria-Hungary & for centuries was raided by the Ottomans to provide a reliable supply of slaves for their empire.
In the past century, Ukrainians had their language and culture curtailed under Soviet rule, suffered the Holodomor, and have seen many sent to the gulags of Siberia. In 1941, they endured the Nazi invasion, in which one in four Ukrainians died (about 8-10 million people).
Sixty years ago in 1954, Soviet leader Krushchev (who was half-Ukrainian himself) gave the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic the Crimea as a gift. This peninsula, with a majority ethnic Russian population, remains an autonomous region within the country with its own elected parliament. It has long been the home of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet and is now very much in the news today.
Along with many former pieces of the USSR, Ukraine has staggered into a new season as an independent country but with many economic and family ties remaining with Russia. Transitioning from an organized, socialist managed economy to a more modern market economy trading with the EU has not been easy. Without ongoing international loans along with help from Russia, their economy would be in even more dire straits. Today as a result of history, geography, ethnicity, and religion the population is divided between those looking to the west and greater integration with Europe versus those holding on to the east and ties with mother Russia.
Here is a touching illustration of Ukranian history done through sand artist, Kseniya Simonova: