A Prayer for Ukraine

Oh dear Father, we cannot bear the news, the pleas, the suffering of our brothers and sisters in the Ukraine, nor the isolation and bondage of the citizens of Russia.

We cry out to you with one voice to put an end to this war, to free everyone in the path of Putin’s destructive plan, and to release the resources necessary for Ukraine to prevail against its enemy.

Strengthen the hearts of the young men and women defending their homes, their families, their freedom. Turn the hearts of the soldiers coming against them to lay down their arms, to sabotage their own forward progression, and protect their families from retribution from this tyrant.

We know “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” In Jesus’ name, we ask that You bind these spirits and render them impotent in this fight.

Infuse our leaders with courage, wisdom, and determination to defend us all against evil leaders who would hold the global community hostage in pursuit of their own ends.

Hold the children of the Ukraine, the elderly, those who are sick or impaired, in Your tender hands and defend them now against the powers of darkness invading their land.

Embolden the church in Ukraine, in Russia, and around the world to proclaim Your truth, to spread Your light, and to call on Your name. Move on behalf of your people, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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  1. Maureen says:

    Thank you for this. Praying with you, dear friend. We know there is power when we join together, when we lay our petitions —our pleas—before God’s throne of grace.

  2. Robin Farnsworth says:

    Beautiful Lori! Yes and amen!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Lori….all our hearts hurt with what is happening in Ukraine…..but so very thankful we know God is Sovereign. He will be glorified and many will come to Christ through all this wretchedness.

  4. Sherry Carter says:

    This is beautiful, Lori. I’ve spent hours praying for Ukraine. I pray God will send someone to touch Putin and restore him to sanity. The war in the heavenlies on behalf of Ukraine is intense.

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  6. Joanne Urbany says:

    Amen. Beautiful, powerful prayer. Such a heartbreaking situation. Praying.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I’m so grateful for you sharing this prayer with us, Lori. You are very appreciated.

  8. Tammy Breeding says:

    Thank you for this prayer. I was recently reminded that our prayers extend not only to the ones under attack, but also to their enemy. God’s will be done. Amen.

  9. Jan Clough says:

    A powerful prayer to a Mighty Saviour.
    He heads the battle going before us just as He did with David. When we are weak He is strong Amen!

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  12. John & Lena says:

    Thank you Lori. Well articulated, and at such a time as this. There is so much more at stake…

  13. Marge says:

    Thank you for this prayer, Lori.

  14. Leigh DeLozier says:

    Thanks for putting things into words that can be so tough to express. There is such power in prayer, even when we don’t know what to say. Shared on Twitter and my Facebook page to help encourage others.

  15. Ruth MacAnlis says:

    Amen, thank you for such a powerful prayer.

  16. Paul Taylor says:

    That is a really good prayer. I will say it every day till Ukraine is free.

  17. Beth says:

    Amen! Thank you for these words, where I struggle to find words.