3/12/2022 – Odessa Region

An interview with Pastor Sxxx: Prayer in wartime

What do you pray for in time of war?

We are not praying for peace in general, anymore, as even some of the Russian Orthodox do! The enemy is attacking hospitals and trying to starve people into submission, as Stalin did in the 1930s. We are praying for victory over evil. Even non-believers are calling Putin ‘Satan’ and are joining us in praying against the enemy who is attacking us. We are praying for victory over the invaders.

We have had Russian jets flying over our town, although each time they come, our forces take out at least one of them. so we planned our church service in the basement. Every evening, we have evening prayer on zoom.

But our prayer is that all people would not simply return to their life as it was before the war, but that they would come to know Jesus as their Savior.

For evangelical churches, this is the time to show God‘s love through our ministry. We are praying that people would be encouraging and caring for one another.

When we had refugees from Donbas 8 years ago, we learned to house and feed and encourage them. So now, we are feeding and caring for refugees, and some are living in our church building.

How can you help?

If Our international friends call us or send us a note to ask how we’re doing, it is really important, because through this we can see that we are not alone, that God is with us. And when I tell others about the support we are receiving from our Christian friends, they are also encouraged. Thank you

19 responses to “3/12/2022 – Odessa Region”

  1. Our prayer is the promise found in Isaiah, chapter 41:10: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
    ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬

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  2. Dear Ukrainian brothers and sisters in Christ both in Odessa and also the rest of the country. Our pastor has taught, and was supposed to teach this March, in the seminary there in Ukraine. We are praying against both the physical forces and the spiritual forces that you are facing. We are crying out to God to show mercy on the country of Ukraine and stop this awful war. I don’t know his purposes but I do know that he is sovereign and we can trust him. The Psalmist says, “some trust in horses some trust in chariots but we trust in the Lord our God“

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  3. You are not alone. The Lord builds the bond of love and prayer through His Holy Spirit with His children. We pray for you and with you. We pray for your work and for your strength.

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  4. Praying united with our brothers and sisters around the world. Our God will go before you.
    “Fear not, O Zion; let not your hands grow weak. The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.” Zephaniah 3:16-17🙏🏼

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  5. We are praying for strength and provision from our God. Jesus, our victor, stand with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.

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  6. I have been praying for my brothers and sisters in Ukraine. May God grant you strength and endurance for the trials you face, as well as wisdom and courage. I pray that God would stop the forces of evil as he did on behalf of the Israelites so many times in Judges, Samuel and Chronicles. I pray that many people across Europe would turn to the light of Jesus during this dark time.

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  7. As requested, I want you to know that your brothers and sisters are praying for your deliverance and that the world may know that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has compassion for His people.

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  8. We are thinking of you all and praying for you faithfully all during the day and even in the night when we are awake. I pray for God’s protection over you, and for your witness during this time of great suffering. “For you bless the righteous person, O Lord. You surround him with your favor as with a shield.” Psalm 5:12
    And from Psalm 4: “Answer me when I call, God of my righteousness! You have]relieved me in my distress; Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.
    But know that the Lord has set apart the godly person for Himself; The Lord hears when I call to Him.
    In peace I will both lie down and sleep,
    For You alone, Lord, have me dwell in safety.”
    May He give you peace that is beyond all human comprehension in this situation, and put His shield around you for safety.

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  9. We are reading your updates every day. Thank you for informing us! Thank you for helping us pray! We want to stand with you in prayer – in fact, we NEED to do so! You are our spiritual family in Jesus Christ!! The Scriptures say the Apostle Paul was helped by prayer. May our Lord keep stirring millions of hearts to pray, to worship Him with you, and to encourage you.
    In Him, our only hope also,
    Rebecca and Ed

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  10. Brothers and sisters We reach out in the love of Jesus here in Pennslvania and pray as you have asked.
    For deliverance from evil. We ask His shield around you for safety and HIs presence to comfort you. You are not alone.

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  11. Praying for you this morning as our congregation comes together for worship. You are never alone. The Lord Jesus is always with you. We stand with you as well.

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  12. You have brothers and sisters in the state of Alabama who stand with you and are praying both for your deliverance and for the furthering of Christ’s kingdom in Ukraine and beyond.

    “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty”

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  13. I pray for you, each of you, every day. I pray that those who are new to prayer would see and feel the light of Jesus’s love today. I pray that they would know that they are held in his light now and forever and we look forward to being together with them on earth or in heaven.

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  14. “When peace, like a river, attends my way
    When sorrows like sea-billows roll:
    Whatever my lot, God has taught me to say It is well, it is well with my soul.
    “Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
    Let this blessed assurance control–
    That Christ has regarded my helpless estate and has shed His own blood for my soul!”

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  15. Thank you for keeping us informed as to how to best be praying. Tonight, praying these portions from Psalm 16:1,7-8 for you: Preserve me, O God, for I take refuge in You. I will bless the LORD who has counseled me, Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night. I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

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  16. Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, we are praying that the God who can turn the heart of kings and the pharaohs, will step in mightily and turn the hearts those who pursue this war. We are praying that his mighty hand would turn many hearts toward him that they would see his goodness and his love for them amidst all the chaos.

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  17. Your brothers and sisters in a congregation in NYC are praying for you! We pray God thwarts the enemy’s plans and strengthens you, His people by His grace, supplying your every need, delivering you out of evil and placing you under the cleft of the Rock as you find shelter abiding in the Almighty. Lord may your gospel spread throughout Ukraine and use them among the lost around them. Give them supernatural, courageous boldness and faith. Lord, deliver your people, bless and keep them, make your face shine upon them and give them your peace. The peace of Christ be on them and in them. Amen.

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  18. “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are MINE! When you pass through the waters I will be with you, the rivers won’t overflow you nor will the fire scorch you nor burn you. For I am the LORD your God, your Savior. You are precious in My sight.” Isaiah 43:1-4a
    Standing in solidarity with you from the US. Praying without ceasing. Jesus has already won the battle for our souls and defeated the devil’s darkness. You are my dear brothers and sisters and I send love in Jesus’ name. Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. I John 4:4

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