Pray for Ukraine

By Sanjay Mahtani

Let us stand in prayer, on a blue and yellow background

Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine last week, bringing outright warfare to Europe again. 

In Philippians 4:6, Paul invites the church to prayer. He says in every situation, by prayer and petition, we should present our requests to God.

We want to call all in our OCC family to pray for Ukraine, and propose the following resources to help us do that.

OCC has connections with a network of churches in South East Ukraine, led by Pastor Viktor, who has given the following prayer requests.

The primary request is not for themselves, but that their nation Ukraine should retain its freedom. He writes:

"Let's remind ourselves that God rules the nations (Psalm 66:7) and pray:

  • That the church in Ukraine will be strong in faith and sustained by hope, a beacon of light in the darkness and a comfort to those who mourn.

  • That God will raise up a champion for Ukraine among European leaders who will have the moral fibre and the blessing of God to resist the oppressor

  • For Viktor (leading the network of churches) and the other pastors, our friends and brothers, as they 'shepherd God's flock'. May their faith not waver, and their courage not fail

  • For good men and women in Russia to unite in their millions, bravely calling for an end to military aggression

  • For the comfortable church in the West to be moved with compassion in their hearts and tears in their eyes to pray and keep praying, knowing that nothing is impossible with God.

In addition, please

  • Pray for peace, an end to war and bloodshed, and God's goodness and justice and righteousness to be revealed - he rules the nations (Psalm 66:7)

  • Pray for wisdom for all in leadership, for courage for Ukrainian leadership, and for God to change the hearts of Russian leaders towards peace, godliness and holiness (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

  • Pray for the church in Ukraine, as they stand firm and continue to be salt and light as their people respond to aggression and fear-mongering (Galatians 6:7-10)

  • Pray for the church in Russia, that they would stand for God and His ways, and not aid or abet evil

In particular, we call you to join with others in prayer and fasting on Ash Wednesday (2 March), and in a prayer call with Ukrainian believers at 9pm (also Weds 2 March). More details below: 

Ways to pray

We will regularly update this page with other resources to use in prayer, on your own, with your household, and with your wider community.