Ukraine and Russia
Members of the body of Christ are admonished to pray for ALL mankind and its leaders of ALL nations. That being said as Christians we are also admonished to pray for fellow Christians because we are ALL one body. And if you stub your toe your entire body feels pain. And so it is with the body of Christ that when one member feels pain we all experience pain. Therefore we must pray for our fellow members of the body of Christ in Ukraine and in Russia that the Father of mercies and God of ALL comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3-5), …comfort those believers in both Russia and Ukraine.
Scripture Admonishing Christians to Pray for All Mankind
1 Timothy 2:1-2 – I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
1 Peter 2:17 – Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.
Romans 13:1 – Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
The Father of Mercies and God of All Comfort
‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation.’
II Corinthians 1:3-7
Christian ministries in Ukraine are urging believers throughout the country not to fear, saying their mission remains unchanged even as Russia’s military continues its attack on their land. “Remember how many times God in His Word says ‘don’t be afraid,'” Kyiv Theological Seminary, located in the Ukrainian capital, wrote on its Facebook page.
Ukraine is one the most Christian nations in Europe, with 78 percent of the population identifying with the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 10 percent with the Roman Catholic Church, and 2 percent calling themselves evangelical. Russia invaded Ukraine – a sovereign nation on its border – Thursday morning. Both countries formerly were part of the Soviet Union, which dissolved in 1991. Ukraine subsequently claimed its independence. Christians in the country are condemning the Russian attack while saying they remain resolute in opposing the invasion and in being a light for Christ. In Kyiv, where citizens flee […]