This will be my last day of fasting, but my prayers will continue.
Whilst praying for Kyiv and the suffering of the millions in Ukraine, the Russians have bombed houses and hospitals, towns and theatres, and the suffering has been appalling and unnecessary, evil and unjustified. Yet Ukraine is still undefeated, and the people are more determined than ever to fight for their freedom and even Russian journalists have begun to stand up for truth.
“O Lord, our Lord,
How excellent is Your name in all the earth,
Who have set Your glory above the heavens!
2 Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants
You have ordained strength,
Because of Your enemies,
That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.
3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
4 What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?
5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels,
And You have crowned him with glory and honour.
6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet,
7 All sheep and oxen—
Even the beasts of the field,
8 The birds of the air,
And the fish of the sea
That pass through the paths of the seas.
9 O Lord, our Lord,Psalm 8
How excellent is Your name in all the earth!”
Psalm 8 speaks of the glory of God and the authority and power he delegates to mankind. At times like these we see how man can misuse the power that God has delegated to them. The dictator turns to a despot and destroys lives and lands. Yet, how ever this conflict continues over the next days and weeks, I know that God always brings good out of every evil situation and that his Love never fails.
If you feel God is calling you, please join in this fast and prayer. Let your prayers rise as incense to the heavens and be confident that the goodness of the Lord will be revealed through all the earth.
Perhaps you might like to pray this psalm over the people of Ukraine.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked came against me
To eat up my flesh,
My enemies and foes,
They stumbled and fell.
3 Though an army may encamp against me,
My heart shall not fear;
Though war may rise against me,
In this I will be confident.
4 One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.
5 For in the time of trouble
He shall hide me in His pavilion;
In the secret place of His tabernacle
He shall hide me;
He shall set me high upon a rock.
6 And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me;
Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.
7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice!
Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
8 When You said, “Seek My face,”
My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
9 Do not hide Your face from me;
Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
You have been my help;
Do not leave me nor forsake me,
O God of my salvation.
10 When my father and my mother forsake me,
Then the Lord will take care of me.
11 Teach me Your way, O Lord,Psalm 27
And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.
12 Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries;
For false witnesses have risen against me,
And such as breathe out violence.
13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.14 Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!”
I can not do much, but I can pray and fast in solidarity with those who are going without food today.