At times of turmoil and trial it is natural to turn to prayer, particularly in situations where events feel so far beyond our control.
Around the world people have turned to prayer in response to the plight of Ukraine, alongside making donations through the various charities and agencies that are able to reach the refugees fleeing for their lives.
In Jerusalem, on the Mount of Olives is the Church of Paternoster where the walls are covered with the Lord's Prayer in every language. The Lord's Prayer is the one given by Jesus to His disciples when they asked him how to pray. At times when I cannot find the words to pray, this is what I turn to.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done, in earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen
Photo: Richard Sewell @sgcjerusalem Dean of St George’s College, Jerusalem
Here are some prayer points, suggested by Archbishop Michael Lewis, Primate of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, that you may wish to include as you pray for the situation in Ukraine:
- for Ukrainians throughout the world and especially those under bombardment and assault in their native land, so dear to them
- for the poor and vulnerable, the old and the young
- for President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and all rising to the challenges of high office
- for President Vladimir Putin, that he may turn from his path of hatred, war, and lies
- for those who strive for peace through justice
- for all Christians in Ukraine and in Russia, particularly Orthodox believers
- for the Anglican churches and congregations of Christ Church Kyiv and St Andrew Moscow.
You can download the Prayer for Ukraine written by Rev. Alan Amos, which is being used in various English-speaking churches around Europe.