If we pray for Ukraine, is God listening?

Does God hear our prayers? Is He listening? Does He want to help with this war raging in Ukraine?

Those are all valid questions. I think each of us has asked or wondered at some point if God is real.

Well, I say ask Him.

God created us. He knows we are curious and wish to understand things that seem more significant than us.

God is more significant than anything or anyone person.

God is so complex that we may never fully understand the scope of who God is, but don’t let that deter you.

God is also personable. He isn’t some significant scary holy entity that is unapproachable.

God is not a cookie-cutter God. He is not a one-size-fits-all deity.

God knows we are curious. He created us to ask questions and to find answers.

If you want to know if God is real, ask Him. Now how He reveals his answers may not satisfy your curiosity.

If you ask questions, He may not reveal the answers. Some answers come many days, months, or even years later.

You might be thinking that you want God to perform some colossal miracle for you to believe that He exists.

We can ask but be cautious not to have grand ideas of exactly how you expect God to show you, His answers.

His answer may be so subtle that you miss it.

You should know this about God; He never answers prayer the way you expect Him to.

That is one thing that I admire about God. He always does something unexpectedly that makes me appreciate Him even more.

So, ask Him. He may answer, and He may not respond.

God wants us to seek Him continuously.

And please don’t think that if He doesn’t answer your question, this is the proof that He does not exist.

God wants and desires to be pursued.

I know you might be thinking that this pursuit is too much to ask, but once you have a glimpse of God, you will know it was all worth it, and you will hunger for more peeks and reveals into who God is.

A personal relationship with God is beyond any small effort we put into it.
We are living in scary times. There is no better time to pursue God.

Right now, we need to be constantly praying for peace. Ask God to intervene in this awful war and for His mighty hand to move to end it quickly. Also, pray for peace! We need peace! Don’t give up on prayer.

Please don’t think that it does not work. Prayer is power. If prayer groups are praying for peace, join one. Even if it is an internet prayer group, God will still hear. Time, place, in person or internet prayer, God is not restricted by any of these things.

When we come in agreement with other believers seeking God’s will, He will move. His word says so. In Matt 18:19, His word speaks of the power of agreement:https://biblehub.com/matthew/18-19.htm

If at all possible, fast, pray and give. Fasting and giving amplify our prayer. Fast one meal, one day’s meals, or even as many days as you can tolerate. Here is an article explaining a little more about fasting https://www.ibelieve.com/faith/4-prayers-for-a-powerful-fasting-breakthrough.html

Where should you give? There are many great charities raising funds for humanitarian relief for the people of Ukraine. Do some research and see if God’s peace comes over you about giving a donation at the place you choose.

Giving is also called planting a seed. Although this seed is a money seed, it can be pointed and asked for God to use it for a breakthrough in this war, for peace to prevail, and for God’s hand to move in this situation.

Our family has planted seeds with Samaritan’s’ Purse, Paula White Ministries, and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. Again, this is where I gave. Where you plant your seed is between you and God.

Here are some bible verses that will assist you in your pursuit of our one true living God:

Matthew 7:7 Matthew 7:7 ESV – Ask, and It Will Be Given – “Ask, and – Bible Gateway

1John 5:14 1 John 5:14-15 ESV – And this is the confidence that we have – Bible Gateway

1 Peter 3:12 1 Peter 3:12 ESV – For the eyes of the Lord are on the – Bible Gateway

Mark 11:24 Mark 11:24 ESV – Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask – Bible Gateway

Proverbs 15:29 Proverbs 15:29 ESV – The LORD is far from the wicked, but he – Bible Gateway

Be the gift this Christmas season.

Remember that our prayers are never simple gestures.  Our words have power!!!
Our prayers are powerful!!! That is why God’s word tells us that the persistent prayers of the righteous availeth much.
Standing in the gap for someone who is going through something painful is an incredible gift.
This season pick 3 – 4 people that you don’t frequently pray for & pray for them for 30 days. Try to be consistent all of the 30 days.
If you are unsure what to pray about for these individuals, pray for some essential items. Always remember our prayer is never basic, weak or generic.
Pray for them to establish a robust personal relationship with God, to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior, ask God to let them find their divine purpose and to help them to fulfill it. Ask God to heal their body, to restore broken relationships in their lives, ask God to help them break an addiction like alcohol or cigarettes or even for God to end the cycle of poverty over their lives.
What we make happen for others, God will make happen for us.
In helping someone go higher in their life, God will send someone to help you go higher too.
In Jesus’ name, we receive it by faith. Amen.

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