Dear Lord,

Today we pray for the people of Ukraine as they continue to face a brutal invasion by Russia.

We pray for those courageous citizens who are resisting the invasion of their nation. Protect them as they seek to protect their beloved country. We pray for President Zelensky as he shows the world what it means to be a servant leader. Encourage him as he leads his people in these perilous days. We pray for those around the world who are speaking out against Russian aggression, including Russian citizens who do so at their own peril, and those who are acting to help Ukraine counter the Russian incursion. Embolden them to act swiftly and decisively to help end this tragedy.

We pray that Your Holy Spirit will change President Putin’s heart so he repents and ends his sinful actions. We pray that Russian citizens will rise up and pressure their leaders to stop this madness. We pray that tomorrow’s meeting between Ukrainian and Russian delegations will help end the violence.

But even as we pray these things, Lord, we pray for the peace that we know is Your will. Peace for Ukraine. Peace for Your world mired in violence. And peace in our own hearts so that those of us who call the Prince of Peace our Lord and Savior will be peacemakers.

Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayers.

Amen.