Dr. William Wilson, president of Oral Roberts University, calls upon all Christians to pray for the Russia-Ukraine war. Currently, Russian forces have pounded the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol and it is making violent attempts to the capital city of Kyiv.
Wilson assures us that Christians are uniting in prayer. "Pentecostal movements around the world are uniting in prayer because of the war in Ukraine. The heart of God and our hearts are deeply grieved by the needless suffering of innocent people that is taking place due to this conflict. We pray and call for those who have initiated this violence to stand down and seek a peaceful resolution. Psalms 34: 14 says: `Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it." And, Jesus taught us in Mathew 5:9 that "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.'
"We are extremely grateful for the many denominations, churches, relief organizations and individual believers who are sacrificing to care for the over 2 million refugees entering other nations. Pentecostal churches and ministries are on the front line across Europe in communicating the love of Christ in practical ways to the hurting and displaced. In unity, the Pentecostal World Fellowship's Global Pentecostal Relief and Development Partners are collaborating to support those affected.
"We pray for our brothers and sisters in Ukraine who are enduring incredible pain and loss because of the war. We pray also for our brothers and sisters in Russia who are ministering in increasingly difficult circumstances. Religious persecution continues to increase in both nations. May God protect, strengthen and comfort them is our prayer. May God also use this moment to open many hearts to the gospel and grant supernatural boldness to declare God's Word in the midst of danger.
"We anticipate the day when war will be no more and the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our Christ and the promise of Micah 4:3 will be realized: "He will establish justice in the rabble of nations and settle disputes in faraway places. They will trade in their swords for shovels, their spears for rakes and hoes. Nations will quit fighting each other, quit learning how to kill one another."
Let us continue to pray for Ukraine and even for President Putin that God will change his heart.