Prayer is Our Weapon in War
As the war in Ukraine enters its second week, more than 1.5 million Ukrainian refugees have fled the country. The conflict is escalating and civilian death tolls are rising by the day. But will a war over 8,000 kilometres away affect the average Malaysian?
The answer is yes. Our global economies are connected in more ways than one, among them: an increase in oil and energy prices, supply chain disruptions and imported inflation on raw materials, all of which will be passed onto the everyday consumer.
But besides the economic impact, the damage and uncertainty of war – occuring at a time just as we are recovering from the pandemic – could lead to more emotional turmoil as we experience fears, helplessness, a mistrust in authority and power imbalance in our lives.
Is there anything we can do from Malaysia?
For the average Malaysian, it may seem that the situation in Ukraine is beyond our help and there is nothing we can do but watch the conflict from afar.
But God has given us the most powerful weapon of all – prayer. When we pray, God moves. There is no need too great or too small, and there is nothing too hard for Him to resolve.
Psalm 34:17“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.”
Ephesians 6:18“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
1 Timothy 2:1-2:“I urge… that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”
Matthew 18:19“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-4“Praise be to… the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
Though we may not understand every element or know the outcome of this conflict, we can use the weapon we already have in our hands – that is to continue praying that God will bring peace and resolution to the situation, and divine protection and healing over all who are suffering.
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About the Author
Wan Phing Lim is a contributor to Our Daily Bread Ministries Malaysia. Born and raised in Penang, she studied Politics before turning to a career in writing. She loves coffee, books and films.
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