Prayer for Ukraine - Morning Prayer 28th February

01-March-22

Last Thursday morning something many have feared in recent weeks came to pass, the Russian President Vladamir Putin launched an unprovoked attack on his sovereign neighbour Ukraine and began an unnecessary war. In the simplest of terms he is a bully who wants what isn't his - Ukrainian land and because he is bigger and stronger than his neighbour, he thought he could just take it.

Thankfully, the world has now recognised him as that bully and are uniting for the people of Ukraine. The sad reality is that in the last four days hundreds of innocent civilians have been killed. Ordinary people like you and me, teachers and students, bankers and builders, trainers and tiktokers, people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time lost their lives.

The people of Ukraine face a terrifying reality today. Some have fled as refugees to neighbouring countries, some have stayed behind bunkering in fear and some have taken up arms to defend their country. No option is one anyone would want to face.

It has been said many times since Thursday that Russia's attack on Ukraine is an attack on all of Europe and is therefore an attack on all of us. Anyone who stands for peace and integrity and respect is being attacked right now.

In our prayer today we especially remember the innocent children of Ukraine, the ones who will suffer the most. They may lose their homes, their parents, their friends, their education and their security. Their childhood innocence is being robbed from them right now and above all we pray this morning that God keeps them safe at this time.

At times like this we can feel helpless and so together, as an act of solidarity for the suffering people of Ukraine this morning, you and I will pray together The Lord's prayer. And as we do so we ask God to bless the people of that country and to restore peace to that land.

Together we say:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Today, with gratitude for the safety of our country, we pray for a good and peaceful day. Amen.

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