Ukrainian-Born Pastor Offers Guidance on How to Pray for His Homeland

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A Ukrainian-born Christian pastor living in the United States says he’s still in shock that the Russian invasion came to fruition, but that he is finding solace in praying the Lord’s Prayer for his native land.

“I’m still kind of in shock,” Pastor Andrew Moroz told CBN News, as reported by Faithwire. “Honestly, I’m grieving. It’s very painful to know what my friends and family and ministry partners are experiencing in Ukraine and [it’s] a little bit unbelievable that something like this could be happening right now.”

Moroz, a lead elder at Gospel Community Church in Lynchburg, Virginia, says that it has been “daunting” to try to keep up with the latest news from the fighting but that this has also prompted him to remain steadfastly in prayer along with his family and church “for the preservation of innocent life.”

He says this is one way that we as believers can offer our aid to Ukrainians while we are watching the chaos unfold from so far away.

One heartening aspect of the conflict has been the way the Ukrainian church has remained strong and steadfast in its commission to share the Gospel and offer hope to the hopeless, something that Moroz greatly admires.

“I’m proud of the church in Ukraine,” he said. “They are rallying. They’re gathering in groups, they’re worshipping. There’s videos going around of prayer services and worship experiences in subways and so I’m praying that Jesus is glorified. If He is peace — which we believe He is, He’s the Prince of Peace — then we want more of Him in these spaces where people are hurting.”

Moroz says that he has been consistently praying the Lord’s Prayer for Ukraine, and urged fellow believes to issue the same petition’s for God’s Kingdom to be present in the war-torn nation.

“I’ve been praying the Lord’s Prayer for the country of Ukraine,” he explained. “We can pray that for each other, too, in just the same elements that Jesus lays out for us. This is what those people need. This is what I need right now: ‘Lord, I need Your Kingdom present in my life. I want Your Kingdom present in the Ukraine. I need Your provision and sustenance; they need provision.’”

Ukrainian Christians are asking for prayers from the global church, he said, but that they are already finding great solace in their faith.

“I have friends in basements right now,” he said. “But they really are putting their faith into practice. They believe their God is present with them. That’s been very encouraging to me.”

Moroz also urged believers to keep Russia and its citizens in prayer as well.

“This isn’t a ‘Ukraine is great and Russia is bad’ [situation],’” he said. “Both countries have citizens who are made in the image of God and who want to live lives in peace and who want to encourage each other. So we’re praying for truth and justice in both spaces.”

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