Mar 12, 2022 08:00am
Hear His Voice Above the Noise

War is defined as, “the state of armed conflict between different nations or states or different groups within a nation or state.” War (battle, fighting, conflict, combat) has always existed, going back to the beginning of time.

Today, in this present moment we are focused on Russia and its attack (war) on Ukraine. We see the consequences this war is having on not just Ukraine but Russia and surrounding countries as well as people all around the world.

Father in Heaven, God that sees all, God that knows all, God that is present and not far away. God who has His hand on the pulse of every child of God, we put this war in your hands and claim this promise . .

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:12 -13)

The world looks at what is going on today from a horizontal perspective, but seeing the world this way causes us to be stuck in a rut. Like a mouse running a maze with no outlets. Changing directions, taking a different path, speeding up, slowing down, stopping to ponder, still provides no way out in and of itself.

But Christians saved by grace have a different perspective.

There are still no outlets to that maze. The response can be frustration, anger, fear, anxiety, depression, withdrawal, hopelessness, and all these things can lead to self-destructive behaviors and or total destruction. Do no allow those desperate thoughts. Instead, child of God, pray for him to help you see this world from a vertical perspective. Here are just two prayer songs from the Psalmists whose hope was in God alone:

To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens! (Psalm 123:1)

Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for thee; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you. (Psalm 33:18-22)

And here is a prayer to help you do battle against our enemy, the devil:

“Father God, let us find you as our resting place in the middle of all this noise around us, that we, your children, may hear your voice, make decisions, and take steps accordingly.

“May we all recognize that this world is a maze and until you lift us out of it and bring us home, we all will have battles to fight, whether in foreign countries, at home or within our very being. But may we remember we do not war against flesh and blood but against the spiritual forces of evil. And may we also remember, the battle is not ours but the Lord’s.

“And finally, LORD, we at Pure Joy International lift up the people around the world, and their families, who are serving you in countries touched by this war. Guide them through your Holy Spirit, shelter them from the enemy’s hand, get them to safety as they move about. 

“Comfort their families that are living away from them and above all, may they look to you for the peace that surpasses all understanding to rule in their hearts. And we pray all these things in the precious name of Jesus.”

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