I Timothy 2:1-5 “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

Proverbs 21:1 “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.”

The PLUS ministry is focused on prompting American Christians to pray for our nation and our leaders so that God will change our national direction and bring about revival.  If He were to do so, it would have a massive impact on our nation, but also on a world that looks to us for leadership, protection, and provision.  While the Lord directs us to provide supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks for all men, for kings, and for all those in authority, it is impossible to pray for all people at all times.  Thus, PLUS emphasizes doing so for those here in America, not from a nationalistic perspective, but from a practical perspective based on impact and influence.  Yet, sometimes in addition to looking upwards, we have to look outwards.

Eight years ago, shortly after the Russian annexation of Crimea, Senator John McCain condemned the aggressive actions of Russia and the long-term malign intent of President Vladimir Putin.  He went on to say that the violation of Ukrainian sovereignty was unacceptable “to an America that stands up for the rights of human beings.”  He punctuated his thoughts with these powerful words: “We are all Ukrainians!”  We are!

As a freedom loving people who champion human rights underpinned by the designs of a loving Creator, our hearts should ache for the chaos in Ukraine.  We should mourn for the Ukrainian people.  We should cheer for the strength of the human spirit on display when men and women, with no military training, take up arms to defend their homeland, their freedom, and their way of life.  We should be humbled by those who are paying the ultimate price for liberty.  Such acts of sacrifice should shake us out of our own complacency about the value of our many blessings in America.  We should be bolstered by tales of heroism and courage stemming from tales about Snake Island, The Ghost of Kyiv, and sunflower seeds.  We should praise the bold leadership of President Volodymyr Zelensky and Mayor Vitali Klitschko on the front lines of a bloody conflict.  And, we should be convicted and challenged by the faith of Christian Ukrainians as we watch them powerfully praise God in a subway station in Kyiv while the city is under siege.

And most importantly, we must pray for the Ukrainian people and their leaders.  After all, they are us!  We are all Ukrainians!