Sunday Extra- March 20, 2022
Today, our Sunday Extra sermon comes from Karen Pahl, who pastors a church in Racine, Wisconsin. Karen participates in one of our Transforming Church Cohorts headed by John Holm, with support and mentoring from Kevin Ford and Rich Hurst. A Lilly Grant helps fund this program and allows us to provide coaching and visioning for pastors and congregations. Karen’s sermon comes during a series that uses video samples from the TV series, The Chosen. In her message, she helps us picture the work of Jesus in our midst as we become disciples.
How You Can Pray
Attila Nyári, a member of our mentoring group with Young Leaders Around the World, serves as Chief of Staff for the Lausanne Movement, supporting the Global Executive Director / CEO. While currently pursuing an MA in global leadership at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, he is the lead pastor of Golgota Kistarcsa, a growing church plant in the Budapest agglomeration. He suggests we pray for Ukraine in these ways:
For the hearts of leaders and politicians. Paul writes in 1 Timothy 2:1-2, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” Praying for a change of heart in a politician is a powerful thing to do.
For those who mourn, the widows and orphans, and all who are wounded spiritually. Psalm 34:18 states that “the Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” War has a spiritual component to it–the adversary of humanity is keen on wrecking peoples’ souls.
For the church in Ukraine. The message of hope shines brightest when hopelessness is rampant. Therefore, let us pray the Holy Spirit will fill and strengthen our brothers and sisters in Ukraine, regardless of denominational affiliation. May God enable them to give a strong testimony of the Prince of Peace and support the recovery of the physically and spiritually wounded.
That God’s Kingdom would come. The Bible does speak about an era when war will be a thing of the past. Isaiah 2:4 describes the reign of the Messiah in these words: “He shall judge between the nations and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” May many hearts around the world cry out, “Your kingdom come.”
Pray in the Holy Spirit. Before we pray for Ukraine, let’s be silent before the Lord for a few minutes, asking God to reveal to us how and what to pray.