Pope Francis has called for a day of prayer and fasting for peace in Ukraine. He has invited us all to make 2 March, Ash Wednesday, a Day of Fasting for Peace.
“I encourage believers in a special way to dedicate themselves intensely to prayer and fasting on that day. May the Queen of Peace preserve the world from the madness of war,” he said.
Sometimes when life is difficult and the world seems out of control, it’s difficult to find the words to speak in prayer. When the heaviness of the world makes even prayer seem daunting, allow the Holy Spirit to intercede. Sit before God in silence, knowing that what is in your heart and soul is already known to our Creator.
“In the same way, the Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit itself intercedes with inexpressible groanings. And the one who searches hearts knows what is the intention of the Spirit, because it intercedes for the holy ones according to God’s will.“
~Romans 8:26-27 says:
We can pray for peace and for God’s ever present help in these troubled times by sitting in silence, allowing the Spirit to enter into the chaos of our minds, and bringing solace to those clamorous spaces.
We can bring ourselves into God’s presence and, without words, knowing that what is within us, is heard and understood.
We will be sharing a series on prayer each Friday over the six weeks of Lent as we continue praying for peace. We invite you to join us in this prayer mission.
Week 1: How Do I Pray?
Week 2: 1 Peter 5:6-7
Week 3: Philippians 4:6-7
Week 4: Isaiah 40:31
Week 5: 2 Corinthians 12:9
Week 6: Deuteronomy 31:8