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The Battle is the Lord’s

A photo of a slingshot and smooth stones on a wooden table. The words of 1 Samuel 17:45-47 ESV, "Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down...that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hand.”"
by Beeda Speis for Peace in the Stillness blog

As war rages on, the death toll rises and destruction becomes more widespread. The images are heartbreaking. However, the Ukrainians have fought valiantly and continue to show their strength and courage every single day. I am in awe of them. They are small but mighty. They have the combined heart of a robust army.

We need to not grow lax in our interceding on their behalf. Continue to pray for their victory. Pray that nuclear weapons aren’t used. Pray for an end to the giant.

Bible Verse of the Day

Then [David] took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd’s pouch. His sling was in his hand, and he approached the Philistine.
And the Philistine moved forward and came near to David, with his shield-bearer in front of him. And when the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him, for he was but a youth, ruddy and handsome in appearance. And the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. The Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the field.” Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hand.”
When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.
So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. There was no sword in the hand of David. Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.
1 Samuel 17:40-51 ESV

Prayer

Dear Father, we know You are full of mercy and grace and that You hear our prayers. We are thankful for the ability to come to You in this manner and intercede on behalf of the people of Ukraine. Dearest Father, we pray from the depths of our souls that You end the war in Ukraine. We pray that, like Goliath, the giant will fall, that he will not prevail. Lord, we understand that it will be in Your perfect timing and according to Your perfect plan that the war will end. Until then, we will be obedient by praying on their behalf. The battle belongs to You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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