“Jesus wept” (John 11:35, ESV).
I have a friend who is probably the most courageous person I know. She flew last week into Poland, not far from Ukraine. She went on a mission to minister to traumatized refugees fleeing from the war. Yesterday she posted this:
“Working with a family in a transition center. Mom could not bring herself to leave her two draft age sons alone in Ukraine. Dad could not stand the thought of his two teenage girls being victims of sexual war crimes if they stayed in Ukraine. So, these parents made a terrible, pain infused decision. Dad took the two girls across the border and mom stayed with her two soldier boys, one of which has already been shot.”
She ministered to those two girls, just being present with them in their pain. She sat with them and listened. She discovered that one of them played the flute, and invited her to play. She was able to share a video of this precious young woman expressing herself on her instrument with a haunting melody.
As I watched and listened, tears welled up in my eyes. I felt Holy Spirit’s emotions in connection to this family’s suffering. I stopped, and gave space to what was stirring inside of me. I prayed until the burden lifted.
Do you find yourself experiencing something similar when you are exposed to stories coming out of the war zone? Those deep emotions of compassion that you feel are God’s own. Right now, He is hurting with the hurting. He is weeping with those who weep. If you make yourself available, He will move through you in this way: “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words” (Rom. 8:26, ESV).
This is what Jesus experienced at Lazarus’ tomb. He wept with the sisters that He so loved, feeling their pain. Then, “…again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb” (John 11:35,38, NKJV). Power was released as He gave space to Holy Spirit’s groanings. We all know the end of the story.
Do you know that power is released when you allow Holy Spirit to pray through you, too, in this way? His prayers through you are ministering to someone in the world. As you make space for responding to His intercession, real change is happening for a precious individual that He loves enough to give His life for.
Are you available?
Do you believe that your prayers make a difference in what is happening right now in Ukraine?