Christian media leaders have called fellow Christians to pray for Europe amid the threats of war. The media giants- All Israel News, CBN, and TBN gathered on Mount Olives last February 19 to pray for the world leaders, especially Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Christian media leaders
CBN Middle East Bureau Chief Chris Mitchell and Erick Stakelbeck, host of the TBN’s “The Watchman,” joined Joel Rosenberg, All Israel News Editor-in-Chief, to urge Christians to pray fervently for Ukraine, Russia, and the other countries involved at the brink of war.
Rosenberg believes that praying can change the heart and mind of Putin, claiming that God has changed the hearts of many leaders throughout history.
He said, “We’ve got to love our enemies, to pray for our enemies. Pray that God thwarts this invasion. Pray for the believers in Ukraine that they would be bold, that they would be courageous, that they would preach the gospel to their countrymen who are facing another 70 years of Russian occupation.”
Christians in Ukraine
Ukraine is one of the most Christian countries in Europe. In a survey conducted in 1991, it is reported that 78% belonged to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. About 10% identify themselves as Roman Catholics, while 2% are Evangelical Christians.
But, today, Evangelicals have influenced the Ukrainian government as more than 500 evangelicals have been elected in the office. “Ukraine has become the epicenter of a global spiritual battle,” said a report by Christian Today.
Moreover, Rosenberg noted that “the imminent threat from Russia is pushing pro-Israel leaders in Europe to seek a close relationship with the Jewish state – a small country known for its defense capabilities.”
Prayers for Europe and Israel
In response, Mitchell prayed, “We pray for wisdom for the leaders in Europe, in America, in this region. We pray for wisdom for the leaders in Israel, for great wisdom as they navigate a diplomatic tightrope. Right now, we pray for the Jewish people there in Ukraine.”
Stakelbeck added always to remember Israel in our prayers. “You need to keep this land on your minds and your heart and in your spirit because this is the epicenter. This is where these momentous events are unfolding right now. All of the prophetic chess pieces are moving on the board,” he said. “And it all happens right here in Jerusalem, so it should never be far from your heart.”
Reference: All Israel News