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2. Rise Above Circumstances
The Jewish name on my father’s side was “Adler.” Adler means “eagle.” And like an eagle we need to look at circumstances from a higher perspective.
Here are some of the characteristics of eagles:
The war between Ukraine and Russia is one example. We are all distressed by what is going on, but what I see is that prophecy is being fulfilled as many Ukrainian Jews are headed to Israel to find refuge. Jeremiah prophesied about this: “Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and I will gather them from the ends of the earth—among them the blind and the lame, the pregnant together with she who is in labor with child. A great throng will return here. With weeping and supplications, they will come” (Jeremiah 31:7–8). At a recent Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast a political leader from the Israeli Knesset said 500 are declaring Aliyah every day, with 10,000 waiting in a nearby country for entry into Israel. It’s a sign of the end of days!
How does God see the irritating person in your life?
I met a woman once who was sharp with me more than once. My first thought was to stay clear of her, but then I decided to meet with her and ask questions. I found out about the emotional wounds she experienced in her childhood. It was then that my heart poured out to her because I began to see her from God’s vantage point, not my own.
It takes God’s power to enable us to rise above circumstances. We cannot do this in our own strength. So today if you have something trying to take you down, ask Him to give you an eagle’s vision of the situation. It could be a perspective that will provide healing.
But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31).
What is going through your mind as you watch news reports about the Russian invasion of Ukraine?
I am feeling helpless and wish I could do more to assist the people. We’re too far away to take in refugees. I don’t personally know anyone there, and I’m not trained for the military.
However, we are all trained to war in prayer, so here are three things we can pray for Ukraine:
Pray that God will fight this battle for them. “Then I said to you, ‘Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the wilderness. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”
Today as I was reading the recap of the Israelites journey to the Promised Land, I realized that while God gave them the victories, they still had to fight and put the work in. Ukraine is holding its own. According to NPR, airstrikes have not gone as planned and the Russians are experiencing food and fuel shortages 
Pray for the truth about this war to come out. There are a lot of conspiracy theories running around that flip the scenario of who is “good” and who is “bad.” I am praying for God’s truth and clarity to emerge from this scenario.
Pray for the Ukrainian refugees fleeing the country. With over 50,000 Jews living in Ukraine, many of these refugees are Jewish and are heading to Israel. This is a fulfillment of prophecy. In Ezekiel 38:8 it says, “In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them live in safety.” God’s ways are not our ways, and it is possible that He has used this war for good, to move His people back to the Land. We need to pray for open doors, provision and shelter for all refugees.
I have always said prayer should not be the last resort, it should be the first resort. Matthew 21:22 says, “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
So in the end, we’re not helpless. We can battle for Ukraine as we have been given the right to appeal to our Almighty Defender through prayer.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Mathew 5: 43-48, NIV)
As Russia invaded Ukraine last week, we can ask ourselves how can we love our enemies? And why? The answer is simple because Jesus chose to die on the cross for His enemies. The greatest act of love and sacrifice that ever was. We, as a people, were the enemy of Christ and yet He loved us and chose to forgive us. He said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40, NIV)
During these tumultuous times, it seems impossible to love our enemies. It is critical that we extend love to others especially now when our world is suffering. To love God is the greatest commandment, and to love one another is the second. It is the trademark of all Christians. It is a decision or a choice to love one another. An act of will that lays aside self and extends itself to lifting each other up. God does not put limitations on who He loves or how He loves. As Christians, we need to reflect the love of God outwardly for the world to see Jesus in us. Things such as anger, fear and unforgiveness have no place in our lives when we love each other the way Jesus loves us. When love is allowed to reign in our hearts, we reflect the Prince of Peace. As the love of God through Christ grows within us, the body of Christ grows with Jesus as the Head and the Heart. What a beautiful picture! Praying for Ukraine and Russia and for world peace.
“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” (John 14:15-21, NIV)
Dear LORD, we pray for peace in Ukraine and for Russian leader Vladimir Putin, to listen to You and make wise decisions. We pray for You to supernaturally protect the people of Ukraine and for the leader of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy to also hear Your Voice We pray against loss of life and a resolution to this current conflict. In Jesus’ name we pray, AMEN.