“Our main prayer right now: Father, do something!!! The prayer cup is full and it is time for God to show His hand.”
That was Monday, February 17. It was a statement made by a good friend of ours, a Ukrainian missionary, in her email updating us on the events taking place in her beloved homeland. After three months at Maidan Square, praying, providing supplies, attending to the wounded, she was tired and desperate for a move of God. None of us could have imagined on that day how close the cup was to tipping over. By the end of the week, the whole world would see it.
The prayer cup for Ukraine’s present freedom didn’t start filling that Monday. It didn’t begin last November, either. It started many years ago. We met Christians in Ukraine during our first year there, in 2007, who were stirred by the truth and had been actively praying against the stronghold of their corrupt government. Some have agonized over it, many have prayed with doubt of ever seeing a breakthrough in their lifetime.
But one by one, each prayer added to the steady increase, building up, displacing void spaces in heaven’s vessel before God’s watchful eye. And then, to earth the breakthrough was sent.
When I view what happened in Ukraine last week, I look upon it knowing that it was the unceasing, fervent prayers of the people that brought about breakthrough. And I am fully convinced that all of us who joined our prayers to theirs during the three month conflict saw the outcome take place to some degree sooner than if we hadn’t added our prayers at all.
Scripture depicts a quantitative quality to prayer. It accumulates, like a bank account.“And another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel’s hand. And the angel took the censer; and he filled it with the fire of the altar and threw it to the earth; and there followed peals of thunder and sounds and flashes of lightning and an earthquake.” (Rev. 8:3-5)
Knowing that, and knowing the amount of prayer that was being poured into Ukraine’s account as more people the world over joined them, it stands to reason that if we want to see a move of God, we need to make more deposits to the cups holding our petitions in Heaven. And not just for our own needs and desires, but as an expression of loving one another, we need to be asking others:
“How may I add to your account, that you may receive your breakthrough, your answer, your provision?”
That’s what I’m taking from our experience over the past three months, when daily, sometimes unceasingly, our prayers united with the cries of our Ukrainian brothers and sisters to culminate in the swift, sure hand of God removing a defiant, Goliath-like mountain to birth a new nation in nearly a day. Our friend’s declaration that “the prayer cup is full,” was right-on. We’re seeing the result of a full cup.
View the video below from our friends Kyle and Anya, base leaders at Kyiv’s Youth With A Mission. Hear how God moved in Ukraine and how our prayers are still vitally important (there is still much to be done to secure a sure victory). And be sure to look out to more countries, other people who may be languishing for lack of help getting their cups full.