Please join Christian CND in praying this month as we intercede for issues here and around the world. We believe God has the power to move in all these situations and that prayer goes hand in hand with our campaigning efforts. There are many things to be thankful for as well as issues we want to bring before God.
Things to thank God for
- The apparent progress on peace talks between Russia and Ukraine
- The release of British citizens held in Iran
- Cote d-Ivorie ratifying the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
- The chance to reflect on the events of Easter during Holy Week
The ongoing conflict in Ukraine
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful – Hebrews 10:23
As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues there have been some positive signs from the peace talks which have been taking place. A meeting between the Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Vladimir Putin has even been suggested. While we take nothing for granted the situation seems more promising. Earlier this month the Russian Defence Minister reiterated the fact that nuclear weapons were on “high alert” and there have been growing concerns that the world is closer to nuclear weapons being used than at any point in the last 60 years.
Please pray with us
- Pray for those caught up in the conflict, those who have fled or are seeking to flee
- Thank God that there appears to have been progress in the peace talks
- Pray that talks would continue to progress and bring an end to the conflict
- Pray for the leaders involved, including Volodymyr Zelenskyy & Vladimir Putin
- Thank God for the welcome which those fleeing the conflict have received
Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future – Jeremiah 29:11
Côte d’Ivoire became the 60th state to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, confirming the move at the United Nations last month. There are now 11 African states who have joined the Treaty, with a further 18 in the process of completing ratification, including Cabo Verde, whose parliament unanimously approved the ratification of the Treaty earlier this month. We also await the formal ratification notices from Guatemala and Dominican Republic after decisions by their parliaments. New dates have now been announced for the First Meeting of States Parties of the Treaty, scheduled now for 21-23 June in Vienna.
Please pray with us
- Thank God for Côte d’Ivoire becoming the 60th state to ratify the Treaty
- Thank God for Cabo Verde moving towards ratifying the Treaty
- Thank God for all states that have signed, and pray that they would soon ratify
- Pray for those preparing for the First Meeting of States Parties
- Pray that the meeting would be fruitful and raise the profile of the Treaty
- Pray that more states would join Norway, Germany and Switzerland in committing to attend as observers
North Korean missile tests
Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this – Isaiah 9:7
North Korea has continued to test elements of its arsenal thought to be essential to its nuclear weapons programme. In March there was a test of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICMB), the first such test in 5 years. Since the test Kim Jong-Un has stated that Pyongyang wishes to develop more powerful weapons. Elsewhere in the region Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has muted the idea that Japan may wish to develop their own nuclear weapons. This would obviously be incredibly controversial and even the idea is bound to be distressing for those in Japan who survived the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Please pray with us
- Pray against any planned nuclear test by North Korea in the coming weeks
- Pray for a calm and measured response to these developments
- Pray that a dialogue would restart to curb North Korea’s nuclear plans
- Pray that Japan would not pursue a nuclear weapons programme
- Pray that God would comfort those who survived the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and will be distressed by the idea of Japan developing nuclear weapons
Holy Week and Easter
In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” John 24: 5-7
This month Christians around the world will come together during Holy Week and to celebrate Easter. We remember the ultimate sacrifice made by Jesus on the cross, making peace between humanity and God, which enables us in turn to make peace with each other. We use this occasion not only to remember all those who have suffered through the past year as a result of conflict and war, but to rededicate ourselves to our calling for peace and justice around the world, and a future without nuclear weapons.
Please pray with us
- Thank God that we are able to peace with each other thanks to the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross
- Thank God for the resurrection which gives us the hope of eternal life in heaven
- Pray for those who can’t celebrate Easter due to persecution for their beliefs
- Pray for all those who have suffered as a result of war in the past year
- Pray that the coming year would be one of peace, friendship and justice around the world
Please keep the Christian CND staff team and Exec in your prayers.