I always look at it like this.
I’m not sure what God does or does not do with things like war. I’m not sure what my prayer can do and I’m not sure what all of our prayers can do. I have no idea , and neither does anyone else , how the supernatural works. But I have faith that out God does care and I have faith that he is at work in comforting his people.
When I think of prayer I think of James 2.
If we were to see someone freezing and starving what good is it to just pray that , “I hope you are well fed and warm”. It’s rather useless. It seems to me just like with everything concerning humans God wants us to participate in it. The churches I attend for example are already in connection with some of the Churches of Christ in Ukraine. I know many from there. In the house I lived in before this one it also had spare bedrooms and when disciples from other nations was visiting USA , the beaches are a common place to visit , many of them stayed at my house for free for the week or so they were here and it was fun. Likewise when I head to another place , even in America, I reach out to other Christians within my denomination and will stay with them.
Now days with multiple online ways of sharing money quickly it’s fairly easy to send aid to most places. We can still reach out to others , even strangers and try to encourage them or direct them towards somewhere to get aid. Just like in America often small congregations have cook outs with tons of free food , or the disciples there will be meeting up to do this or that and we can send people there way. Even when I’m headed out on a 4-6 hour road trip to go hiking or camping a few weeks in advance I’ll look of CoCs along the route , find them on FB or IG and mention of any disciples there want to go to do and so and hike I’ll be going through there early Saturday morning and can pick them up and bring them. I’ve had random men and women hit me back up from the church and say actually I would like too and a handful of us head out. There is limited risk because we can instantly see which congregations we attend, see numerous people we know and ect…
So when it comes to prayer I think we must also be involved. Our actions have to line up with our faith. When a entire community is praying for someone whose having a extra difficult time it also allows everyone there to chip in various ways. I won’t have $6k to toss someone to get a used car but me and a few hundred others may have around $20-50 bucks to toss in or maybe someone has an old car with a engine problem that they don’t need and someone else happens to have a few motors that work with it and we can get a car up and running or there could be mechanics that can work on the car and so on. It does not mean that prayer is answered only by us either. I think that God is still involved but that it also means we must be involved as well.
We can also help by bringing attention to problems. I’ve noticed within many of my more conservative circles of friends Putin is almost romanticized. He’s looked at as this “ man’s man “ and a warrior leader and ect…. People constantly highlights how caring he was towards that puppy he was given as a gift and how the Asian dude was holding it by his neck and he picked it up and held it way more lovingly and ect…. And it’s not just conservatives in America. I’ve seen similar content from Japan and all over. He’s often glorified. So for those people I know who has done that I often ask them about other things in life life that was actually kind of bad. That this warrior leader thing being romanticized actually seems a lot like using torture to solve issues. If we can pressure those who romanticize him without cause to be more realistic perhaps their general context will move certain channels away from a glorified image of him.
But no I don’t think God is pro Russia or pro Ukraine. I don’t even think he was pro Germany or pro America in WW2. I know Russians who are Christians and who are in the military. It’s easy when in the military to fall into this “everyone is just ants through my scope or screen” . War , regardless if it’s for the right reasons or wrong reasons, always is tragic and always has innocent death. You can find a handful of tales of soldiers in various wars that shot at or killed someone. Was able to get some kind of ID off of them and down road realized it was simply another struggling person who joined to make money who needed to being in that place and left behind a wife and kid and if they were to have met at a park with their families they could have easily became best friends.