Praying for Creation

We are delighted to be launching our daily prayer for creation project.

If you pray, we invite you to discover more about the project below and join with us in this collective prayer.

Why pray daily for Creation?

As Christians, we think that only God can save his creation and that prayer is our most valuable tool.

The individual small steps and actions that we take are essential and also the larger projects we have in the different A Rocha organisations, but, let’s be realistic, the task is much too large for us to succeed on our own!

As Christians our hope is in a God who makes the impossible possible, a God of miracles, a powerful God. We are therefore convinced that action and prayer go hand in hand: God calls us to take practical action in the world so that he has the ‘raw material’ for making his miracles happen. Even though our actions, our small steps, may seem rather paltry given the urgency of the environmental situation, we know that God can multiply the fruit. After all, from five loaves and two fish Jesus fed 5000 people and there were still left-overs that Jesus asked his disciples to collect so that there was no waste (John’s gospel chapter 6)!

We have the same confidence that in combining our actions with prayer he will do the same thing for his creation!

To pray is also to open ourselves to the work of the Holy Spirit, to guide us in transforming our lives, to renew our strength when we are discouraged, to reveal to us our shortcomings – both personal and collective – and inspire us for the path and the steps to be taken.

It is in this hope that we are launching this daily prayer for Creation project.

We are proposing a weekly pattern of prayer:

To receive the daily prayer for Creation:

A Rocha France website : see below – published weekly or for the whole month

A Rocha France’s Facebook group ‘Prière pour la Création’ (Prayer for Creation) : click here to find the prayer for the day

Sign up to receive the prayer for the day by email: Click here and select the option ‘lettre de prière pour la Création’ (daily prayer for Creation)

For past months’ prayers, please see this page.

Prayer for 01/03/2020

Australia bush fires

Creator God we grieve with our brothers and sisters in Australia at the ecological catastrophe of the widespread bush fires which have consumed over 10 million hectares. We grieve at the millions of animals which have been killed and the destruction of trees which has released so much CO2 into the atmosphere. We cry to you for your mercy and we thank you for recent heavy rain which has put out most of the fires. We pray for A Rocha Australia as they seek to help those who have suffered and to explain the relevance of the Bible to this emergency. May they be bringers of hope and light in this situation.

https://www.arocha.org/en/news/battling-bushfires/

Prayer for 02/03/2020

Sometimes protecting creation can result in regulatory changes. The ban on local authorities using pesticides that came into force on 1 January 2017 upset some mayors.

Lord, I ask you to continue to watch over these elected representatives who are often feel harassed by and drowning in regulations. Help them to see that changes in regulations have brought benefits for the health of the employees caring for green spaces and for the air and soils. Prepare their hearts for any future similar legislation. Give them pride in what they can do at their level to protect your creation.

Prayer for 03/03/2020

With climate change some species of birds and insects have become more vulnerable and some cannot adapt sufficiently fast and could well disappear.

Father God, our creator, you have created everything, but we ask your forgiveness because despite what we now know we don’t pay that much attention to the little creatures and certainly not to those we do not see. Help us to be aware that each small species, even the less ‘attractive’ ones, has value in your eyes, Lord, and has a specific place and role within its complex ecosystem, your creation.

Prayer for 04/03/2020

It is the time for the municipal elections in France

Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper. (Jeremiah 29:7)

Lord, we are about to elect the 36 000 municipal councils in France. They will have the responsibility to elect their mayor and to follow through on the new direction for their mandate. We pray that you will inform these choices. We pray that justice, truth and environmental concerns are made priorities. I pray especially for my local council. Help me to persevere in praying for them.

Prayer for 05/03/2020

Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) from eastern North America are in sharp decline. They undertake a multigenerational migration over 3000 miles to patches of threatened oyamel fir tree forest, distributed on 12 isolated mountain tops in Mexico. The challenges to their conservation were underlined in January when Illegal loggers murdered Homéro González and Raul Hernández, both dedicated to protecting these forests and the butterflies.

Pray for the safety of those engaged in frontline conservation. More than three environmental activists were murdered around the world each week during 2019.

Prayer for 06/03/2020

God our Father,

As we celebrate the beauty and diversity of your creation, we are truly sorry for our consumerism and wastefulness. Have mercy on us for contaminating the Earth with billions of tons of plastic waste. Please give each one of us the desire and the means to put things right; no longer trusting in ourselves but in your grace and wisdom alone.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour,
Amen

(Arthur Champion, Gloucester)

Prayer for 07/03/2020

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thes. 5:18)

As I go about my daily life today, Lord, give me open eyes and a thankful heart.

Prayer for 08/03/2020

India elephants

In the beginning, Lord God, you created people and animals to live together in harmony. But now our population growth and our greed mean that we encroach on or destroy habitats needed by other creatures. We pray for A Rocha India in their labours to protect Bannerghatta National Park, near Bangalore, under immense human pressure from increasing agriculture, urbanization, grazing and illegal logging. We thank you that they have been able to plant more trees and pray for their efforts to educate the population of Bangalore about the diversity of animals, including elephant and tiger, in the park.

https://www.arocha.org/en/news/driving-elephants/

Prayer for 09/03/2020

Lord, I want to pray for the authorities.
Yes, but …

‘if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift’. (Matthew 5:22-23)

And that is true, are all my thoughts about the authorities right and do I bless them? The world is very critical towards policies. Has God cleansed me of all the bad thoughts I harbour in my heart when I think of our leaders? Lord, show us our sins in this regard. Lead us to repentance and purify our hearts I pray.

Prayer for 10/30/2020

In Oceania and in the Indian Ocean (Maldives) 280 million people will, over time, no longer be able to stay living in their homes. Small islands have already been submerged and the moves of villages and towns have already started.

Father, we pray for these peoples, for their rulers who have to take crucial decisions every day, for the families who have to find solutions themselves. And help us, the privileged ones, in our thoughts and prayers as all too often we continue to live as though nothing has changed…

Prayer for 11/03/2020

Preparations are underway for the IUCN world congress to be held in Marseille in June

Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and all who live in them (Isaiah 42:10)

This major congress held once every four years brings together thousands of experts from all over the world to focus fully on nature. France is hosting this event for the first time and parts of it will be open to the general public. Lord, we pray for the whole organising team at the international headquarters and for the 30 staff of the French committee who are working to deliver a successful congress and who will be feeling the mounting pressure.

Prayer for 12/03/2020

The giant river otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) is the longest member of the weasel family, measuring over 5 feet , and can weigh up to 32 kilograms. It is one of the most endangered mammal species in the neotropics, and extinct in Argentina. A breeding pair were reintroduced in Argentina last year by the Conservation Land Trust, an organization dedicated to the rewilding of large tracts of wilderness.

Pray for those that engage in the challenging work of reintroducing key species into degraded ecosystems.

Prayer for 13/03/2020

Lord, we are bombarded every day in the news by reports of disasters, often linked to climate change, and we reach a point where we become numbed and start to ignore them, or accept them as just ‘part of life’. Lord, forgive us and keep us sensitised so that we ourselves take action wherever we can.

Prayer for 14/03/2020

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. (Psalm 107:1)

Lord, so many changes and problems in the world around me – it can be overwhelming. Thank you that I can rely totally on you at all times. May the assurance of your steadfast love embolden me to act for your creation.

Prayer for 15/03/2020

Teaching people to garden ‘wild’ as AR Czech Republic

“Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground – trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food… The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” (Genesis 2:8-9, 15)

We thank you, Lord, for gardens, for the pleasure they give us, for the flowers, trees and fruits we can grow. But we confess that our gardens are often too neat and tidy and not always a good place for wild things. We thank you for A Rocha movements, such as A Rocha Czech Republic, who are working to show that gardens can also be a haven for wildlife. We pray that as they use their centre’s garden as an outdoor classroom, many will be inspired to make their own gardens more nature-friendly. Whether our garden is large or tiny, help us to find ways in which we can encourage diversity.

https://www.arocha.org/en/news/gardening-on-the-wild-side/

Prayer for 16/03/2020

Lord, thank you for the Carbone 4 publication: Doing your fair share for the climate? The power and responsibility of individuals, businesses and the state in the fight against climate change . Please place this report in the right hands so that we can fight shoulder to shoulder as individuals and families alongside businesses and decision-makers in safeguarding your creation.

Thank you, Father.

Prayer for 17/03/2020

Lord God, our creator, we thank you for the cold areas of our planet, the Arctic and the Antarctic. In their beauty they are crucial in maintaining the equilibrium of the planet. Whilst the disappearance of glaciers and the pack ice whets the appetite of the oil companies to do new test drilling, with all the potential environmental risks, we commit to your protection these very fragile environments.

Prayer for 18/03/2020

The French Office for Biodiversity has been in existence since 1 January 2020

A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest…. But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. (Luke 22: 24;26)

The result of a merger of the French Biodiversity Agency and the National Hunting and Wildlife Agency, this body has a broad range of tasks to help improve biodiversity. Such regrouping of public bodies needs egos to be less important and for the right people to be put in the right positions. Lord, we pray for your hand over this so that the teams can work calmly and effectively and can improve the care given to your creation.

Prayer for 19/03/2020

The giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) is one of the most striking and peculiar mammals of South America. From the tip of its long snout to the end of its big and bushy tail, it can reach a length of 2 meters and can weigh up to 40 kilograms. Rapid and massive deforestation of the dry tropical forests of the Chaco region in Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay for cattle ranching is destroying the anteater’s habitat.

Pray for the leaders of indigenous communities that live in the forests of the Chaco, as they seek to protect their ancestral lands from destruction.

Prayer for 20/03/2020

Lord, I see and hear advertisements everywhere, all of the time. And sometimes it is easy to be tempted by them and to buy things ‘just because …’. Lord help me to think before I open my wallet and to be content with what I have.

Prayer for 21/03/2020

Lord, we thank you for the rhythm of the seasons, for your provision for us through those seasons, for times of rest and reflection, times of planting, times of harvest. Give us grateful hearts every day.

Prayer for 22/03/2020

Singapore creation care book

Father God, we thank you for all those who challenged and encouraged us to play a part in preserving your creation. We pray for the impact of a new book from A Rocha Singapore, God’s Gardeners: Creation Care Stories From Singapore and Malaysia. May the stories it tells encourage others to see caring for creation as part of our worship of you. May we in turn share our stories with others to encourage them in this expression of our faith.

Prayer for 23/03/2020

Lord, at a time when the internet helps us to access all sorts of content it is sometimes difficult to distinguish information from fake news. With the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (www.ipcc.ch) providing a clear and consensual voice we want to thank you for this beacon that allows us to navigate through the fog. Lord, continue to bless their work providing expert scientific, technical and socio-economic information on the risks of climate change caused by humans.

Prayer for 24/03/2020

The northern peoples of the American and Asian continents have already been greatly impacted by climate change. They can no longer live from hunting and fishing and their whole way of life is called into question. Lord, we commit them to you, and the governments that have a tendency just to tell them to go and live somewhere else, without taking into account the trauma that this causes.

Prayer for 25/03/2020

Picardie Nature and A Rocha both watch over the swallows.

Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young – a place near your altar, Lord Almighty, my King and my God. (Psalm 84:3)

A Rocha rings thousands of swallows when they are concentrated in the marshes of the Vallée des Baux prior to crossing the Mediterranean. In the process it helps to assess the fall in populations. However, at the same time many organisations like Picardie Nature are working to restore nesting sites, including placing artificial nests in places where people have destroyed them. Lord, look upon these activities which may seem small in the face of the problem and may the population of this species recover well.

Prayer for 26/03/2020

Huemul deer (Hippocamelus bisulcus) are native to the mountains along the border between Argentina and Chile. While previously found over much of southwestern South America, hunting and the fragmentation of this Patagonian habitat have reduced population down to around 2000 individuals.

Pray for efforts, such as the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme, that aim to protect species that migrate across international borders.

Prayer for 27/03/2020

Lord God, forgive us when we do not speak out when we see your creation being exploited, sometimes because of our fears. Lord give us the courage, tact and wisdom to speak into the situation and so to help to change it.

Prayer for 28/03/2020

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good (Genesis 1:31)

Thank you, Lord, for the goodness of your creation. As I move around today, give me appreciative eyes and ears for all that you have made.

Prayer for 29/03/2020

AR France training ambassadors

Creator God, we praise you that A Rocha France wants to establish training for A Rocha ambassadors this coming summer. Ambassadors who will be able to raise awareness and a sense of responsibility in Christian churches in the face of environmental challenges.
We pray for the pilot training, due to take place at Courmettes in April. May the right people be found who have a heart to glorify you through sharing their expertise and passion for you and for your creation. May this initiative in turn strengthen your church in France to worship you in looking after your creation.

Prayer for 30/03/2020

COP26 will happen in November (9 – 19) this year. Lord, as this significant conference is prepared, we pray for all those involved; for policy-makers, for governments; for lobby groups. We pray for your wisdom for all of them and a willingness to move forward positively. May your will be done.

Prayer for 31/03/2020

In France over the next thirty years extreme heat waves will become much more frequent throughout Occitania. The increasing number of hot days will affect in particular the areas around the Mediterranean and the Garonne plain, the parts of the region with the largest populations.

Father, we pray for the elderly, the young children and the poor who are the most vulnerable in the face of repeated heatwaves, Give wisdom to the government, to the mayors and all those with responsibilities in this region.

For past months’ prayers, please see this page.

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