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.

January 2020

Prayer for 01/01/2020

Lord God, we thank you for the Namulonge eco/school in Uganda where the pupils have created an orchard, nursery beds and a medicinal garden. We pray for their influence on all the teachers who visit them as part of the workshops organised by A Rocha Uganda. The pupils call what they are doing ‘farming God’s way’.

Prayer for 02/01/2020

Lord, we are grateful that in many places we are able to drink water from the tap and it is safe and wholesome. But advertising sometimes implies that water from mountain sources delivered in bottles is better. Yet to produce such water can cause habitat conflict, with stream flow being reduced and habitats put at risk because of water abstraction. Help us to be grateful for good water and to be conscious of the risks that our purchasing choices can have for your creation.

Amen

Prayer for 03/01/2020

Obesity, a plague of modern times

‘Please test your servants for ten days: give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.’ (Daniel 1:12-13)

Lord, we abuse the benefits of the food that you give us every day. Too much sugar, salt, fat, meat, substances that are harmful to our bodies and to our spirit … We are aware of this and are often ashamed and yet we persist in our little indulgences. Forgive us. Free us from our addictions and help us to nourish ourselves correctly.

Prayer for 04/01/2020

Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad!

Let the seas resound and everything in them, let the fields and the forests sing praise to our God, and living creature within them.

We take our place in the endless variety of creation as it praises its maker. Amen.

(Psalm 96)

Prayer for 05/01/2020

Creator God, your world is both abundant and finite.

Help us to revel in your generous creation and also to know how precious it is.

May we not take for granted the resources of this earth but treasure them and steward them with care. Amen.

Prayer for 06/01/2020

Almighty Father,

At the start of this year we bring before you all those who have authority. Walk with them in this responsibility and transform their hearts so that they can exercise their authority in accordance with your justice and with love for all of your creation.

Amen

Prayer for 07/01/2020

The earth is feverish and suffering with a temperature.

Lord, what responsibility so I bear in climate change? Political bodies bear some responsibility, as do major industrial groups and the search for unbridled growth etc. But what about me? What decisions have I taken with negative consequences for our planet? What can I change from now on to show greater respect for the earth?

Father, show me, one by one the choices, whether conscious or unconscious, that have harmed the climate. Help me day by day to understand my responsibility and gradually to change. It is not a question of guilt, but a desire to be open to repentance as you yourself reveal things to me.

Prayer for 08/01/2020

Lord God, we thank you for the many nature protection associations. We pray for ASPAS (Association for the protection of wild animals) which purchases large unspoilt land areas to conserve them for the flora and fauna. We ask you to give them, and indeed all of us, wisdom in managing relations between humans and animals on this earth.

Prayer for 09/01/2020

Creator God, we love the beauty of our native trees but aware that many of them are at risk from all sides (IUCN Red List of European Trees). There are alarm bells for the Horse Chestnut, threatened by the activities of the leaf miner moth and the damage it causes. Give wisdom to those seeking to conserve our native trees and to make wise planting and management decisions.

Amen

Prayer for 10/01/2020

Addicted to CO2

Half of the wood he burns in the fire; over it he prepares his meal, he roasts his meat and eats his fill. He also warms himself and says, ‘Ah! I am warm; I see the fire.’ From the rest he makes a god, his idol; he bows down to it and worships. He prays to it and says, ‘Save me! You are my god!’ (Isaiah 44:16-17)

Lord, you have created the earth in such a way that we can use its resources for our well-being. But we abuse it. And we think that that is normal and that our economy will collapse without overconsumption and we worship at the altar of ever more material goods. Forgive us! Open our consciences and give us the wisdom and courage to rein in our lifestyles. Lord, repair that which we have completely destroyed.

Prayer for 11/01/2020

Thank you, Loving God, that in the cross you are reconciling all things to yourself and that you promise that you are making all things new.

Thank you that there is hope in the midst of environmental despair.

Thank you that you do not call us to grieve alone or work alone for this creation in crisis, but to join you in loving it. Amen.

Prayer for 12/01/2020

Flowers have ears …

A recent scientific study has shown that the flowers of Oenothera drummondii, evening primrose, are able, through their petals, to detect the vibrations produced by the wingbeats of their pollinators. These flowers then rapidly increase the sugar concentration in their nectar to attract these insects and encourage them to return …

Lord, how amazing is the subtlety and complexity of your creation in every detail.

May these scientific discoveries make us increasingly full of wonder and also grow our desire to protect these species fully.

Amen

Prayer for 13/01/2020

Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me’ (Matthew 28:18)

Lord Jesus,

This morning we proclaim that you have authority over all your creation. May the nations acknowledge your authority and submit to it so that your kingdom can come among us now.

Amen

Prayer for 14/01/2020

Father, thank you for Laudato Si (Pope Francis’ encyclical on care of our common home). This text inspired by your Spirit makes a clear statement, criticises where it is needed and draws the church together to understand and act as a community. Lord may it continue to bear the fruit which has developed to help us to position ourselves in the fight against climate change.

Prayer for 15/01/2020

For the past 20 years A Rocha has been present in the Vallée des Baux near the Alpilles, conserving this wetland area and its endangered species like the European roller and the ocellated lizard.

Lord God, we pray for the team responsible for this work and for all the placement students and volunteers with whom the team works. Give A Rocha wisdom in the choices to be made to continue the project in the long term and to protect this valley.

Prayer for 16/01/2020

Creator God, we enjoy watching seals playing in the sea and watching as some populations grow. But that is not the case for the Mediterranean monk seal, which is in decline and facing threats from many sides. Give wisdom to those seeking how best to protect it and raising awareness of its conservation needs.

Amen

Prayer for 17/01/2020

Biodiversity at risk

We have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws. We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our ancestors, and to all the people of the land. (Daniel 9:5-6)

In 1965 Jean Dorst, Director of the Museum of Paris published the book ‘Before Nature Dies’. Lord, we cannot say that we did not know. You sent new prophets among the scientists who we have not listened to and who we are still not listening to. And today these same scientists are making depressing findings about the loss of biodiversity. It is so serious that we feel powerless. Lord, forgive us and come to the aid of your creation. Only you give hope.

Prayer for 18/01/2020

We look at creation and can see a God that loves variety.

Thank you for your endless creativity and the senses you give us to enjoy it.

Help us to worship you in spirit and in truth, in our own ways as part of your beautiful and varied creation. Amen.

Prayer for 19/01/2020

Lord, we thank you for A Rocha’s Gifts With A Difference project (https://shop.arocha.org/) that enables us to raise awareness among our friends and families and bring hope to your world. We pray for the growth of this side of A Rocha’s work through the year ahead and for inspiration for the A Rocha team as they develop it further.

Amen

Prayer for 20/01/2020

‘The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted’. (Matthew 23:11+12)

Lord,

Through your Spirit anchor these words deep in the heart of everyone who has authority. You have given these people this calling. May they exercise it in a spirit of service for the whole of your creation.

Amen

Prayer for 21/01/2020

Father, thank you for the changing path which you walk with us as we face climate change. I praise you for the eco-friendly steps, the green laws and the ethical charters which have developed. While continuing these necessary efforts, help us to dig down to respond to the challenges raised by the destruction of the planet. Michel Maxime Egger’s book (La terre comme soi-même : repères pour une écospiritualité) invites us to transform our inner approach to life in a way that seems very relevant. Thank you, Lord, for this text, and for all that you do to increase our unity with others, among ourselves and with you through this topic of climate change.

Prayer for 22/01/2020

Lord God, thank you for the growing conviction that together we can make a difference in protecting nature. We bring before you all the participatory science projects in which our fellow citizens can be involved. May all the observations they make both enable them to marvel at your creation and also increase our knowledge so that we can protect creation more effectively.

Prayer for 23/01/2020

We tend to think of hamsters just as nice pets for children, but they are more than that. The European Hamster in Alsace is very much an endangered species with a population in rapid decline. Give thanks for those farmers who are prepared to alter their farming practices to protect habitats and for the researchers working alongside them. Pray for their wisdom and skill as they balance conservation needs as well as good economic outcomes for the farmers.

Prayer for 24/01/2020

Quiet covetousness

You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. (James 4:2-3)

Lord, our society encourages us to covet and often we keep on doing so, because we find it gives us pleasure. We are thus complicit in this approach to life which actually only produces deception. Forgive us. Open the eyes of our hearts so that we know how to resist and be content with what you give us.

Prayer for 25/01/2020

Creator God, you describe all you have made as good, good, and very good.
Thank you that we come close to you as we enjoy the beauty of the earth.
May our enjoyment turn to love, and our love turn to care.

Amen.

Prayer for 26/01/2020

Lord, we thank you for the funds raised for A Rocha to develop and extend environmental education and help many more to care more effectively for your creation. Give creativity and wisdom to all those involved in so many different A Rocha projects of this sort. We pray for the impact on many different age groups and communities.

Amen

Prayer for 27/01/2020

Lord,

This morning we bring before you the European Union. With the emergence of a Green Deal but at a time when the budget is the main source of discord, we pray for each of the leaders so that they are just in their demands and that climate justice is made a priority.

Prayer for 28/01/2020

The theme of the 2019-2020 synod of the United Protestant Church of France: ‘The challenge for the United Protestant Church of France is also to make our church greener and its next synod includes this ecology theme. This topic has a spiritual and theological dimension because the environmental problem is not new to the Christian faith – the place of humans in creation is a subject that occurs throughout scripture’. The 480 local church communities in 9 regions have discussed this question. The conclusions will be shared and a common line will be decided at national synod in the days ahead. Lord, we ask you to be at the centre of this process.

Prayer for 29/01/2020

Lord God, we thank you for the Scout movement which was, in some ways, the first ecological youth movement. Strengthen their links with the churches, inspire their leaders and help them in their responsibilities for the young people entrusted to them.

Prayer for 30/01/2020

Lord, as buildings are renovated and insulated and efforts are made to improve human ‘habitats’ we are conscious that ‘habitats’ for bat species often become less favourable and populations are in decline. Give skill and wisdom to those seeking to protect space for bat roosts when conflicts of interest arise.

Amen

Prayer for 31/01/2020

He is the Creator

Psalm of David. The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters. (Psalm 24:1-2)

Lord, we act as if we were gods and abuse your creation. We forget that it is you who created this world and entrusted it to us. Forgive us. Put us in our rightful place and create in us the desire to change. And help us, because we cannot do it on our own.

For past months’ prayers, please see this page.

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