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.

Prayers for September 2019

Prayer for 01/09/2019

Creator God,

As once again we move through the season of bird migration, we marvel at this process that You have instigated and we praise you for this provision for your creatures. We pray for the A Rocha teams monitoring bird movements and helping others to understand the wonders of migration as part of your creation.

Amen

Prayer for 02/09/2019

Lord God,

We bring before you those serving as our local councillors and mayors. Lord, they need your wisdom in the decisions they take about safeguarding your world in which we live. Give them that wisdom and grant them receptive minds and hearts to your promptings.

Amen

Prayer for 03/09/2019

Lord,

As we watch increasingly destructive forest fires burn around the Arctic circle we know that many of them occur naturally – but we are also conscious of rising temperatures playing their part in exacerbating the situation. We bring before you the people and eco-systems affected. Make us continually mindful of our own contribution to the situation.

Amen

Prayer for 04/09/2019

SEL supports agricultural development projects seeking to combat poverty whilst respecting creation: http://blog.selfrance.org/quand-leurs-terres-sont-pauvres-quelle-esperance

Our Father,

In some countries in Africa soil degradation, deforestation, lack of water or floods cause major problems. We pray for the populations concerned, asking that you come to their aid and we give you thanks for the work of local Christian organisations partnering with SEL with projects to encourage agricultural practices that are responsible and respect your creation.

Amen

Prayer for 05/09/2019

Lord,

We bring before you the challenges facing the eco-systems of the dry forests of the Gran Chaco region, with deforestation for industrial agriculture a major threat. Lord, we grieve as habitats and wildlife are destroyed and people groups displaced, we pray for those seeking to hold state and commercial actors to account. Give them your wisdom and courage in all their actions.

Amen

Prayer for 06/09/2019

‘Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say’ – Isaiah 28:23

Lord,

So often we do not take heed to what you are saying and showing us about our conduct in your world. Give us open ears and willing hearts to act on what you show us.

Amen

Prayer for 07/09/2019

‘The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us.’ – Psalm 67:6

Heavenly Father,

As we move through the season of harvest we give you thanks for the enormous bounty you provide for us through what you have created – more than we could possibly need. We thank you for those who gather in that harvest and seek to work responsibly. We ask your blessing on them.

Amen

Prayer for 08/09/2019

Lord,

We bring before you the work of A Rocha Lebanon in the Bekaa Valley at Qab Elias and Mekse. Thank you for the projects seeking restoration of your creation in the midst of conflict and the benefits for the many refugees in the area. Give strength and courage to all those involved and bless them.

Amen

Prayer for 09/09/2019

Lord,

We acknowledge that it is not always easy to know how to safeguard your creation and at the same time people’s jobs and livelihoods. We pray for the fisheries authorities taking decisions relating to stocks of cod, once again in decline in the North Sea. Give them your wisdom as they deliberate.

Amen

Prayer for 10/09/2019

Lord God,

As climate change starts to impact us all, it is tempting to blame other people’s actions for what is happening. Give us the humility to take responsibility for own actions and change our way of life accordingly.

Amen

Prayer for 11/09/2019

Lord,

Society encourages us to think that it is acceptable to throw things away when they break, and not make the effort to repair them. Thank you for the initiative of the Repair Cafés in helping people to take a different approach and thus to make better use of the earth’s resources.

Amen

Why not…? Find out if there is a Repair Café near you and visit it: https://repaircafe.org/en/

Prayer for 12/09/2019

Creator God,

We bring before you the kelp forests along temperate coastlines and wonder at the rich ecosystem they represent. But we are also conscious of the threats they face, from warming oceans and human activity. Lord, protect them and guide all those seeking to safeguard these habitats now and in the future.

Amen

Prayer for 13/09/2019

‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ – Mark 12:31

Father God,

Forgive us when, in our selfishness, we ignore the effects of our treatment of your world on our neighbours – locally and globally – through the pollution we create, the resources we consume and in so many other ways. Make us mindful of our actions and open to your leading.

Amen

Prayer for 14/09/2019

Lord

‘You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly.

The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it.

You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops.

You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.

The grasslands of the wilderness overflow; the hills are clothed with gladness.

The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with grain; they shout for joy and sing.’ (Psalm 65:9-13)

Amen

Prayer for 15/09/2019

Creator God,

We thank you for the wonder, enjoyment and enthusiasm of children as they discover the intricacies of your creation. We give thanks for the many A Rocha teams this summer who have run camps for children to introduce them to different aspects of your world. We pray for the teams as they start planning for next year and ask for your joy in their work.

Amen

Prayer for 16/09/2019

Lord,

We commit to you the members of our national government as they take decisions. Lord as they carry out their responsibilities, we ask that you make them mindful of the impact of their decisions on your creation and keep us mindful of our need to pray for them.

Amen

Prayer for 17/09/2019

Lord God,

As we see the impacts of climate change all around us, we pray that our governments may be bold and courageous enough to take actions that are effective and not just take measures that are ‘window dressing’.

Amen

For past months’ prayers, please see this page.

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