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 01/02/2020

Lord, thank you that climate change is now generally acknowledged and discussed. Some years ago, only the specialists who first raised the alarm were concerned with it. Now the voices of groups of people from a wide range of backgrounds and views are heard. We praise you O God!

Prayer for 02/02/2020

In 2020 A Rocha will have had a presence in France for 20 years – Lord, God how great is your faithfulness! We thank you for how you have enabled A Rocha to witness to your great love for your creation over all that time. And we want to continue to thank you for the vision of Peter and Miranda Harris who started this work near Arles, in the Vallée des Baux. We still mourn the death of Miranda deeply and we continue to pray for Peter, for consolation and healing for him. We commit to you the important decisions that have to be made early on this year around our long-term presence and our activities in the Vallée des Baux.

Prayer for 03/02/2020

Lord, we earnestly pray that you will open the eyes and ears of those who hold political authority that they make take the decisions needed in these deeply troubling times.

Prayer for 04/02/2020

Lord,

We bring before you the consequences of climate change and in particular the vast fires that are ravaging Australia. We are helpless in the face of this catastrophe and we lay this situation in your hands.

Amen

Prayer for 05/02/2020

In the far north of Cameroon where deforestation has had devastating effects, 25 women from 5 villages are being trained to build improved stoves by a partner association of SEL (Service d’Entraide de Liaison): these stoves are made with the earth from termite mounds, dried dung, dried grasses and stones. A stove has two cooking areas so that couscous and sauce can be cooked simultaneously. This type of stove uses less firewood.

Our God and Father, we pray that these women trained by the SEL partners will in their turn be able each to train 100 women in their village and thus to help to protect your creation.

Amen

Prayer for 06/02/2020

The Red List of Threatened Species

If you come across a bird’s nest beside the road, either in a tree or on the ground, and the mother is sitting on the young or on the eggs, do not take the mother with the young. You may take the young, but be sure to let the mother go, so that it may go well with you and you may have a long life. (Deuteronomy 22:6-7)

Lord, the Red List of Threatened Species is drawn up by the IUCN and draws decision-makers’ attention to the priorities and encourages all stakeholders to take action to limit the rate of disappearance of species. Give real clarity to the many experts, especially in France, whose work enables this list to be drawn up and also to those who can act on the basis of this list.

Prayer for 07/02/2020

Lord, we who regularly pray ‘give us this day our daily bread’ teach us to buy just what we need and not to waste or throw away food. Teach us to be satisfied with the simple and delicious food that you offer us and to turn away from processed industrial food as much as possible.

Prayer for 08/02/2020

‘I always loved nature and I learned as much as I could so as to respect it. 15 years ago, I acknowledged Christ as my Saviour and Lord. As this new life began, I found it difficult to have two passions which seemed hard to reconcile: God and nature. Through A Rocha God has restored me and made me whole. I know today that he rejoices to see me using my gifts and talents in caring for his creation’ (extract from a volunteer’s testimony).

Lord, thank you for your work of reconciliation.

Prayer for 09/02/2020

Lord God, Creator, we bring before you A Rocha Switzerland. At the start of this year we pray for the new director, Ursula Peutot, and all her team. We bring before you all their work on dry meadows and pastures, so species-rich but also so threatened. Help them in their work of mobilising local groups to help farmers who often do not have the time for this work. In France we thank you for the longstanding collaboration with A Rocha Switzerland and in particular in recent years in the organisation of camps at Courmettes.

Prayer for 10/02/2020

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:26)

Lord, I ask you to transform the hearts of those holding political power into hearts of flesh so that the beauty of your creation can be preserved.

Prayer for 11/02/2020

Lord,

Help us to accept these major changes that are happening and that we are already starting to experience. Help us to understand that we are powerless, so as to let you act.

Amen

Prayer for 12/02/2020

Thank you, Lord, for the many different opportunities children have to wonder at your creation. Thank you for the clubs where children can learn how to grow food. Thank you for the garden projects of A Rocha Peru and A Rocha Uganda, but also for gardening clubs for children in this country. Lord, show me if this is an area where I could be involved and in so doing help young people to recognise your work in creation.

Amen

Prayer for 13/02/2020

Mehely’s horseshoe bat facing extinction

And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left – and also many animals? (Jonah 4:11)

Mehely’s horseshoe bat lives in caves or caverns near water. It is now an ‘endangered’ species in the middle east (Nineveh, near Mosul in Iraq) and now ‘critically endangered’ in France. Lord, these bats are fascinating and demonstrate your creative genius. They are a victim of drought and the disappearance of their natural habitat. We pray that there may be restoration of their habitat. Enable people to take practical action to safeguard these parts of your creation.

Prayer for 14/02/2020

Help us to be aware of all the false arguments we use to justify our irresponsible attitudes and forgive us for them. Do not let us imitate those who despair and say ‘eat and drink for tomorrow we die’ when we have the assurance that you are the alpha and the omega and that you have the final say.

Prayer for 15/02/2020

Father, thank you for your church that lives and evolves. There are today several communities that give us a sense of belonging and that nourish us. The local church enables us to be part of your body with people who are geographically near to us. A Rocha also enables us to gather together as the body of Christ. Thank you for feeding us as part of these two flocks.

Prayer for 16/02/2020

God our Father, we pray for all A Rocha France team members, staff and volunteers. Give Jean-François Mouhot, the Director, all the wisdom he needs in leading this growing community. We especially bring before you this month of February in which many decisions are being taken on the organisation of Spring and Summer activities at Courmettes. Help all those involved to discern your priorities in what is planned.

Prayer for 17/02/2020

Lord, may we be your watchmen for the beauty of your creation so as to give the best possible advice to those in authority around us locally.

Prayer for 18/02/2020

Almighty Father,

We put all our confidence in you. Confidence that you will transform our hearts to care for all life on this beautiful planet that you have entrusted to us. Confidence that egos will give way to altruism and solidarity with those who suffer the most because of climate change. Confidence that you will bless those who act in justice and love of your name.

Amen

Prayer for 19/02/2020

Lord,

Environmental problems don’t often stop at frontiers. We pray for local environmental groups in our frontier districts. Help them to build bridges and reach out to groups on the other side of the frontier so that they can work together to care for your creation.

Amen

Prayer for 20/02/2020

Productivity

But in the seventh year the land is to have a year of sabbath rest, a sabbath to the Lord. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards. Do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the grapes of your untended vines. The land is to have a year of rest. (Leviticus 25:4-5)

The main threats to the flora come from modification of natural habitats, growing urbanisation and artificialisation of soils and also intensification or abandonment of certain agricultural practices (IUCN). Lord, this is the result of our greed: the land is exhausted … we ask forgiveness for our complicity with modern productivity. Give us the wisdom to make wise choices for our food needs.

Prayer for 21/02/2020

As it is you who provides our food, remind us that you also provide our clothing and that you do not want us clothed whilst exploiting people who are badly paid or worse still, children. Remind us that caring for your creation is also respecting the animals that serve in the manufacture of our clothing, shoes etc. Forgive the cruelty of people who do not hesitate to pluck live ducks to make our cosy duvets!

Prayer for 22/02/2020

When one studies ecological questions as a Christian it opens up a whole new path. By investigating external ecology, Your Spirit enables us also to achieve a better internal ecology. When we care for Your creation you reveal new aspects to us leading to greater respect for ourselves and for all our brothers and sisters. Thank you that you join us in our walk towards a deeper and more vigorous relationship with You. You bless all aspects of our individual lives and relationships.

Prayer for 23/02/2020

Lord God, we are so grateful to you for the 21 countries where A Rocha is at work. Today we bring before you the five African countries with a national A Rocha movement: Kenya (the second A Rocha to start after Portugal), Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa. Lord, it is difficult for us in Europe to know and understand all the challenges of their work. But we know that we are united by the Holy Spirit in the same struggle. Lord, help them, help us to trust you fully together.

Prayer for 24/02/2020

‘The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools.
Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.’ (Ecclesiastes 9:17)

Prayer for 25/02/2020

Lord,

Today we are facing the consequences of our injustices. Injustices linked to our way of life often based on exploitation of your creation. Teach us to live according to your justice, in harmony with others and with nature.

Amen

Prayer for 26/02/2020

Lord,

Thank you for the community gardens in so many places in our country; for the people they draw together; for the joy of growing and harvesting crops; for the benefits people gain from working in your creation.

Amen

What about … finding a community garden near you where you could participate and share in working in God’s creation.

Prayer for 27/02/2020

Crayfish

Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live. (Ezekiel 47:9)

Lord when we read this vision we dream, dream about it happening in France. We are saddened by the virtual disappearance of Stone Crayfish. There are only five sites on the map where they are shown to be present. We bring these amazing creatures before you. May people know how to take steps to conserve them and encourage growth of the populations.

Prayer for 28/02/2020

Forgive us for seeking our comfort (like taking the plane rather than the train) without thinking about the pollution of this beautiful planet. Help us to be satisfied with the local products that nature gives each season and to refuse imported products or products that use a lot of energy to grow, like tomatoes cultivated in heated greenhouses in winter!

Prayer for 29/02/2020

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Psalm 23

Alleluia!

For past months’ prayers, please see this page.

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