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 October 2019

Prayer for 01/10/2019

Lord of the wind and waves, we marvel at your power in the storm. Yet we increasingly see the destructive power of great hurricanes as the world warms. As your Spirit moved over chaos in creation, may the same Spirit hover over governments, both local and national, of nations which lie in hurricane paths: may they plan and allocate resources wisely to help those at risk. May other nations be moved to come to their aid.

Amen

Prayer for 02/10/2019

Lord God,

Thank you for birds, ever-present in our lives even though there are declining numbers. Thank you that it is often birds that prompt people to become aware of your creation and the need to protect it. We pray for the work of society for the protection of birds (https://www.lpo.fr/ ; https://www.rspb.org.uk/) and for all the Christians who are members. Help them to witness to you and your beauty and intricacy that are reflected in birds.

Amen

Prayer for 03/10/2019

Lord Jesus,

By whom and for whom all things were created, we bring before you this morning an endangered species in Europe and in France, the Eurasian lynx. We pray for your redemptive work in creation for this animal too. Thank you for all the people and associations dedicated to preserving biodiversity and indeed each of your creatures.

Amen

Prayer for 04/10/2019

Lord,

Forgive us all the empty calories that we consume; too many sweets and ready meals that harm our bodies. Help us to choose calories which are rich in the vital nutrients for the proper functioning of our bodies. Help us to get better at respecting our bodies created lovingly by you and to take pleasure in food that is healthy.

Amen

Prayer for 05/10/2019

‘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

All praise to you Lord that you had the patience to transform our hearts of stone into hearts of flesh so that we can contemplate the beauty of your creation and care for it.

Amen

Prayer for 06/10/2019

Lord,

This Sunday we commit to you the work of A Rocha in the 20 countries where the organisation now has a presence. We pray for wisdom and discernment for the boards of trustees and management committees. Lord, through your grace and mighty power give strength and courage to all those working daily in the field.

Amen

Prayer for 07/10/2019

Today is designated World Habitat Day by the UN, focusing on the sustainable development of our towns and cities.

As you pray today:

Prayer for 08/10/2019

Lord Jesus Christ,

You are the living water, but many people do not even have enough water for their crops, their animals, for washing or for drinking. We think particularly today of the countries where rains have failed and heatwaves have made matters worse. We cry to you for the poor who suffer most of all because they have to rely on government water tankers. We pray that you will not only send rain but also people who can work for the good of all to help manage the situation. And may we who live in places where there is much water, learn to value it as a precious, God-given resource.

Amen

Prayer for 09/10/2019

In Romans-sur-Isère, an independent group is preparing an election list which is focussed on ecology.

Lord God,

We pray for them and for all those working in our towns and villages for respect for your creation. May they not only make good progress in protecting your creation but may they also start pondering the real source of our vital green spaces.

Amen

Prayer for 10/10/2019

Heavenly Father,

Who reigns on earth and in the heavens and to whom all things belong, forgive us our proprietorial attitude which makes us think we can use resources as we choose. We remember before you the endangered argali in Asia, at risk because it is hunted for meat and because its grazing lands are being given over to domestic sheep.

Amen

Prayer for 11/10/2019

Lord,

Forgive us for all the times when we do not see the display that you put on for us. Your creation is full of beauty. In the Bible we read that you saw that it was very good. Help us to take the time to stop and watch the butterfly, to look in detail at the little flower growing on the edge of the pavement or to close our eyes to listen to the song of a bird. Father, thank you for letting us savour the splendour of your creation.

Amen

Prayer for 12/10/2019

‘Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Esteem her, and she will exalt you: embrace her, and she will honour you.’ Proverbs 4:7-8

Lord, I praise you that you teach us each day to love you better and become springs of living water in this world that is thirsty for you.

Amen

Prayer for 13/10/2019

‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (…) And God saw that it was good.’ Genesis 1:1 and 25b

Take a moment today to stop and look at the natural world that God has created all around you.

Be touched by nature’s colours, caressed by its breeze and soothed by its song.

Experience its beauty from the very tiny to the immensely large. May your very looking be an act of praise to Creator God.

Prayer for 14/10/2019

Today has been designated international E-waste day

Lord,

Each of us relies on many electronic and electrical items as we live our lives – give us wisdom in our purchases. We pray for those who design products, for wise use of scarce resources and responsible manufacturing. We pray for those with responsibility for proper recycling and reuse of products at the end of their useful life – guide them to real and lasting solutions in this area.

Amen

Prayer for 15/10/2019

Father God,

We thank you for the balance that keeps the earth warm in the coldness of space. Yet we confess that we have disrupted this balance so that we see increasing heat on natural and human communities which have not been used to it. We mourn for the devastating impact of heat on crops and wildlife. We lift to you those whose responsibility it is to plan for and mitigate such changes. May we also be aware of our neighbours who might suffer in extreme heat.

Amen

Prayer for 16/10/2019

A Rocha International is developing its work on plastics in the oceans and has just opened a study centre in Florida on the east coast of the United States and the Indian River Lagoon.

Lord God,

We pray for A Rocha United States and for this project in particular. Help them in their research and in raising awareness among their fellow citizens about the issues with plastic, so damaging to your creation.

Amen

Prayer for 17/10/2019

Creator God,

Who acts perfectly, forgive us for our excessive consumption that endangers many species. As we pray today we think of salmon, fished to excess and also the salmon farms that have been developed and that do not respect your creation. May your Spirit renew our thinking!

Amen

Prayer for 18/10/2019

Lord,

Forgive us for all the times when we drive around alone in our cars. We recognise that it causes pollution that is not always justified. Awaken our consciences to the other choices we can make in how to travel while causing less damage to this earth that we share. Thank you for an initiative like GoMesse.

Amen

Prayer for 19/10/2019

‘Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.’ Psalm 150:6

I praise you, Lord; unite our praises with the songs of nature in a melody that is infinite, restorative and revitalising.

Amen

Prayer for 20/10/2019

‘Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.’ Genesis 1:29

In his great care for us God has created what is needful for our food.

Today in particular, and perhaps tomorrow too, think of each of your meals as a ‘hallelujah’. With each mouthful you take be conscious of the care that God takes of you.

And as you eat, think of how you can care for all that God has made available to you.

Prayer for 21/10/2019

What is public transport like in your local area?

Lord,

It is not easy to manage public transport, either locally or nationally. As I think about my local area, I pray, Lord, for those people responsible for organising and managing the systems – however good or bad I think they are. Give them wisdom and skill in their work and show me ways in which I could encourage them to improve what is available.

Amen

Prayer for 22/10/2019

Forgive us, Lord, for thinking that we humans are supreme masters of our world. Forgive us for thinking we can cut trees, straighten water courses and build on floodplains without any consequences. As we see heavier or more intense rainstorms as a consequence of climate change, may we seek to create more responsible patterns for lessening the effects of flooding. As you rescued Noah and his family through the flood, may you continue to rescue many people today from angry waters.

Amen

Prayer for 23/10/2019

Lord God,

We pray for the work of A Rocha Kenya in Marafa, the Dakatcha forest reserve, on the east coast. Thank you for their long years of faithful presence in that place and the commitment to the local population that goes hand in hand with the protection of the forest. Thank you for the encouragement you gave them recently with the first ever photograph taken there of a tiny mammal that is at risk of extinction. Lord, may this make a great contribution to the effectiveness and influence of their work.

Amen

Prayer for 24/10/2019

Lord our God,

You who have made the earth so beautiful, we bring before you coral, threatened by climate change and the pollution that we cause; coral that shelters over 25% of marine life. You alone are our hope. Give us understanding and change our mindset!

Amen

Prayer for 25/10/2019

Lord,

Thank you for this period of harvest. The seasonal fruits and vegetables taste so good and the variety of their shapes and colours delight us. Help us to reconnect with the seasons and their special characteristics. Forgive us for all the times we buy fruit and vegetables out of season, when growing and transporting them causes so much pollution. Help us to cook creatively so that we can enjoy produce at its proper time. Thank you for caring for all aspects of our lives.

Amen

Prayer for 26/10/2019

‘For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.’ 1 Corinthians 1:18

Lord, I praise you for your resurrection power which alone gives us hope in this fractured and unreconciled world.

Amen

Prayer for 27/10/2019

This Sunday, by way of a Sunday walk, you could take a pair of gloves and a bag with you and together with some of your friends and family go to one of the places near you that you have learned to avoid, one of those places that is polluted and sullied by the negligent or destructive hands of men. As an act of prayer pick up the waste you find along your walk to release nature which cannot deal with it by itself. Nature will thank you.

Prayer for 28/10/2019

Lord,

I pray for those in my local church council who take responsibility for all aspects of church life that have an impact on your creation. Help me to encourage them and to be willing to change how we do things within our church community so that we care better for your world.

Amen

Prayer for 29/10/2019

Father in heaven,

We thank you for stirring the hearts of many young people around the world to campaign for governments to take action on climate change. We pray that they would not be discouraged when things happen slowly. We pray that governments will listen to them, that they will see that emergency measures need to be put in place, and most of all, that they will act.

Amen

Prayer for 30/10/2019

In November the eight regional synods of the united protestant church of France will meet and will be working through ecological questions to prepare the national synod in the spring.

Lord God,

We pray for all these Christians, asking that you will help them to dig deeply into your word and to draw lessons inspired by your spirit of wisdom. Help them to put those lessons into practice in their local communities and in the places where they live.

Amen

Prayer for 31/10/2019

Father God,

You who have created such a beautiful world, forgive us our wrongdoings towards your creation. We think today of the Big-Leaf Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) which is over-exploited for its wood, endangering an entire ecosystem and destroying the habitat of many species, including the giant otter. Lord only you can quicken our consciences, transform our ideas and create in us the desire to change our behaviours. Help us.

Amen

Prayers for November 2019

Prayer for 01/11/2019

Lord God,

For some time now we have been very concerned about the ‘environment’, a word we hear day in day out.

We are confused, Lord, because we didn’t grasp quickly enough that precisely this word puts us on the wrong track: it means what is around me, what surrounds me and that puts me in the centre.

Forgive us for having thought, perhaps unconsciously, that everything that surrounds us belongs to us. Help us to say ‘creation’, which points us to you and how you want us to live where you have placed us.

Amen

Prayer for 02/11/2019

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139:14)

Thank you, Lord, for our bodies. The more we learn about how they function the more we understand that they are complex and perfectly created. I praise you for the great range of what we can achieve and experience thanks to this physical body.

Amen

Prayer for 03/11/2019

The men of the city said to Elisha, ‘Look, our lord, this town is well situated, as you can see, but the water is bad and the land is unproductive. ‘Bring me a new bowl,’ he said, ‘and put salt in it.’ So they brought it to him. Then he went out to the spring and threw the salt into it, saying, ‘This is what the Lord says: ‘I have healed this water. Never again will it cause death or make the land unproductive.’ (2 Kings 2:19-22)

Lord, we praise you for the A Rocha project in Kampala, Uganda. This project enables local residents to treat the water, a cause of serious illnesses, using a system of bio-sand filters and thus to be able to drink clean water.

Amen

Prayer for 04/11/2019

Lord, today I bring before you the leaders in my town. Be their source of inspiration. Put in their hearts the burning desire to be instrumental in protecting your creation on a daily basis. May your Spirit inspire creativity and excellence in their management of the environment in our town!

Amen

Prayer for 05/11/2019

Father God,

We remember today the many low-lying islands at risk of being engulfed by rising sea levels. We pray for those who live on these islands and face that threat every day. May we listen to their voices and take seriously their concerns and not ignore them because they are a long way away from us.

Amen

Prayer for 06/11/2019

Les Alchimistes (http://alchimistes.co/) an urban composting initiative

Lord,

Thank you for the micro-organisms that help turn organic waste into compost that we can use to grow plants and vegetables. Thank you for the initiative of Les Alchimistes making it possible to create compost in urban areas in Paris and elsewhere in France that can be used to grow plants and vegetables and ‘green’ the city.

Amen

Why not…? See if this is something I could get involved with locally!

Prayer for 07/11/2019

Wolves!

And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. (2 Timothy 2:24)

The wolf is an animal that arouses our fears and appears in many children’s stories. It is also a beautiful and fascinating creature. A top predator, in particular of farmed animals, it often gives rise to open and fierce disputes.

May real wisdom be given to those with responsibility for decisions on protecting and regulating this species.

Prayer for 08/11/2019

Lord God, creator of earth and heavens when you considered your completed creation you said that it was ‘very good’. We know that each animal, insect, plant and bacteria has its place in you great plan.

Forgive us that we too often rank everything you have created by attributing values that are not your values. Give us the humility to keep learning more about the complexity and usefulness of everything that makes up this world.

Amen

Prayer for 09/11/2019

‘All praise be yours, my Lord, through all that you have made,
And first my lord Brother Sun,
Who brings the day; and light you give to us through him.
How beautiful is he, how radiant in all his splendour!
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.’

Extract from the Canticle of Brother Sun by St Francis of Assisi

Thank you, Father, for the sun that rose yesterday and gives me light today. Thanks to your wonderful work I can count on it being there tomorrow and learn more of you as I observe it.

Amen

Prayer for 10/11/2019

Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. (Psalm 96:11)

We praise you Lord for the beauty of the mangroves and for A Rocha’s work in southern Ghana at Winneba, the Munni-Pomadze Ramsar site, which enables women to care for these exceptional biotopes, to restore them and manage them appropriately.

Amen

Prayer for 11/11/2019

Lord, I bring before you the younger generation, the children of today who will be the leaders of tomorrow. Prepare the hearts of those who, in the decades ahead, will occupy key positions in our governments and institutions.

May your Spirit already fill them with a heart for creation and the keen desire to conserve it and care for it.

Amen

Prayer for 12/11/2019

Creator God

You who are Lord of the harvest, we remember before you all farmers who are trying to find new food crops that can survive in the changing climate conditions and uncertain growing seasons. Lord give them wisdom and skill in their choice of crops and in the care of their land that they can continue to feed their families and indeed all of us.

Amen

Prayer for 13/11/2019

Lord,

We thank you for the Farming God’s Way initiative (https://www.farming-gods-way.org/) that is helping so many in Africa to grow food in a way that respects your earth and treats it well. Thank you for the A Rocha teams in Kenya and elsewhere who are introducing their neighbours to these methods. May those they work with be receptive to the ideas and see the benefits for your creation and for themselves.

Amen

Prayer for 14/11/2019

The eel that has disappeared from our plates and our rivers.

The fish in the sea are swept away (Hosea 4:3)

The European eel is classified as a critically endangered species. There are numerous factors involved: over-fishing of glass eels, dams and pollution and the remedies are complex. Pray that over and above any of these remedies the creator will act in favour of this fascinating fish.

Prayer for 15/11/2019

Lord God, we talk a lot about what has to be done to protect your creation and we are always ready to accuse governments of not doing enough. At the same time, we don’t like changing our life styles; we resist any challenge to our comfort and habits. Forgive us.

Amen

Prayer for 16/11/2019

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. (Genesis 2:2-3)

Lord, you have also created rest and specific times for that. Thank you, Father, because that is good!

Amen

Prayer for 17/11/2019

Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:5)

We praise you Lord for the beauty of the Dakatcha Forest in Kenya and for the A Rocha ‘Farming God’s Way’ project which makes it possible to protect different species, teach local people to cultivate the land appropriately and thus reduce food insecurity and to preserve the forested area more effectively.

Amen

Prayer for 18/11/2019

My God, I bring before you the industries in my country, my region and my town; I pray for their managers and their boards so that on each day that you give us their eyes may be open to the need to take a stand and to take more action to protect the earth, our common home. Lord, may they take seriously their responsibilities in actively protecting the environment.

Amen

Prayer for 19/11/2019

Lord,

Thank you for the trees that we can enjoy in all their diversity; thank you too for their role in helping to store carbon. Lord, as tree-planting initiatives get underway in various areas, show us how we can maybe get involved and in so doing help to show how much we care for your creation,

Amen

Prayer for 20/11/2019

Urbanescence seeks to connect urban dwellers with nature (https://www.urbanescence.org/)

Lord,

Thank you for this initiative and its projects seeking to raise awareness of nature and environmental issues. Thank you for the interest they are creating among those living in urban areas and the benefits that can bring. May Urbanescence help people to become more conscious of the wonders of your creation and to learn to respect and care for it.

Amen

Prayer for 21/11/2019

Controversial wind turbines

Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice. (Proverbs 13:10)

In the context of the project to place off-shore wind turbines along the Normandy and Picardy coastline there is conflict between the Tréport fishermen, who fear considerable disruption and a fall in fish resources and those in favour of the programme because they are interested in renewable energies …. and also financial opportunities.

Pray that the tensions will subside in the light of truth and that the parties can unite around a project they all support.

Prayer for 22/11/2019

Lord God, creator and saviour, in your word we find all that we need to understand your relationship with what you have created and our place within it. Forgive us for our selective reading and that we have not listened to your witnesses who, through the ages have tried to alert us to the importance of ‘tending and keeping’ that which you have entrusted to us.

Amen

Prayer for 23/11/2019

Thank you, Father, for the bread I was able to eat this morning. It was made from the wheat that a farmer planted with care, watched over and then harvested. Other people transported it, milled it and then made and baked this bread. We thank you for the skill and commitment of these people which enables us to have access to this food. Your creation brims with good things; thank you for the wisdom and knowledge that has allowed us to develop and be able to turn these raw materials into good food.

Amen

Prayer for 24/11/2019

‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.’ (Mark 10:14)

Lord, we praise you for the vitality that radiates from the hearts of children and we praise you for the A Rocha projects throughout the world that work and walk alongside them in humility and in gentleness.

Amen

Prayer for 25/11/2019

We ask forgiveness Lord because the desire for money has taken control of our institutions, of our economy, of our governments, of our hearts and our lives. Forgive us that we have not known how to counter it with the justice and shalom that comes from you. And where wrong has already been done, by your immense grace sow in particular in the hearts of those who are our leaders a sense of good and of justice. Among the people with power here on earth may you place those in such positions who hold to your justice.

Amen

Prayer for 26/11/2019

Lord,

Thank you for the people who, over the years, have developed new clean forms of energy for us to use. Help us to make use of that energy with gratitude and also wisely so that we can help to protect your creation from harm.

Amen

Prayer for 27/11/2019

Lord,

We thank you for the Lausanne / WEA Creation Care Network ( http://lwccn.com/) and all that it does to help Christians engage with caring for your creation. We pray for its leaders as they direct the work and for all the churches and individuals seeking to put caring for your creation into action in their situation. Give them all courage and wisdom in their endeavours.

Amen

Prayer for 28/11/2019

So beautiful and so elusive, the turtle dove

In the desert they gave in to their craving; in the wilderness they put God to the test. (Psalm 106:14)

This dove with marbled plumage is one we encounter less and less when we are out in the forest. And yet it is still ‘huntable’, despite the quotas. The hunting season has started again this year, but let us pray that it is the last season in which this dove is classified as a game bird.

Prayer for 29/11/2019

Lord God, Father, faced with the urgency of the task before us, we become discouraged. And when we want to act we are often confused, as there is sometimes conflicting advice about how to respond. Forgive us that we have forgotten that you never promised your children an easy life. Help us to look constantly to you and to draw joy and confidence in the presence of your Son and in the strength of your Spirit.

Amen

Prayer for 30/11/2019

Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth.

Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. (Psalm 100)

Amen

For past months’ prayers, please see this page.

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