Past Prayers for Creation

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Prayers for July 2019

30/06/2019 – A prayer for all suffering creation

Lord,

You have placed us in this beautiful creation and entrusted its care to us – to stand beside you in creation. Forgive us that we have not been worthy of the trust you placed in us. We acknowledge that only you can restore what has been destroyed. Bless the projects and activities which seek to safeguard your creation according to your will and make them prosper so that we can also be witnesses of your power.

Amen

01/07/2019 – A prayer for governments

Lord,

Bless the governments that guide the nations of this world. May they be open to your Spirit and follow the example of your son Jesus, the perfect servant. Guide their thinking and their discussions so that their decisions can be life-giving. Give them the courage to stand up to the powers of this world.

Amen

02/07/2019 – A prayer for awareness of climate change and acknowledgement of its human origins

Lord,

Forgive us that our actions disrupt the balance of your creation and many of us do not acknowledge this disruption or we deny our part in it. Come Holy Spirit and make us both individually and as a society alive to this change. We give thanks for all the young people who are taking action on this question and pray that their appeals may be heeded.

Amen

03/07/2019 – A prayer for the new A Rocha International centre

A Rocha USA is opening a new centre in Florida to carry out research in and awareness-raising about the lagoon and coastal marine habitats

Father,

We commit to you the opening of this new centre. Draw the right people together in the team and surround them with your peace. Guide them so that the activities undertaken and the management of the centre may be in line with your will.

Amen

Protecting the oceans in the US and beyond

04/07/2019 – A prayer about the collapse in insect numbers

75% of insects in Europe could have disappeared in 30 years time. Insects play an essential role in maintaining biodiversity. In particular 80% of plants depend on them for reproduction and they are an important food source for birds, amphibians, dragonflies, etc. A major reason for their extinction is intensive agriculture, a heavy user of pesticides.

We pray for a new awareness of the importance of insects for our world and for agriculture, so bringing about a change in our agricultural practices.

05/07/2019 – A prayer for a personal change of heart – buying electrical/electronic items

In 2016, 685 million items of electrical and electronic equipment (IT items, washing machines, etc.) were sold in France. These items use many resources whose extraction and processing have a significant impact on the environment. They also create many waste products – some of which are dangerous.

Lord, help us to concentrate on what we really need.

Why not ..? Before I buy something, I wait 24 hours so I am sure that it is really a needful purchase.

06/07/2019 – A prayer of thanksgiving for the flowers of the field

Blessed are you, Father, for the diversity of the flowers of the field, their myriad colours, shapes and scents. Thank you that you have created us able to admire this diversity. May we continue to wonder at them and to see in them our Creator God.

Amen

07/07/2019 – A prayer for creation and the work of A Rocha

Lord,

We pray for your creation which suffers more each year, especially with the rapid changes to which it does not have time to adapt. May your Holy Spirit help us to hear the anguish of your creation. We bring before you all the national A Rocha organisations and their activities. Guide them so that all is done in accordance with your will.

Amen

08/07/2019 – A prayer for Europe

Father,

We bring before you the European political bodies. As the Member States have not agreed on the objective of carbon neutrality by 2050, we pray that this question may soon be reconsidered. May your Spirit go before these new discussions so that agreement can be reached.

Amen

09/07/2019 – A prayer for India

Lord,

Today we want to place in your hands India, which is suffering greatly from the effects of climate change. Only you can bring comfort. We pray that, despite the late monsoon and the extreme heat, the effects on the harvests will be minimal and that access to water will not be a source of conflict.

Amen

10/07/2019 – Pastoraloup – FERUS

FERUS works to conserve large predators in France (bear, wolf, lynx). It has established the Pastoraloup programme to help ensure more people are with the flocks to protect them from wolves.

Lord,

Bless the work of this association and in particular the Pastoraloup programme. Be with those involved and strengthen their willingness to cooperate and work together. As this problem causes considerable anger and is a source of great conflict, we pray that those who are working on these problems can set an example so as to move forward together.

Amen

11/07/2019 – A prayer for the fauna and flora of the Ile-de-France region

In the Île-de-France the fauna and flora populations have declined markedly because of greater urbanisation, fragmentation of natural habitats by the road network, intensive agriculture etc. For example the house sparrow population has fallen by 73%.

We pray that the regional representatives may wake up to this decline and the need for nature to be abundant and in good heart in their region. May this awareness be accompanied by practical actions and not compromised by pressures that stifle life.

Amen

12/07/2019 – A prayer of repentance and for personal change – food

Lord,

You are the bread of life. Forgive us that too often we rely on our own means to ensure that we eat our fill. This has led us to create a food system that destroys life. May your Holy Spirit teach us to trust in you and to transform our relationship with food. Help us to return to a simple way of eating.

Amen

Why not ..? Decide as from today to change something in my diet (stop buying ready meals, buy organic, only buy seasonal fruits and vegetables, etc.)

13/07/2019 – A prayer of gratitude

Between 2011 and 2017, the annual mortality rate of African elephants from poaching was halved.

Praise you Lord for this good news! Bless all those who have worked to reduce poaching and strengthen them in their work. Protect them. But, Lord, this encouraging news does not mean that African elephants are out of danger. We pray for an end to the trade in ivory and the financial lure behind it so that poaching disappears.

Amen

14/07/2019 – A prayer for creation and the work of A Rocha

Father,

You love your creation and we entrust it to you. Forgive us that we only see in it resources that we can exploit. Forgive us that we want to put a cash value on biodiversity and the services it gives to us. Send your Spirit on this world so that we can love your creation as you love it. Renew the way we look at creation and teach us to contemplate it and in so doing to contemplate you, the Creator of everything.

Amen

15/07/2019 – A prayer for the USA

Lord,

Today we commit to you the government of the United States. We give you thanks for all the initiatives and voices supporting a way of life that respect your creation. We pray that the government may listen to these voices and develop the initiatives. We pray for the Christians in the United States, that from today they can be the messengers for this mandate of caring for your creation.

Amen

16/07/2019 – A prayer about climate change

Heavenly Father,

Today the consequences of climate change are visible to everyone – we pray for the poorest in this world who are so badly affected. Help us to be conscious of this suffering and to act so that your justice can be done. Only you can relieve the effects of these changes – Lord have pity on us and come to our aid.

Amen

17/07/2019 – A prayer for the banks committing to responsible financing

Lord,

We commit to you the banks that undertake to stop financing destructive projects (pollutants, armed conflicts, etc.). Strengthen them in the choice they have made and be with them so that they can go even further in their commitment. May they be a source of inspiration for the banking sector. We pray that these choices may be made with discernment and in keeping with your justice.

Amen

18/07/2019 – A prayer for the Arctic

Creator God,

We give you thanks for the Arctic ecosystem and this wonder that you have created. Today that ecosystem is in danger and we commit it to you so that it can be safeguarded through those who are actively working for its conservation. We also commit to you the human cultures which have developed in this extreme environment, praying that they can resist that which is of the world.

Amen.

19/07/2019 – Water

Lord Jesus,

You who are the source of life, make us aware of the importance and scarceness of the water we are able to drink. We know that water is so scarce and the source of numerous conflicts, so help us to change our ways and use it mindfully and for our real needs. Help us to preserve the quality of this water which is so precious and to change how we choose to consume it.

Amen

Why not..? Take one small step every day (stop buying chemicals, turn off the water when applying soap/shampoo in the shower, purchase fewer products that are made using a lot of water, etc.)

20/07/2019 – Bless the Lord

Bless the Lord all you works of the Lord,
Bless the Lord you angels of the Lord,
Sing his praise and exalt him for ever.

Bless the Lord, bless the Lord
Bless the Lord you heavens,
Bless the Lord you waters above the heavens,
Bless the Lord all you his hosts.

Bless the Lord, bless the Lord
Bless the Lord sun and moon,
Bless the Lord you stars of heaven,
Bless the Lord all rain and dew.

Bless the Lord, bless the Lord
Bless the Lord all winds that blow,
Bless the Lord you fire and heat,
Bless the Lord scorching wind and bitter cold.

Bless the Lord, bless the Lord
Bless the Lord dews and falling hail,
Bless the Lord frost and cold,
Bless the Lord you ice and snow.
Bless the Lord, bless the Lord

Bless the Lord you nights and days,
Bless the Lord light and darkness,
Bless the Lord lightning and clouds.
Bless the Lord, bless the Lord

O let the earth bless the Lord,
Bless the Lord you mountains and hills,
Bless the Lord all that grows in the ground.
Bless the Lord, bless the Lord

Bless the Lord you springs,
Bless the Lord you seas and rivers,
Bless the Lord you lakes and oceans.

Bless the Lord, bless the Lord

Bless the Lord you whales and fish,
Bless the Lord all birds of the air,
Bless the Lord you beasts and cattle.
Bless the Lord, bless the Lord

Bless the Lord all people on earth,
O Israel bless the Lord,
Bless the Lord you spirits and souls of the just.
Bless the Lord, bless the Lord

Bless the Lord you priests of the Lord,
Bless the Lord you that are holy and humble in heart,
Bless the Lord you servants of the Lord.
Bless the Lord, bless the Lord

Praise to Christ for ever, bless the Lord
Alleluia, alleluia, bless the Lord
Amen, amen, bless the Lord, Bless the Lord.

21/07/2019 – A prayer for creation and A Rocha

Thrice-holy God,

Once again we commit your creation to you – we who are not capable of caring for it. Forgive us that we are witnesses of and instrumental in the destruction of your creation, that we do not call into question what we are doing, that we do not align ourselves with what you call upon us to live out – simplicity and joy. We pray that A Rocha may be instrumental in encouraging that questioning and in the new alignment. Walk alongside each national organisation in this mission.

Amen

22/07/2019 – A prayer for Brazil

Lord,

Thank you for your incredible natural world of Brazil. We pray that the Brazilian government may change how it views this natural world and see its beauty and not see it as just of economic value. May your Holy Spirit breathe on Brazil so that it will protect your creation. We pray for the people of Brazil so they can also convey and implement this message.

Amen

23/07/2019 –

Spirit of peace,
Descend on the world and give us peace at this time of increasing pain.

Spirit of love,
Descend on the world so that we stand in solidarity with each other.

Spirit of joy,
Descend on the world to spread your hope and the good news of your kingdom.

Amen

24/07/2019 – Beer Sheba

Beer Sheba is a project linking a sustainable agro-forestry programme with comprehensive training and an agricultural resources centre for young Senegalese farmers.

http://www.projet-beersheba.fr

Lord,

We bring before you the Beer Sheba project. Thank you for the vision you gave to this pastor and for this inspiring project which has developed. Bless the current trainees and those who have finished their training, that they may be able to develop viable agricultural systems which care for your creation and give you glory. Strengthen the resident team, bless them and help them to keep their eyes fixed on you throughout their mission.

Amen

25/07/2019 – Lynx

Lord,

We bring before you the lynx, at risk of extinction in Europe. May the conservation and the reintroduction projects bear fruit. These projects are the source of many conflicts and give rise to anger. May your spirit of reconciliation go ahead of the discussions between the different parties so that they can move forward together peacefully.

Amen

26/07/2019 – clothing

The fashion industry and clothes manufacturing has a major social and environmental impact. See https://www.sustainyourstyle.org/en/whats-wrong-with-the-fashion-industry

Lord,

You paid the price for us and you call us to follow you. Forgive us that all too often we make others pay the price of our consumer choices. We prefer to buy more cheaply, but the true price is that paid by the exploited worker and the villagers near to the factories whose water sources and environment are polluted. Help us to be aware of that and to change how we choose to dress. Help us to follow your example.

Amen

Why not..? Buy a second-hand garment or a classic garment that will still be fashionable next year.

27/07/2019

Blessed are you, Lord God, for the multiplicity of your works!

Blessed are you because we are still discovering new species today!

May the Holy Spirit fill our hearts with wonder as we contemplate you and the diversity of your marvellous creation.

Amen

28/07/2019 – A prayer for creation

Psalm 74:16-17

The day is yours, and yours also the night;
You established the sun and moon.

It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth;
You made both summer and winter.

Eternal Father,

Forgive us that we have forgotten that creation belongs to you; we have forgotten that all the benefits of your creation come from you and not from our efforts or the technologies that we develop. This has caused us to exploit the earth without respecting it as you call on us to respect you. We want to place in your hands once again this marred creation and may your Spirit help us to see the creator in everything so that we respect your creation.

Amen

29/07/2019 – A prayer for France

Lord,

We pray for France and its government which has undertaken to give priority to the climate emergency over economic considerations. May this commitment become a reality, Lord. You, who call us not to lay up treasure on earth but in heaven, we pray that the government of France may follow this pathway.

Amen

30/07/2019

Lord,

Today we commit to you the people who must flee their region because of climate change. May they find a place of refuge, a place where they can build their lives again. Protect them and guide them on this terrible journey. We pray for this question to be debated in the international bodies and that a just solution is found. We pray that we may also show mercy to those who have the least.

Amen

31/07/2019 – Plateau Perspectives

Plateau Perspectives is an international Christian association which works for the local communities and the environment in the mountainous regions of the Tibetan plateau and Central Asia.

Lord,

We bring to you Plateau Perspectives. Bless all those involved in this association. Guide them in the direction they take and in the projects they want to develop. We pray for the local communities that they can also discover you through the commitment and work of Plateau Perspectives.

Amen

http://plateauperspectives.org

Prayers for August 2019

Prayer for 01/08/2019

Heavenly Father,

Today we commit to you the forests of Europe that have been weakened by repeated droughts in recent years. Guide forest managers as they decide best how to care for this ecosystem that gives us so much. Keep us from making choices that would cause even more damage. We bring before you the A Rocha centres in France and Ghana involved in forest conservation.

Amen

Prayer for 02/08/2019

Lord,

Thank you for the times of rest and relaxation that you have created for us. As many people prepare to go on holiday, we pray that these times may not be a source of destruction. Help us to be aware of the environmental and social impact of our holidays and to change our mindset so that we relax in a way that honours your creation.

Amen

Why not …? Have a year without taking a flight, offset any travel emissions, book through an eco-tourism agency.

Prayer for 03/08/2019

Loving Father,

We bless you for the beauty of the landscapes around us. Thank you for their diversity and for our individual responses to them so that we can all marvel at your Creation. Help us to look with fresh eyes so that we see your goodness and love for us in every landscape.

Amen

Prayer for 04/08/2019

Father and Creator God,

Even though we have destroyed so much, your creation is still incredibly beautiful and shows us how it is full of your marvellous works. We commit to you all those who are working to safeguard the jewels of your creation, especially the A Rocha centres. May your Holy Spirit walk alongside us so that every person working in these centres is filled with the hope that we have in you.

Amen

Prayer for 05/08/2019

Lord

We commit to you Finland, which now holds the Presidency of the European Union for six months. We pray that the Finnish Government may take firm actions towards safeguarding the environment and that these may be successful. Help the Finnish government to stand firm so that it does not give way to the voices of economic lobbies.

Amen

Prayer for 06/08/2019

Lord,

We bring before you for the consequences of climate change and in particular the huge fires that have been ravaging the Arctic since the beginning of the summer with consequences for the entire planet. We are helpless in the face of this disaster, but we commit this situation to you. We pray too that the extreme heat affecting Europe this summer will help to bring about a new awareness of the seriousness of the situation.

Amen

Prayer for 07/08/2019

“Or vert” (Green Gold) is a reforestation project in Togo run by ABEP (an association for the well-being of the population) which is seeking to counter land erosion and restore soil fertility so as to rebuild a sustainable agricultural economy.

Lord,

we bless you that you are still inspiring people and giving them the resources to carry out these projects. We commit the ‘Green Gold’ project to you. May the team always rely completely on you, may they always be well supported so that this project can expand according to your will. Protect them from any discouragements that could arise.

Amen

Prayer for 08/08/2019

Lord,

We commit the Alps to you, this very special environment that is so beautiful but also so threatened. While climate change is altering the Alps completely and many species cannot adapt any further, we commit to you the local projects trying to save what can be saved. You alone can save, Lord; we ask you to multiply the fruits of these labours so that this alpine beauty can be preserved.

Amen

Prayer for 09/08/2019

Lord,

Forgive us Lord that we have gained so much and have in the process lost touch with the real concepts of need and comfort. Forgive us that we have prioritised safeguarding our own future, stockpiling ‘just in case’, and that we have forgotten your promises. May your Spirit teach us to discern what really constitutes need so that our consumption is not excessive by comparison with our needs.

Amen

Prayer for 10/08/2019

Heavenly Father,

We give you thanks for the birds that praise you from the early morning. Thank you that this reminds us morning by morning that the first thing to do is to praise you. Help us to join with your creation in praise.

Amen.

Prayer for 11/08/2019

All-powerful Father,

We commit to you your creation, suffering because of our folly. Forgive us because we have driven you from it and, without your wisdom, we have destroyed it. Come and take your rightful place again! May your Spirit inhabit the world and open hearts that are closed to you.

Amen

Prayer for 12/08/2019

Lord,

This morning we commit to you the UN and its programmes. May national governments take heed of the warnings given by the UN on climate and social justice. May your Spirit of peace and unity guide them in their tasks.

Amen

Prayer for 13/08/2019

Lord,

You have placed us on a bountiful earth and we give you thanks for that. Forgive us that despite the abundance of your creation this year, in just seven months, we have consumed all the resources that you have given us. Nor have these resources been fairly distributed. Lord we bring before you all those who are in need and ask you to teach us to stand with them and to share with them.

Amen

Prayer for 14/08/2019

Lord,

We bring before you today all those who defend the environment. We know that more than 160 people died as they were safeguarding your creation in 2018 so we ask for your protection on all those working in this area today. We also commit to you their persecutors, and ask that your Spirit would open their eyes to what they are doing and transform their hearts by your grace.

Amen

Prayer for 15/08/2019

Lord,

You called us to tend and look after your garden. We bring before you all the cultivated land that is so badly affected by these times of brutal climate change. We commit farmers to you; may they also be the custodians of the land, with their agricultural practices reflecting their dual mandate.

Amen

Prayer for 16/08/2019

Lord,

You warn us that “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” (1 Timothy 6:10). Today we are conscious of where that has led us and we ask your pardon. Open our eyes to how attached we are to our money. Give us your grace to make good decisions on the management of our wealth.

Amen

Why not …? Change to a more ethical bank; invest my savings in community projects.

Prayer for 17/08/2019

Psalm 65:9-13:

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 corn, 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 desert overflow; the hills are clothed with gladness.
The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with corn; they shout for joy and sing.

Loving Father,

We are thankful for all the good things with which you fill your creation. It is amazing! We are filled with wonder at the ingenuity of everything you have created! We want to shout for joy and sing with one voice with the whole of your creation.

We praise you.

Prayer for 18/08/2019

Father, Creator of heaven and earth,

We bring before you our deep sadness as we look at your suffering creation. We also bring before you our profound hope that comes from you. Your creation has suffered too much for us to be able to re-set the situation, but with you everything is possible. We want to bring to you the offering of our daily actions and our projects for your creation. We ask you to give the increase!

Amen

Prayer for 19/08/2019

King of Kings,

We pray for the G7 summit meeting at the end of this week, focussing on inequalities. You, who served mankind as the Servant King, prepare the hearts of each of the participants so that they follow your example. May self-interest disappear and give way to sharing, cooperation and justice.

Amen

Prayer for 20/08/2019

Our Father,

When human society cannot or will not manage the resources of your creation properly it is often those who live in poverty who suffer the worst consequences. Teach all of us to use and work the land that you have given to humans for the common good and may the poorest also benefit.

Amen

Prayer for 21/08/2019

Lord,

We bring before you the Citizens’ Conference on Ecological Transition that is in preparation in France. As the participants are soon to be chosen we ask that the right group of people is created and can discuss in harmony and propose actions that are in line with your justice.

Amen

Prayer for 22/08/2019

Lord,

We commit to you the marine turtles that are threatened with extinction by human activities. Give hope and perseverance to those working to protect them. We also bring before you the poachers; may they find another source of income which is appropriate for your creation; we bring before you the fishermen; may they be particularly aware of the turtles and be able to change their fishing techniques.

Amen

Prayer for 23/08/2019

Psalm 119:105

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path”

Heavenly Father,

You the light of the world, forgive us that we replace you with the light of the towns, security and consumption. We acknowledge the severe impact on your creation, with the disruption of the life cycle of nocturnal species, impacts of energy consumption, health, etc. Reveal to this world the true light so that we can all return to your light, which leads to life.

Amen

Why not …? Join with others in my area to encourage participation in local environmental activities.

Prayer for 24/08/2019

Lord,

We give you thanks for the growing tiger population in India, despite its ‘endangered’ status. Thank you for the awareness shown by the Indian government and its commitment to establish conservation measures. Whilst poaching and human-animal conflicts may well increase, we pray that India finds just solutions for both tigers and humans.

Amen

Prayer for 25/08/2019

Psalm 104 v.5
‘He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.’

Almighty Father,

Today, once again we proclaim our confidence in You. With the psalmist we pray that your creation may never be moved, despite our wrongdoings. Forgive us our denial and our inertia in the face of the current situation. Come and renew your creation as You renew our hearts.

Amen

Prayer for 26/08/2019

Romans 13 v.1
‘Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.’

Lord,

Even though we sometimes find it difficult to trust the governing authorities in our nations, we put our confidence in You, the King of kings. We pray that those who are entrusted with authority may submit to You. May they choose to serve You alone and abandon the masters they serve at present.

Amen

Prayer for 27/08/2019

The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) published a special report on 8 August on Climate Change and Land: https://www.ipcc.ch/report/srccl/

Lord,

We bring before You this report which warns once again of the extremely disturbing situation in which we find ourselves. Lord, how can we ensure that these warnings are really heard and profoundly understood so that we change? Lord, open our ears and open our hearts to the cries of your creation so that we ourselves take action!

Amen

Prayer for 28/08/2019

Lord,

We bring before you the Taizé community during its reflection week on environmental issues. May your Holy Spirit be on the speakers so that it is You who speaks though them. Open the hearts of those attending, so that they grasp the urgency of the situation and, with the hope that they have in You, they can themselves be active in the coming of your kingdom here on earth.

Amen

Prayer for 29/08/2019

Lord,

We are dismayed by human greed. After abusing the planet’s resources people are now turning their attention to land that is becoming habitable and therefore exploitable – as is the case, for example in Greenland, because of the melting of the ice sheet associated with global warming. Put a stop to their folly.

Amen

Prayer for 30/08/2019

Loving Father,

Forgive us for that we stray so often. Today we come before You with childlike hearts and we ask that You come to our aid to teach us to walk in your ways of joy and simplicity.

Amen.

Prayer for 31/08/2019

Heavenly Father,

We thank You for the beauty of the night sky that lights up our dark nights on this earth. What a source of hope for us when we turn our eyes to the sky and can start to perceive what your Kingdom will be like. We give you thanks.

Amen

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

Prayer for 18/09/2019

Lord God,

There is so much plastic waste everywhere and I sometimes feel that I can’t really make an impact on the problem. But thank you for A Rocha’s Plastic Clean-up project initiative (https://www.arocha.org/en/projects/global-plastic-cleanup/). Lord, may many groups – young and old together – take part and demonstrate their care for your creation as they clean up plastic.

Amen

Prayer for 19/09/2019

Lord God,

We thank you for the unique forest habitat that is the Dakatcha Woodland in Kenya and all the wildlife it contains. We thank you for the A Rocha Kenya team working alongside other conservation partners and local communities to preserve it and seeking to share the message of how much you love and care about this woodland – a part of your amazing creation.

Amen

Prayer for 20/09/2019

‘He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains.’ (Psalm 104 v.10)

Lord God,

As we turn on the taps in our kitchens and bathrooms we do not always appreciate that provision of water and we use it without thinking. Lord forgive us for our indifference and help us to recognise and use your gift of water thankfully and responsibly.

Amen

Prayer for 21/09/2019

‘In His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.’ Job 12 v.10

Creator God,

We thank you that you hold your creation, every creature and every person, in your hand. Lord thank you for your gift of life. Give me open eyes today for every part of your creation and fill me with thanks and praise.

Amen

Prayer for 22/09/2019

Lord God,

Within the A Rocha family, we pray for local A Rocha members seeking to share the wonder of your creation with their local communities through community gardens, activities for children and in many other ways. Give them great joy and enthusiasm as they share with others and show You to those they are with.

Amen

Prayer for 23/09/2019

Lord God,

The Environment Committee is the largest specialist committee in the European Parliament. We pray for those MEPs as they scrutinise legislation affecting many aspects of the environment. Lord give them your wisdom in their discussions and decisions, that your creation may be protected from harm.

Amen

Prayer for 24/09/2019

Father God,

As storms become increasingly severe in many parts of the world, we bring before you the thousands of people whose lives and livelihoods are being devastated. May we not reach a stage where their plight is just another news item, but give us your compassion for them and show us what we can do to help.

Amen

Prayer for 25/09/2019

Lord,

Thank you for the initiative of transition towns (https://transitionnetwork.org/) seeking to influence so many different local communities. Lord, show me where I could get involved, joining with my neighbours in various ways to show your love for your world.

Amen

Prayer for 26/09/2019

Creator God,

Mangrove forests along coastlines and your creatures that live in them are an amazing part of your abundant creation. Lord, such forests are reduced in extent for all sorts of reasons, but thank you for those who are actively involved in helping to restore them, including A Rocha teams. We ask for your hand to be over these projects.

Amen

Prayer for 27/09/2019

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

Lord God,

You looked at what you had made, and saw it was good. Lord we often spend a lot of time looking at our screens, whether phone or computer. Lord, forgive us for how little we sometimes look at your creation and appreciate just how good it is. Help us to develop open and appreciative eyes!

Amen

Prayer for 28/09/2019

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. (Psalm 19 v.1)

Father God,

Blue skies, skies with storm clouds, skies with white puffy clouds, skies with rainbows, night skies and all the other skies we see – thank you that they do indeed speak to us of your glory and all that you have made. We praise you.

Amen

Prayer for 29/09/2019

How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. (Psalm 104 v.24)

Creator God,

Thank you for your wisdom in creation and the multiplicity of your creatures! Lord, as A Rocha groups work in different places in the world, looking after your creation and sharing it with others, give them joy in their work even when it is not always easy, or when there are setbacks with their projects.

Amen

Why not …? Look at the A Rocha website and see where A Rocha groups are working – pray for one of the groups.

Prayer for 30/09/2019

Lord God,

We bring before you the people running major companies. Lord in the midst of their striving for a successful business, may they be mindful of their responsibilities to the environment around them – your world and how their projects may have an impact. Show us ways in which we could help to raise their awareness.

Amen

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

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

Prayers for December 2019

Prayer for 01/12/2019

Creator God, we thank you for the place of trees in your creation – for their beauty and benefits for each one of us. We thank you for the work of the A Rocha associated project in the Philippines, helping to restore forests and create forest parks. We pray for all the churches becoming involved. Give them joy and perseverance as they move the project forward.

Amen

Prayer for 02/12/2019

Lord God,

We bring before you all the government representatives gathered for the COP25 conference in Madrid as they continue to look at climate change issues that affect us all. Give them your wisdom in their discussions. Give governments the courage to implement decisions that will protect your world, even when they are unpopular.

Amen

Prayer for 03/12/2019

Loving God, help us to sustain a healthy response to the climate crisis.

As we rightly lament, give us peace beyond understanding.

As we faithfully protest, give us resilience and hope.

As we understandably feel climate anxiety, sustain and inspire us to enjoy and protect your good earth. Amen.

Prayer for 04/12/2019

Ramsar Convention on the protection of Wetlands

Look at the (behemoth) hippopotamus, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox… Under the lotus plant he lies….among the reeds in the marsh (Job 40:16 & 21)

The Somme river crosses the Department along a magnificent valley and flows into one of the most beautiful bays in the world. It is one of the main Ramsar sites in France and the location for this organisation’s recent annual national symposium.

Let us pray that the restoration and protection of wetland areas, reservoirs of biodiversity, which do so much for water quality, will be taken into account in planning and development projects.

Prayer for 05/12/2019

Lord God, Creator God, we pray for all those involved in the conservation of the Common Snipe, of which there are no more than 50 nesting in France. Give courage and wisdom to farmers and naturalists when they take steps to prevent the disappearance of their habitats.

Amen

Prayer for 06/12/2019

Loving Lord Jesus, your word tells us that creation is made by, through and even for you.

Forgive our lack of gratitude and love.

Transform and inspire us to treasure your good creation. Amen.

(Colossians 1)

Prayer for 07/12/2019

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn – shout for joy before the Lord, the King (Psalm 98:4-6)

I praise you Lord for this song that you invite us to sing day after day, to encourage us, to encourage our neighbours and above all to glorify your Holy name, the matchless beauty of your creation and your unconditional love.

Amen

Prayer for 08/12/2019

Creator God, thank you for the beauty we can see in the shapes of deciduous trees in winter, just as much as in spring or summer. Thank you that in your creation economy nothing is wasted; that the fallen leaves provide protection for many small creatures and replenish the soil.

Amen

Prayer for 09/12/2019

Lord God, we hear so much about water whether there is an abundance or a lack. We pray for those with responsibility for managing our water resources in a thirsty world. Help them to take wise decisions and help us too to be mindful of what a precious resource it is that you provide for us.

Amen

Prayer for 10/12/2019

As the ice melts, so would you melt our cold hearts that we might care enough to change our behaviour.

As the forests burn, so may our passion to act and petition be enflamed.

As the global temperature rises, so may your people rise together to stand against the systems of greed and abuse that corrupt your good earth.

Amen.

Prayer for 11/12/2019

Local elections are on the way

Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no-one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility towards all men. (Titus 3:1-2)

Let us pray that those who feel called to take on political responsibilities, in particular at local level, do so with intelligence and commitment. That God raises up good candidates and that they themselves acknowledge that they are subject to God in the decisions they take.

Prayer for 12/12/2019

Lord God, Creator God, we rejoice that, little by little, efforts are being made to favour renewable energies. But we know that this often causes conflicts. We pray for the decisions taken when choosing a new site for wind turbines. In particular we bring before you the site of the Col de la Bataille in the Vercors where many migrating birds risk being hit by the blades if this project should come to fruition.

Amen

Prayer for 13/12/2019

You teach us, loving God, that what we do for the least of your creation, we do also for you.
Give us the imagination to find your presence in all that you have made.
Help us to express our worship of you through our love for your creation. Amen.

(Matthew 25)

Prayer for 14/12/2019

Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God (1 Peter 1:22-23)

I praise you Lord for this love that we share through the unconditional love you share with us; for these bonds that, through you, we can experience and comprehend and in which your kingdom is revealed in its splendour and power and which makes us conscious of our part in the beauty of your creation.

Prayer for 15/12/2019

Father God, we thank you for all those who have challenged us in our thinking about your creation. Within the A Rocha family, thank you for Peter and Miranda Harris, Chris and Susanna Naylor and their inspiration and example in caring for your creation. At this time, we pray for your continued healing for Peter and your comfort for the Naylor and Harris families.

Amen

Prayer for 16/12/2019

Lord God, today we bring before you those with responsibility for national parks policies in our country. Give them wisdom and good judgement as they seek to balance what is good for the environment they are trying to protect with public access to those areas. Thank you for their work.

Amen

Prayer for 17/12/2019

Creator God, we can be overwhelmed by the scale of climate breakdown.
Yet you tell us that with faith as small as a mustard seed we can move mountains.
We pray with boldness that the effects of climate change will slow down and reverse.
Give us along with our political and business leaders, true faith to act in hope and love for your world.

Amen

Prayer for 18/12/2019

ITER: an inspired project or a Tower of Babel

Then they said, ‘Come let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.’ (Genesis 11:4)

This €20 billion project based in France, but involving 35 countries, is intended to test ‘the energy of the future’, but even the scientific community is perplexed about it. It only claims to be an experimental phase. May God guide the decisions so that it is not illusory, but a project that really serves the good of the whole of creation.

Prayer for 19/12/2019

Lord God, Creator of insects, spiders and crustaceans, we give you thanks for all that these animals provide which allows all species, including humans, to flourish on this earth. A report last month raised concerns that they were disappearing at a faster rate than had been thought previously, so we pray for our leaders when they have to take decisions to restrict the use of crop protection products.

Prayer for 20/12/2019

Forgive our silent acceptance of the systems of exploitation and greed.
Give us soft hearts, and hard feet.
Help us to feel the injustice of unfair global structures of consumption and help us to know how to respond in action.

Amen.

Prayer for 21/12/2019

‘Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy; they will sing before the Lord …’ (Psalm 96:11-13)

I praise you Lord for the splendour of the Domaine des Courmettes, set between the Pre-Alps and the Mediterranean. This oasis of beauty leads us to ever deeper contemplation of the majesty of your creation, to wonder at it and to be reconciled with you.

Prayer for 22/12/2019

Lord God, we sometimes feel overwhelmed by the ‘bad news’ stories of relentless deforestation, forest fires and other ways in which your creation is harmed and we risk losing heart. But Lord thank you for the ‘good news’ stories too – thank you for the work that has been achieved by A Rocha Peru, encouraging tree planting and restoration in the dry forests in the north of the country. We ask you to continue to bless those projects and those involved in them.

Amen

Prayer for 23/12/2019

Lord, it is so easy to grumble and find fault with those who govern my region and my country. Lord give me the courage to speak up with respect when I think there are problems, but above all, help me to pray for them consistently, that you will guide them to act justly and care for your creation in all their decisions.

Amen

Prayer for 24/12/2019

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, those who long for climate justice, for they will be satisfied.

May we be satisfied by our work for the good of the whole planet.
May we be ultimately satisfied with God in the new creation when all will have been made new.
May those who deny the need for climate justice, become hungry and thirsty for righteousness and act to safeguard your good creation.

Amen.

Prayer for 25/12/2019

Honeybees can threaten biodiversity

Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste (Prov. 24:13)

Nothing is straightforward: whilst bees are threatened by pollution, intensive rearing of honeybees can in certain situations force out other species of insects that are vital for the pollination of certain plants. Let us pray that the scientific community can give good advice and that beekeepers are able to take it into account respecting biodiversity.

Prayer for 26/12/2019

God our Creator, we bring before you the residents and the naturalists who manage the overwintering sites of waders in the French Antilles and Guyana. Help them as they seek to respect nature and in their decision-making when a third of these birds show declining numbers, as is the case for the Semipalmated Sandpiper. Thank you once more, Lord, for the beauty and diversity of your creation!

Prayer for 27/12/2019

We have been greedy in use of the world’s resources.
Lord have mercy.

We have been mindless of the effect we have on the most vulnerable on the earth.
Christ have mercy.

We have been complicit in unjust structures of exploitation.
Lord have mercy.

Forgive and inspire us. Set us free from guilt and shame so that we might live lives that reflect your justice and your joy. Amen.

Prayer for 28/12/2019

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. (1 Peter 1:3-4)

I praise you Lord for your power of resurrection and your power of life, which shows itself in the splendour of your creation, that you restore and that you constantly cause to shine.

Prayer for 29/12/2019

Lord God, as we look back over the past year, we thank you for the privilege of being able to enjoy your creation in all its glory throughout the seasons. As we look forward to the year ahead, help us to share our love of what you have created with others so that they too may rejoice in the world in which you have placed us.

Amen

Prayer for 30/12/2019

‘The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad’ (Psalm 97:1)

Lord God, as we look back at the times this year when we have wondered why authorities in various places seemed unable to prevent damage to the world you created, thank you for this reminder that you reign and that you are in charge. Give us creativity in the year ahead as we seek to influence decisions that are taken and keep reminding us of your kingship.

Amen

Prayer for 31/12/2019

Loving God, we pray for those already drastically affected by climate change.
Be with those who suffer from flood or famine as they struggle to survive.
Be with the aid organizations seeking to alleviate suffering.
Be with all of us who affect the changing climate with our distant choices.

Amen

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