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

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