Updated: Nov 18, 2021
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. - 2 Chronicles 7:14
As COP26 meetings begin in Glasgow, our climate crisis requires difficult decisions to be made. It requires unity to address this great challenge together, and it requires action because the time for discussion is over.
As Christians, though, we must acknowledge that it requires humility and prayer. We must have prayerful humility to recognise that God, who created the earth, will be the one who brings it healing.
We pray for the health of people and planet. Our changing climate is having a devastating impact on global health. We pray for those who are most affected, those who live without the protection of robust health systems. We pray for protection from hunger and disease.
We pray for COP26 meetings and action. We pray for wisdom and a spirit of unity and action amongst political leaders as they meet in Glasgow. We pray for equity in the decisions being made and a commitment to supporting those who are already being affected.
We pray for all voices to be heard. We pray that discussions would hear and respond to the voices of people in countries that are bearing the brunt of the climate crisis. We pray that action would be taken to stop the damage that is being done and to help mitigate the impact already being felt.
We pray for those affected by natural disasters. We pray for those in Nepal and north India affected by devastating late monsoon rains. We pray for all those who have lost loved ones, homes and livelihoods. We pray for all those who are still recovering from disasters in recent years. Many are still homeless as a result of cyclones during the last rainy season in Malawi almost a year ago.
We pray for our own humility and commitment to action. Humility to recognise our collective responsibilities, to act even when others won't, and to set aside our own priorities for the good of others.