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We are in a climate emergency. More people are going hungry, extreme weather events are more severe and communities are being displaced. People are being pushed back into poverty and the damage to creation is accelerating.

As we contemplate the scale of the crisis, it’s important we keep our eyes fixed on the God of justice, who loves creation and brings restoration and peace – and help our friends and family to do the same. Will you join us in praying about poverty and climate?

Our SMS alerts will let you know when we have updated the prayer prompt here to inspire prayers for justice and restoration for those living in poverty.  

Today's prayer

24 January 2023

The next UN climate talks – COP28 – will take place in December in Dubai, hosted by the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This presents opportunities for oil-producing nations to consider more deeply their response to climate change, and for Christians and communities in the region to get involved. However, the news last week that an oil company chief executive, Sultan Al Jaber, has become the UAE’s chosen president of COP28 has sparked concern, in terms of where his vested interests surely lie.

As governments and organisations such as Tearfund prepare for COP28 later in the year, join us in prayer.

  • Pray for a year of miraculous climate action. Pray that decision-makers at COP28 will be united in their resolve to tackle the crisis.
  • Pray also that we'll see strong leadership and integrity from those in charge of this year's COP. Pray that they will not be swayed by the interests of large corporations but rather make bold decisions that reduce the impact of the climate crisis on those living in poverty.
  • Lift up churches in the Middle East who are taking action on the climate crisis. Pray that many more people will understand we are in a climate emergency, and find ways to respond.

Amen.

 
 
Phone showing the Tearfund prayer for the climate webpage (Kiran Rai / Tearfund)

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Join us in prayer on our Tearfund Action prayer feed. You can sign up to receive prayer alerts directly to your phone with a link to the latest prayer. Follow the steps below to sign up. If you already receive prayer texts from us, there's no need to sign up again. 

  1. Add our Tearfund Action number +44 (0)7916 874441 to your phone's contacts.
  2. Using your SMS messaging app, text the word ‘PRAY’ to us on the number above.
  3. We'll send you a confirmation message in the next few days, and you'll receive climate prayer points via SMS.

We will not use your number for any other purpose and it will not be visible to others. Replies will be received by Tearfund only. If at any time you would like to stop receiving these messages, just text 'STOP' to +44 (0)7916 874441.

Other ways to pray for the climate

There are so many ways to pray for the climate crisis. Here are two prayer networks we love and recommend:

  • Climate Intercessors is a new network of people learning to pray prayers that are as real and urgent as the climate crisis. They meet each month on zoom and we regularly join them to pray: www.climateintercessors.org
  • Sign up for informative monthly emails from Pray and Fast for the Climate, and be part of a movement of people praying each month for change.
  • Prayer in the Park. You can use our Prayer in the Park guide to lift up prayers for the climate in your local park or outdoor space. Join in whenever you like, alone or with others. 

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