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A hope-filled prayer for COP26

Join us in this prayer for the UN climate talks in Glasgow, approaching God with hope and expectancy. 

Written by Ruth Valerio | 28 Oct 2021

A group of people praying (Alex Baker/Tearfund)

The climate crisis can seem like a huge, overwhelming issue to pray into. Where do we start? What are we asking? How do we want God to act?

The COP26 climate talks gives us an amazing opportunity to pray directly into the heart of the issue – to pray for world leaders to come together in unity and work towards a common goal. The world must act and Christians must urgently pray over the coming weeks and months: first for those people around the world already impacted by the crisis, then for the talks themselves and for the action that countries need to take. Prayer is crucial if we’re to see a breakthrough in this crisis, and God is powerful beyond anything we can imagine.

So please join me in praying today and every day over the COP talks. Let’s approach our God with hope, with expectancy, and with the knowledge that he ‘is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.’ (Ephesians 3:20)

Let’s pray:

To our God
who made and can move mountains,
who created people and can touch their hearts and minds,
who declared that the world was very good and can make it to be so again,
who has the world in his hands,
be praise and glory.

We lift before you the COP climate talks and the future of the planet.
We are sorry for the damage that has been done, 
but we come before you knowing that you are a God of mercy and miracles.
We pray for the world leaders gathering in Glasgow,
that they would do what is right and fair. 
May the common desire to protect the world enable good conversations, positive actions and bring about unity.

We pray for those joining from countries on the frontline of climate change
who are experiencing the worst impacts, having contributed the least.
We pray that their voices would carry weight and power,
and that you, God, would protect their place at the negotiating table.

Lord, would you help us in the UK to host with humility, compassion, and generosity.

You are a God for whom nothing is impossible or too late.
In the face of this climate crisis, we hold on to the hope found in you.
Hear the cries of your people, O God.

Amen.

During COP26, we’ll send daily updates with insights on the negotiations, key areas for prayer, and messages from friends from around the world. To sign up, save our number +44 (0)7916 874441 as a contact, and text us the word ‘PRAY’.

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