Ways to pray
Listed below are five ways you can creatively pray for COP27. These are: praying using scripture; praying using a map; pray while making a lifestyle change; going on a prayer walk; and writing a prayer of hope.
Pray using scripture
Scripture can help remind us of who God is and what he has called us to do.
The following passages highlight God’s heart for justice and how he desires us to care for our global neighbours and for the wider environment. Speak them outloud and pray that the scripture will direct world leaders attending COP27 in how they engage in the talks and the commitments they will make:
‘The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.’ (Genesis 2:15)
‘Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendour, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.’ (1 Chronicle 29:11)
‘And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.’ (Micah 6:8)
‘Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honours God.’ (Proverbs 14:31)
Pray using a map
Using a map or a globe, invite the Holy Spirit to reveal a particular country to you that is attending COP27.
Once you have chosen somewhere, lay your hand above it on the map. Lift up those who will be representing the country at the conference and pray for wisdom and openness to engage with the conference. Ask God to reveal specific things you can pray for, or use prayer points in this guide to help.
Reflect on the ways this country is experiencing the impacts of the climate crisis and pray for those who are most impacted.
If doing this activity as a group, you could take it in turns to choose a location to pray over.
Make a change for the climate… and pray while doing it
There are simple changes you could make during COP27 that help tackle climate change. When we come together to make changes like these, it can have a real impact. Commit to one or more of these during COP27. As you then carry out these activities, spend time in prayer for COP27 using our prayer points above.
- Where possible, walk, cycle or get public transport instead of using a car.
- Eat less meat or eat meat sourced locally.
- Only drink fairtrade tea or coffee.
- Cut down on single use plastic; only use a refillable water bottle.