Praying for God’s World
Our world is layered in climate-related calamities, looming ecological collapse, and political chaos, with a pandemic amplifying it all. Many who take these crises seriously cannot help but grieve with a deep sense of distress and even helplessness. We, as Christians, certainly hold on to the hope that the resurrected Christ will heal and restore everything. We can cry to the Lord for relief and rescue while lending a hand to the hurting.
Now we have an opportunity to do so, joining many Christians from around the world in intercessory prayer for the climate crisis.
The Climate Intercessors is a global initiative organized jointly by a number of international Christian organizations, including A Rocha International. Monthly online prayer events for different time zones will be held in the next 10 months that focus on lamenting in the midst of these crises, while pleading for the Lord’s presence in the global and local efforts for mitigation, adaptation, and reduction of suffering. This initiative is organized in the leadup to COP26.
What is COP26? And why? In addressing the climate crisis, 2021 is a crucial year related to global governance and collective efforts to address climate change. The 26th UN Climate Conference (COP26, UNFCCC) is to be held later in November in Glasgow, Scotland. This conference will bring together official representatives, as well as civil society members, from 190+ nations in order to consolidate and finalize the implementation mechanisms of the Paris Climate Accord adopted in 2015. Essential milestones and decisions will have to be reached during the conference with significant impacts on the global efforts to address climate change for many years to come.
This initiative of regular and focused prayer is part of our “faithful presence” as Christ’s followers to manifest his engagement, full of grace and truth, in the world (c.f. John 1:14). Such presence, particularly concerning the climate crisis, can be seen in ways ranging from reducing our energy consumption, planting trees and restoring wetlands, to engaging in corporate decisions and global governance concerning climate related mitigation and adaptation challenges. As Christians, we also see a need to meet the need for, as one of our international colleagues puts it, continuous intercessory prayer.