Rise To The Moment Prayer

by Guest Contributor

Join us in prayer as we 'Rise To The Moment' and pray for the future of our shared planet.

Rise To The Moment Prayer

Dear Father,

The Young Christian Climate Network is journeying along the length of our island in their
pilgrimage to the COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow. In your name, they ask for climate
justice and fair climate finance for all nations. Bless everyone involved in the relay – those
walking, those involved in local celebrations, those online, and those joining in prayer. Inspire all
of us to seek change, and put compassion and understanding into the hearts of governments
and decision-makers. In this crucial year for the future of our earth, help us to rise to the
moment.

Father strengthen us, and lead us to justice.

People of all ages and across the world have campaigned for climate justice. Today, we listen to
the call of young Christians. Help us to support and nurture the young people in our lives. Bless
the young people living in communities that are suffering the effects of climate change, and who
are fearful for their lives, homes, and futures. Inspire young people in the UK and elsewhere to
seek justice for their brothers and sisters across the world, and to take action for what they
believe in. Open the hearts of governments to listen to the voices of their young citizens. Help
us to rise to the moment.

Father strengthen us, and lead us to justice.

For decades now nations all over the world, and particularly in the Global South, have been
experiencing climate change in their daily lives. We pray for those who are suffering from
extreme weather events, rising temperatures, food insecurity, rising sea levels, and floods. We
pray for those who are exploited and harmed in order to supply our greed for fossil fuels. Help
us to show love for our global brothers and sisters through our actions, and through planning for
real change at COP26. Help us to rise to the moment.

Father strengthen us, and lead us to justice.

Our world is vastly unequal. We pray for those who live in poverty, and especially for those who
have faced destitution because of climate change. We pray for nations who are going into debt
in an attempt to recover from natural disasters. We ask forgiveness for our complicity in this
inequality, and ask for your strength to fight for change. Inspire the governments at COP26 to
make decisions for fair climate finance that benefits all nations. Help us to rise to the moment.

Father strengthen us, and lead us to justice.

Many are still feeling the repercussions of the Covid pandemic. We pray for those who are
mourning loved ones, experiencing ill health, or suffering from loss of livelihood. In this moment
of rebuilding our communities afresh, help us to work towards sustainability, equality, and peace.
Inspire us and our governments to build back better. Help us to rise to the moment.

Father strengthen us, and lead us to justice.

Today, this year, and always, help us all to rise to the moment. We ask this for the sake of your
Son, our saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Young Christian Climate Network