Climate talks limp over the line
Join us in praying for the upcoming COP 23 climate talks, asking the God who ‘is before all things, and in him all things hold together’ (Colossians 1:17) to prompt good negotiations and turn the Paris Agreement into action.
In August this year, huge – catastrophic – floods in South Asia left 1,200 people dead across India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Around 41 million people were hit by the devastation.
It’s hard to comprehend such large numbers, but what is most important is they’re about people created in the image of God, each one infinitely important, each one with hopes and dreams. Across the world, climate change is making floods like this more common and intense, hitting the poorest people hardest.
As the global Church, we must take action and persuade governments to do more to tackle the problem, particularly rich countries who have contributed most to making it historically. We can all speak up, and make lifestyle changes to reduce our individual impact.
Prayer is also crucial. We’re commanded to ‘pray in the Spirit… with all kinds of prayers and requests’ (Ephesians 6:18). When we pray we’re speaking to a mighty and powerful God. We’re praying to a God who moves mountains and calms storms. He created all things in heaven and on earth – including thrones, powers, rulers and authorities (Colossians 1:17). When we pray, it is powerful.
Praying fixes our eyes on Jesus ‘the firstborn over all creation’ (Colossians 1: 16) and reminds us of His work to redeem and renew the world. When we pray, we are choosing to join God in his transformation!
We can easily start acting in our own strength, but real and lasting change comes about when we speak up inspired by and in God’s power.
Join us in prayer for the upcoming COP 23 climate talks, asking the God who ‘is before all things, and in him all things hold together’ (Colossians 1:17) to prompt good negotiations and turn the Paris Agreement into action.
The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has brought together the world's leading climate scientists to release a major new report on the effects of climate change.