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Prayer: Caring for creation

Creator God,
we thank you for the beauty of your Creation,
and for giving us the privilege of caring for it.

We confess that we have not cared for the earth
with the self-sacrificing and nurturing love that you require of us.
We mourn the broken relationships in creation.
We repent for our part in causing the current environmental crisis
that has led to climate change.

Faithful God, Sustainer of all—
we pray with hope,
because you are already at work through Christ
to reconcile all of creation to Yourself and to renew all things.

Loving God,
help us to turn our lives around to be people of restoration.
Help us build just relationships among human beings and with the rest of creation.
Help us to live sustainably, rejecting consumerism and the exploitation of creation.

God of justice,
give us courage and persistence to work for justice
for those most affected by environmental degradation and climate change.

God of mercy,
hear the cry of the poor who are already suffering
and will continue to suffer water and food shortages
and who will be displaced by climate change.

Creator God,
give us your Spirit to work together to restore your creation
and to hand on a safe environment and climate to our children and theirs.
Let our care for creation be our act of worship and obedience to you.
Your kingdom come, and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

~ from “Pray Act 8 Days” posted on the Micah Challenge website.

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