On April 5th, a Global Day of Prayer for Climate Action occurred, with people of faith connecting on their shared value to care for God's creation. Similarly, Interfaith Power and Light is asking all people of faith to join a joint blessing on April 22, at noon your time, during Faith Climate Action Week.
You may do this in congregation or quietly in solitude. It may be done in a house of worship, a park, your home, or backyard. There are no limits to joining this collective expression of divine worship, remembrance, and love.
It's so simple, you don't even have to come with your own prayer because IPL has written one for you. Access the full prayer here.
But, why pray? Søren Kierkegaard famously wrote that “The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” Through prayer, we transform ourselves in a divine outreach that reminds us why we care for creation in the first place. We, people of faith, are governed by a higher being, one that transcends our weaknesses, shortcomings, and transgressions. Prayer renews our spirit, filling it with life and love to share with others. Mahatma Gandhi called prayer 'the most potent instrument of action,' and no greater action is needed at this time than a movement for the climate. Whether we raise our hands to the heavens or prostrate on the floor, we are asking the divine to guide us, individually and collectively toward a path that honors our sacred experience.
In sharing a common prayer, we are not shucking the praxis of our respective tradition; we are reviving the human cause. We are moving, motivating and unifying our human vitality toward a better and blessed tomorrow. Join us as we pray for our climate, for God's mercy, and the love of our fellow human.
May God bless all of His creation
We Hold the Earth We hold brothers and sisters who suffer from storms and droughts intensified by climate change. We hold all species that suffer. We hold world leaders delegated to make decisions for life. We pray that the web of life may be amended through courageous actions to limit carbon emissions. We pray for right actions for adaptation and mitigation to help our already suffering earth community. We pray that love and wisdom might inspire my actions and our actions as communities. . . so that we may, with integrity, look into the eyes of brothers and sisters and all beings and truthfully say, we are doing our part to care for them and the future of the children. May love transform us and our world with new steps toward life.