A prayer based on Psalm 46
A prayer based on Psalm 46 by Ruth Jarman
“God is our refuge and strength,
an ever present help in trouble
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, ”
a source of blessing to refresh us as we fight the enemy.
Pour on us your spirit, O Lord, and equip us for battle.
Do not fail us now when we need your sustaining power.
Give us the time, Lord, to defeat climate change before it takes your world to wrack and ruin,
Give us the energy and hope we need to keep going when all seems lost,
Give us the funding to do battle against rich vested interests,
Give us the people with the necessary talent and wisdom that comes from you.
Be our ever present help in these troubled times.
Dispel the night of danger by your dawn of deliverance.
Where leaders stoop to feed our ever growing hunger for more and more, open their eyes to the wisdom of simplicity,
Where governments buy our votes with cheap flights and petrol, open their ears to the laws of nature that are screaming at us to stop pushing their limits.
Lord, make our thirst for fossil fuels cease to the ends of the earth,
break our addiction to dirty energy,
shatter the clutch of consumerism,
quench our desire for more and more material things.
“Be still and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.
The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.”