‘Maranatha’: my invitation to God for COP26

What is befalling us has been of our making, because we ‘like sheep have gone astray, each one to his own way.’ Let us return together to the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls, and call on His Spirit, who will return to us if we tarry for Him, just as Jesus said at his ascension. We need to covenant in permanent partnership with God to co-create a good and better future here in heaven-earth, to His glory. We surely cannot do this alone, in the strength of our own uncoordinated efforts, spurred on only by the worthy cajoling of a few wise owls and energetic youths waving placards in city streets.

“If we don’t act now, it’ll be too late.” That’s the warning from Sir David Attenborough ahead of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. The broadcaster says the richest nations have “a moral responsibility” to help the world’s poorest. And it would be “really catastrophic” if we ignored their problems, he told me in a BBC News interview. “Every day that goes by in which we don’t do something about it is a day wasted,” he said.

Climate change: Sir David Attenborough in ‘act now’ warning By David Shukman Science editor

Today, Sunday 31st October 2021, leaders, negotiators, NGOs (non-governmental organisations) and activist protestors are gathering in Glasgow.

Holy Spirit of God, please Presence Yourself there also.

Spirit descend

In the story of Noah’s life with You, we read that after the great judgement, and when the Ark had come to peace on the surface of the seas, you commanded that he set loose the birds to discover if there was a place for a new home for all Your creatures. At the last journey, the bird returned with a sign of New Life. Even so, come Lord!

At the beginning of all things, we read that your Spirit came down to settle the dark chaos. Even so, come Lord!

In the river of Jordan you came to your cousin, John, and commanded that he baptise you, that everything should be completed. Your Father spoke from heaven of common sonship, and You, Great Spirit of God, were said to come down in physical form, like a dove, showing that New Life is coming to all. Even so, come Lord! We would that you come to us, Trinity of God, step down from earth to water, and fill the air with Your presence and Your approval once more.

Spirit hover

And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Spirit of God, come to encounter with us, with your creatures and your world, our world, which we have not cared for. We have again released chaos into land, water and air, and we are sorry. Hover over your Earth once more, and bring us into counsel with you about what can be created in this day, and in the next; in the two weeks of this conference.

Spirit brood

You were not ashamed to be figured as birds in the narratives of old: even as a mother hen, who would gather her chicks to her, having laid and hatched them by Your gift, and call to them to return under her wings when danger is seen. Lord God, you hear the Alarm, and you indeed see what peril we are in. Come brood over us, and conceive in us your partnership plan for bringing New life and Healing to birth. Make us a saviour sibling to Your sacred Creation, to serve it and live our lives well for it, as an unseparated twin, a sacrificial servant, just as you modelled for us in Christ.

Unless a grain of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone.

Spirit, still

Creator God, we cannot bring calm to the chaos in our climate. We call to you for your aid in bringing stillness and calm where we have caused disaster by our pollution and excessive consumption, without consideration or care for the consequences. You see how the graphs rise horrifically- the levels of gases and their effects on the temperature and weather. Bring your gift of stillness Lord, that we may know that You are God of the whole world.

We look for your bow in the sky above Glasgow: your sign of covenant promise given to Noah that you will not destroy the earth again by flood. As the COP26 conference is gathering in a storm of human dysfunction and recriminations, of anger over the accumulated injustices of generations, we hold out our hands in faith to receive your spirit of Shalom Peace over all the speaking and listening that happens there. May words of kindness and covenant be spoken to turn away wrath.

Rainbow over the Finnieston neighbourhood of Glasgow, a mile west of the City Centre where COP26 is being held.

Spirit illumine

Creating God of all Providence, as You made all and gave life to all from your very Own Light, we ask you to bring your illumination again to the New Creation that is your will in this Day. All we have comes from you, and life relies on light. You are Light and the life of all mankind. Dispel our darkness and shine on us Today. Enlighten your whole earth we pray.

Spirit blow

Man is like grass, you tell us, and your Wind blows over it; it is gone and its place remembers it no more. But Lord we would remind you that you promise to give us a hope and a future, and that your Spirit will contend with us for a short while. You even promise to fill us with your very self, that we can be carried along by your Wind, in ways that men cannot understand. Come again, Spirit of God, breathe on your world, breathe in your people, and move in the air with us to do mysteries of healing.

Spirit breathe

21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” [John 20:21f ESV]

Spirit groan

Forgive us, Lord, for what You made ‘very good’ we have destroyed. We are ashamed, for the creation is groaning, the creatures are dying, the plants are burning, and the so-valuable soil is washed away. The air is full of filth, and we now realise, with complete horror that both we and our fathers have sinned against You. Truly, we are undone before You.

Spirit of God, we are comforted to know that you are willing to come again into this mess that we have made and to mourn with us.

26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

Romans 8 ESV

Lord, lead us in the road of repentance to the good works that You have prepared in advance for us to do.

Spirit ignite

Father God, you see the industrial-scale fires that we have lit in forests and woodlands everywhere, and then also the fires that started themselves where the land became parched and hot. For thousands of years we have been at war with your beautiful trees. Help us to put all these fires out.

Yet we see your power in the picture of the flame- as with any fire, power must be used wisely. Beyond all our sense and logic, you visited your apostles and disciples with fire in the secret room to infuse them with such Life- the very life of GOD!- that their natures were visibly transcended before one another, just as Moses was seen by the Israelites on descending the mountain. What does this picture say to us, O Lord? I see that your true fire really does purify your people deep within, so that you can come in with us- to sup with us. And then the work that we do can truly be a joint work of God and God’s holy people. So purify us now Lord, and partner with us, in particular the work of the Christian Climate Observers programme at the COP26 conference.

Spirit sing

In Your first Garden you planted trees to symbolise Life and a sharing in your very nature. But on your own terms, which we ignored. Yet you did not destroy us all then in judgement, but decided that your Life would continue, even to New Creation, and so we continue to live in hope. Thank you for keeping the Tree of Life growing in your New Jerusalem, which you are preparing even now. We thank you for the prophecy of the Singing Ringing Tree on the hills above Burnley, England, where the wind blows, and makes audible music through the sculpture.

The Lord your God is in your midst,

    a mighty one who will save;

he will rejoice over you with gladness;

    he will quiet you by his love;

he will exult over you with loud singing.

Zephaniah 3 17

I am trusting in the Great I AM! Let the wind blow.

Spirit speak!

Matthew 10: 16-20 “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. 

Spirit of God, speak sovereign words of Creation in this day, in this conference, and in the world that then unfolds before You. Your Word is mighty and powerful, even bringing seasons of desolation and judgement. Yet you blessed the generations that followed with peace and joy.

Psalm 46:6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
    he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

Come, behold the works of the Lord,
    how he has brought desolations on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
    he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the chariots with fire.

Lord God, please bring to an end the destruction that we have done, where we have practised injustice on the weak all over the world. Give us words Lord, to all in common and also to your people, to speak truth to power and raise a standard of justice so that the materials of your creation are deployed only for the common good. Speak peace through us Lord, to end this War on the World.

Spirit energise!!

God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we praise you for your great power throughout the universe displayed, and especially here on Earth. In the time of Elijah, your prophet called upon you, and you answered him in Witness from heaven- the God Who answers by fire- He is God!!! You have given us power- your human creatures, and we have released great powers from the earth that have almost run out of our control. Lord, we pray to You now- meet us on the mountain in Glasgow and in your world- answer us with your power, and empower your people to be effective witnesses to the God of Creation and Salvation in our Logos Lord Jesus Christ. Bring Your order here on earth, we pray, as you anoint the work of this conference.

In your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another [your false steps, your offenses], and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power]. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours [with the same physical, mental, and spiritual limitations and shortcomings], and he prayed [d]intensely for it not to rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. 18 Then he prayed again, and the sky gave rain and the land produced its crops [as usual].

James 5:16-17 AMP

Energise our prayers, Spirit of God, with Your dunamis power, as we learn to pray them with You, so that Your lordship is seen over air and land: that rain falls as and when it should, that it comes in season, and as a blessing, and that the soil will be preserved everywhere it is found, and that it bears all its fruits as you first determined.

That the earth is healed, in Jesus’ Name!

Even so, Come Lord Jesus!

(c) 2021 Stephen Thompson

Published by Stephen Thompson

Thinking inside the box is to be recommended for many reasons. I am creating this blog in May 2020 as we are encouraged to stay inside our boxes as far as possible, though we are allowed out- encouraged out, indeed- for exercise. By blogging, our thinking can also be allowed out for public exercise. Right now we need new thinking, new exercising of our mental faculties, and collective application of our thinking to the big idea of a healthy collective future. I am trialling my thinking in constructive theology, science and leadership in the light of my experience as a science teacher, theological student and as a representative of the Christian community in the county of Kent, in the UK. I welcome your partnership!

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