Praying Through Creation

Genesis 1 : 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

You may wish to complete this creation prayer in one sitting, or you may wish to work through it on the seven consecutive days.

 

 Day 1. Genesis 1: 1-5 Get up very early as the darkness turns into light. Thank God for this new day and remember that whatever happens today God will be with you.

And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

 

Day 2. Genesis 1: 6-8 Now and throughout the day remember that all you need for life itself has been given to you by God, including the air you breathe.  Slow down your breathing and notice each breath in and out, and be thankful.

And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

 

Day 3. Genesis 1: 9-13 Consider the abundance of plant life on Earth and the areas in which they grow. Deciduous forests and grasslands, deserts and tropical forests, high plateaus and coastlines. And join with God in declaring that it is good.

And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

 

Day 4. Genesis 1: 14-19 Go outside in the light of the sun and picture the moon, stars, and planets and stand in awe of God’s infinite majesty. Remember that although these images may make you seem small and insignificant, God cares for all his creation and you are loved by Him.

Think about the photo of the Earth floating in space. It is our home and It is beautiful beyond words. It is God’s gift to us and so we must treasure it.

And there was evening, and there was morning—the forth day.

 

Day 5. Genesis 1: 20-23 Imagine standing on the seashore in a storm, watching the waves crash onto the shore and witness the power of Creation.

Think about the fish and other creatures that live in the seas.  Remember the images of plastic polluting our seas and how that impacts on the wildlife. Ask for God’s forgiveness for our disregard of this habitat.

Reflect on the spring we have just had and the abundance of birds and their songs we have witnessed in our locked down lives that has helped to cheered us.

And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.

 

Day 6. Genesis 1: 24-31 Consider the diversity of the animal life that walks on the surface of the earth, each with its part to play in the life cycle of the Earth, and the dependence each has on another.  Resolve to be a better steward of God’s creation

Genesis 2 :15 ‘The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it’.

Be humbled that God made you and all the other people who have ever lived, men and women of all races, in His image.  Ask God to help you to love your neighbour as yourself.

Praise God because he is Almighty and Everlasting and because there is no limit to what he has created.

And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

 

Day 7. Genesis 2: 1-3 In the evening take time to watch the sun set and be thankful that whatever has happened to you today God was with you.

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Rest in the Lord and together with of all created things, in earth and sea and sky, proclaim God’s glory.

 

Prayer Walk Around Your Home

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”  Psalm 46

This prayer walk will give you time to give thanks for what you have, but also to bring before God those people and things which need special care and attention at present. You may also wish to use the time to become aware of how much you own, and ask God to highlight for you the things you don’t need so that you can change your habits and lifestyle in the future.

Start in the Bedroom/s

Call to mind the family members who sleep in these rooms every night and thank God for them.  Remember any visitors who sleep in your spare rooms, if you have them, as well as your friends and family who are unable visit at the moment.  Ask God to end this virus quickly so that we can all be together again soon

Move to the bathroom

Turn on the tap and let the water run over your fingers. Be thankful for this constant supply of clean water, as well as for warm baths and showers which keep us smelling fresh.  Give thanks for your flushing toilet and think of those in our world who do not have this luxury.

Open the medicine cabinet.  Pray for the scientists working on a vaccine for Covid 19 that they will be successful.  Pray for NHS workers to be protected. Thank God for modern medicine and our access to it.

Go into the room where you eat your meals.

Think about the meals you have shared around a table both in your home and in the homes of others. Pray that this will soon be possible once again and give thanks for the joys of fellowship and hospitality. Bring to mind the sharing of bread and wine around God’s table in memory of Jesus’s sacrifice for us and give thanks.

Now go to the sitting room. 

Bring to mind, and be thankful for, all the things that aid our relaxation; music, books, tv’s, crosswords, sewing, computers etc. Remember a happy time spent in this room. Ask God to show you how to use your time wisely even in lockdown.

Flick on the light switch and pray for those who work to keep our energy supplied.

In the kitchen

Look in the fridge and the food cupboards.  Be thankful for all the produce that you have available.  Pray for CAP, Lord’s Larder and all those who are buying food for their neighbours and elderly relatives at present.  Give thanks and pray for the farmers, growers, delivery drivers, and shop workers working to keep our food cupboards stocked up.

Think about your bin and give thanks for those who collect your rubbish and recycling. Take time to think about the rubbish that you produce and ask God to show you ways that you can reduce this.

Go to the front or back door and think about those who are homeless, those in refugee camps, in orphanages, living as street children. Lift up each one before God who knows and loves them all.

Pray for those who live on their own and are feeling especially isolated. Ask God’s protection and peace to be poured out on those for whom home has become a prison of loneliness or a place of danger.

With all these thoughts in mind give thanks if your home has become a place of safety and refuge for you at the moment, and remember that

“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.” Nahum 1:7

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