With 25,000 – 30,000 delegates and world leaders from over 190 nations coming to Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November, COP26 is the largest event ever to be held in Scotland, and one of the largest ever in the UK.
The need to cover this event with prayer is clear. The decisions made in Glasgow will impact the world, for good or for bad, for years to come. More immediately, we need to pray for the peace and security of Glasgow, the rest of Scotland and the UK during this time, recognising that many who would seek to cause disruption and violence around the nation may use the focus on Glasgow as a reason for attempting – either there or elsewhere.
Prayer networks and churches throughout the UK and globally are combining to pray before, during and after COP26. As prayer resources are produced and plans developed we will add the details and links to this page so do keep checking for the latest information.
Being informed: Watch this 1 hour talk by Ben Richards, a climate scientist and YWAM member explaining COP26, climate change and the role of intercession. http://bit.do/climateandcop26
A set of TearFund videos designed for home groups with Katharine Hayhoe (USA) a leading Christian climate scientist. https://www.tearfund.org/campaigns/christianity-and-climate-change-film-series
General prayer resources: Several good general prayer resources are already available.
Tearfund – https://www.tearfund.org/campaigns/cop26
31 daily blessings based on interacting with creation: God, The Planet and Me – recommend for individual use. www.houseofglory.org.uk
Praying before COP26: Praying for the key locations in Glasgow – 4 min video:
Prayer walking: If you live in or near Glasgow and want to prayer walk key locations – organise your own times or contact YWAM for dates/times at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pray for Scotland: 21 Days of Prayer with reflections and prayer points contributed from around the UK, 11 – 31 October. Receive a daily prompt to pray by signing up here.
Day of Humility: Saturday 30 October. A day to humble ourselves, fast (for those led to) and seek God’s face before the conference starts. Details to follow.
Canopy of praise: Not just in Glasgow but throughout the nation, on at least one evening during COP hold an evening of praise, worship & intercession for the conference, preferably with one or two other local churches – worshipping the God who created us all and praying for the peace and security of Glasgow and the nation, for God’s agenda and decisions to prevail, for the outreaches on Glasgow’s streets and revival in the nation.
The main city-wide praise evening will be on Friday 5 November. This will be live streamed for those unable to attend in person. Details to follow in the Daily Updates.
Daily prayer: Join in at midday your time throughout the world, find a green space and pray, covering each day in global intercession.
Online prayer sessions: Join the global zoom calls, 6pm UK time on Saturday 30 October, Wednesday 3 & 10 November, Friday 12 November. Details to follow in the Daily Updates.