COP26 – 21 DAYS OF PRAYER: DAY 15
‘RISE UP’ – A SONG FOR COP26
“And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” [Micah 6:8]
“Do you know what I want? I want justice—oceans of it. I want fairness—rivers of it.” [Amos 5: 24. The Message]
In praying about the COP26 conference taking place in my “dear green place” of Glasgow, I felt the Lord calling me to pen a song for the event, a song that would hopefully reach many including the delegates and attendees of the conference and which would contain the word of God and seek to put God and the just and fair care for His world on the table.
The verses above, from Micah and Amos, were brought to mind and feature in the song: Rise Up. Our church musicians, David & John were soon on board as were Janey and Evans from Mwana Ministries (Lusaka). Zambian children and puppets give the video an international appeal! Pray that this project may be used of God for His glory.
Actions voice our faith. God calls us to be just and merciful; to demonstrate justice and fairness. As we act out and speak out our faith, God will be glorified and his purposes of grace will be fulfilled.
The motto of Glasgow is “Let Glasgow Flourish.” The words come from a sermon preached by Kentigern, who we now known as Saint Mungo. In his preaching, Mungo declared that his prayer for Glasgow would be, “Lord, let Glasgow Flourish by the preaching of Thy word and the praising of Thy name.” A reminder to us all that this is the only way for the church to flourish and grow!
- Pray for our church in Scotland to lovingly and powerfully preach the gospel of Christ and to present God in Christ as Creator and Saviour.
- As we preach Christ and praise Him, may God and the power of the gospel renew the church and our nation.
- Pray that Christian organisations at the conference will be led by the Holy Spirit to have many fruitful conversations with those attending.
Ken is the Minister of Prestongrange Church of Scotland, Prestonpans, East Lothian
His song (and video): Rise Up – is available through YouTube here:
Rise Up Song for COP26 Glasgow – YouTube and also from major music streaming channels (Spotify, Amazon Music etc, from 25 October).
DAY OF HUMILITY: SATURDAY 30 OCTOBER
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” [2 Chron 7:14]
In partnership with Pray for Scotland and the World Prayer Centre, Youth with a Mission (YWAM) have proposed that the day before COP26 formally opens, Saturday 30 October, be set aside by the church nationwide as a Day of Humility. Here is the background YWAM have issued:
We all desire to see God’s will be done ‘here on earth as it is in heaven’ [Matt 6:10]. In order even to know the will of God and know how to pray over the next 2 weeks of COP26, we have to start from a place of deep humility and surrender. On Saturday 30th, we invite you join us for a Day of Humility before the Lord. Here is how you can join in. Ask the Lord if and how you could fast. For some that may be a ‘water only’ fast, a juice fast, fast certain foods, social media or something else. It could be one meal, one day or longer. Follow the lead of Holy Spirit and what He is inviting you into.
Put aside time, on your own or with others, to be humble before the Lord. Allow the Lord to guide you through these principles: ‘Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise’ [Ps 100:4]. Thank and praise God for who He is.
‘Examine me, O God’ [Ps 139:23-24] Repent of anything the Lord shows you that is separating you from His presence.
‘My thoughts are not your thoughts’ [Is 55:8] We choose to lay aside our own earthly desires and thoughts.
‘Resist the devil and he will flee from you’. [Jas 4:7] Acknowledge there is an enemy and you won’t listen to him.
‘In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness’ [Rom 8:26] Acknowledge that we do not know how to pray, and Holy Spirit is faithful to help us and intercede for us.
From 6.00pm – 7.30pm there will be an online prayer gathering to commit ourselves in humility together. For Zoom login details email email@example.com
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