By Jeremy Brown, Christian Climate Action
Last June, on the anniversary of the D-Day, I was travelling by ferry to Portsmouth from Normandy, not far from the original landings, when I was struck by a fascinating article from the Evangelical Times. It outlines how King George VI had rallied the nation to prayer for the brave troops, in the crucial make or break moment for World War II.
General Montgomery, for example prayed, ‘Let us pray that the Lord, mighty in battle, will give us victory’. But would the same God who parted the Red Sea and gave victory in the battles for the Promised Land, work again, in 1944? It seemed the answer was yes!
Soon after the national day of prayer, the weather took a sudden turn and the storm fooled the Nazis into believing the allies would call off the mission to Normandy. The Times commented that the most windy month in Normandy for at least 20 years, found so many German troops without officers, and why enemy coastal units were having exercises at the time of the landings.
General Eisenhower declared ‘If there was nothing else in my life to prove the existence of an almighty God, the events of the next 24 hours did it’. Because soon after, there appeared to be another miraculous change in weather, with winds easing by enough to allow the troops to complete the invasion, with the Germans still unprepared.
This got me thinking – in this crucial moment for the Extinction Rebellion, has the time come for another national call to prayer? Never before in our planet’s long history have we needed God’s help more – because the next few weeks and months might just be our last chance to limit the deadly risk of runaway climate breakdown, and the resulting collapse of industrial civilisation.
Mark 11 v24: Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
This is why ‘Your Planet Needs You’ to turn up to Lambeth Bridge on Monday 7th October – to pray your hearts out for the brave rebels that will be resisting the police (possibly for the sake of our very survival). Turning up to join the non-violent bridge-block would be great, and very-much needed, but for those who can’t then we mustn’t forget that prayer is our most powerful weapon!
The prayer event itself will be between 11:30 am and 2pm on the 7th October, attended by bishops and charities (like Tearfund), that will be lining the surrounding pavements. See here for the facebook event, which covers the whole 2 week uprising, and here for more on the faith bridge.
See you there !