Is Global Warming Caused By Prayer?

Polar prayer
Christians believe that prayer 'works' – ie. that God promises to respond to it:

"Whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith," Matthew 21:22
"Ask, and you shall receive," John 16:24
"I tell you, whatever you ask, believe that you have received it, & it will be yours." Mark 11:24
"Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do," John 14:13
"The prayer of a righteous person has great power," James 5:16

People – me occasionally included – regularly pray for 'good weather' (ie. hot, sunny days).  Whether it's a loved-one's wedding, an open-air evangelistic meeting, or just the annual church fete, climatic intercession is never too far from our thoughts.  Jesus did calm the storm, after all.

So is it too much to wonder whether the Almighty has been granting all these little faith-filled requests, resulting in cumulative global temperature increase over time?  Did God cause global warming by granting our prayers?

Global-warming handConclusion:
No, it's because we fill the air with carbon dioxide, methane, and ozone.
Nice try though.

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Things I Have Enjoyed Today

1. EASTER EGG HUNT FOR ADULTS
For the second year running, I have shared in Easter Sunday with the Gavan family: yes, the lunch was lovely, but the main attraction was always going to be the egg-hunt.
Easteregghunt

The adults hide stuff around the back garden for the kids to find, and then go into the front garden to hunt down what has been hidden there.  A great tradition.

2. THE SOUND OF WHITE PEOPLE CLAPPING
In my role of worship-leader at church, I chose to start us off this morning by forcing the congregation into a bit of epic, stadium-rock, arms-in-the-air handclapping.  Brilliant stuff, really worked.

ClappingExcept that within 3 bars, a noticable number had switched from the (gospelly, soulful) off-beat to the (WASP) 1st/3rd beats of the bar.  Oh, white people.

3. HUGO BUSH THE HIP-HOP MONSTER

4. RADIO 5 FOOTBALL COMMENTARY
Safe in the hands of Ian Payne, Graham Taylor, Alan Green & Mike Ingham, a quiet afternoon in football-land is perfect for the peopled-out David.
Bbc-radio-5In the Arsenal-Man City game, Arsenal went 1-0 up with a few minutes left.  Immediately, Alan Green said, "I'm going to watch Mario Balotelli now – he's the sort of player who could lose it in a situation like this."  Literally 45 seconds later, Balotelli gets sent off.  Ah Radio 5, you really are very good.

5. SILENCE
At 5:45am, in an unlit church, my vicar and me sitting in vigil, waiting for the Resurrection and the rising of the Sun.