Prayers of the week

Photograph posed by models | © Shutterstock  Each Sunday we offer a prayer reflecting on issues in the news or in the life of The Children's Society. You can find the prayers for the next month below, or available for download as a PDF.

We would encourage you to use the prayer in your personal devotions, in your church service, or by printing it in your church notice sheet.

However you use them, please do join us as we pray with and for children and young people.

This month's prayers

3 August 

Based on Matthew 14.13-21

Lord Jesus,

During these summer holidays,

we pray for all children, young people and their teachers.

We ask that they have rest, refreshment, joy.


Yet Lord, we remember those for whom summer is difficult,

those who, like you, must care for the little ones;

those who, like your disciples, worry endlessly about food,

those children hungry without their free school meals.


Lord, the gifts of bread and fish became a miracle.

You made sure those who loved you were fed and cared for.

Help us to be disciples, to be miracles,

for all, this month, who might need more than prayer.



10 August

Based on Matthew 14.22-33

Lord of the wind and waves,

we pray for all your children who are stranded,

who cannot come to you, who are drowning

because of family problems, poverty, stress:

all storms of life that pin us in the boat

as faith and hope finally leak away.


Lord, may we support all those families

currently walking on water, whose lives are sinking.

May we support them, hold them up, 

with eyes of faith firmly fixed on you.



17 August 

Based on Matthew 15.10-20; 21-28

Lord, we pray this summer,

for all children not asked round to play,

whose clothes are dirty, whose noses are unwiped,

whose shoes are always broken.

We pray for those called names in the street.


Help us to listen to you. What defiles a person 

is not the outward appearance or action,

but inward pride, smugness, being holier-than-thou, 

always judging others before ourselves.


Lord, we pray this summer:

may we, like you, see the child of God within.

May all find healing and acceptance among true and loving friends.



24 August 

Based on Matthew 16.13-20

Lord Jesus Christ,

we pray for all who are now between schools,

ready to start a new chapter in their lives.


We pray that they will be new foundations

for others; that they may take your love with them;

that they will carry the keys to the kingdom everywhere.


Lord, we thank you that before Peter even began

that journey, you were there, encouraging, loving, 

blessing, inspiring. May we do likewise, always.



31 August

Based on Matthew 16.21-28

Lord Jesus Christ,

as children and teachers prepare to return to school,

may we remember that love entails sacrifice

and that so many things can be stumbling blocks

in the lives of young people:


when we keep children locked away from ‘risk’; 

when we stop them exploring their God-given gifts;

when we veto their choices, or try to impose our own.


Lord, help us to love and trust our children and young people,

to give them breathing space, to help them flourish,

to stand behind and catch them if they fall.


Lord, help us, and them, at every new beginning.