Each Sunday we offer a prayer reflecting on issues in the news or in the life of The Children's Society.
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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.
Based on John 1.10–18
Through whom the world had its beginning,
be at the centre of this year’s beginning.
You came to your world, yet the world did not recognise you,
inspire us to seek renewal over recognition.
The Word became flesh and lived among us,
may all we do be a reflection of your presence.
You welcome those who should be turned away,
thank you for giving us the honour of being called your children.
From your abundance we receive grace upon grace,
may this story be the one we live out throughout this year.
Based on Isaiah 43.1–7
What did we do to deserve your faithfulness? Why do you lavish us with such great promises? We can find no reason beside your grace. Yet we are hemmed in by your promises that:
‘When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned’
We cannot understand why you say we cannot understand why you say we are precious in your sight.
May we walk in great confidence and strength because of your promises, so that all your children will feel precious, and honoured, and loved.
Based on Psalm 36.5–10
‘How precious is your steadfast love, O God!’
We could sing of your love forever, may our praise arise anew every morning.
Even when we don’t feel like worshipping, may our lives bring joy to those with few reasons to sing.
‘Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains’
Strengthen us to tread the costly and treacherous path of right living.
Empower us to be unafraid of speaking out for the most vulnerable young people in our society.
Based on Psalm 19
God of the ages,
You alone can justify. You alone can judge.
Therefore, let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you.
Break my desire for others’ approval.
Challenge me when I choose comfort over generosity.
Remove anything unacceptable within my heart.
And replace it with:
A desire to give others approval and, in humility, to regard others as better than myself.
A generosity that challenges those who seek first their own comfort over your Kingdom.
A heart that seeks to please an audience of one. O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Based on 1 Corinthians 13
God of love,
I could do it all. I could give away all I possess to the poor.
But what would I gain?
Sovereign Lord, remind us that it is not about what I gain. It is about love. A love to be found in community.
We ask that you would show us who to love today. Break the barrier between us and them. So that we would all be of one heart and mind. So that we would share our possessions rather than give them. So that there would be no needy person among us because our love for one another never ends.