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 this month below, or available as a pdf. You may also be interested in our past prayers and our prayers on topical issues.

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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.

3 July

Based on Psalm 30

God in the brokenness,
The world can bring us to tears;
hurt, suffering and pain can overwhelm us.
Thank you, that your Son was like us,
a man of sorrows, despised and familiar with pain
Thank you, that weeping may linger for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.
Thank you, that when families break free from poverty,
or when the chains of injustice are broken
you turn our mourning into dancing.
Amen 

10 July

A prayer based on Luke 10.25-37 

‘Who is my neighbour?’
That young family with noisy kids?
No, not them Lord, they might interrupt our service.

‘Who is my neighbour?’
Those teenagers I cross the road to avoid?
No, not them Lord, they wouldn’t come near our church.

‘Who is my neighbour?’
The family of refugees who have just arrived?
No, not them Lord, they don’t speak our language.

Lord, forgive us when we are not the ones to show mercy.
When we put limits on whom we should love.
When we make rules that keep people out of your fold.
Your love is boundless, help ours to be the same.
This we pray with all our heart, mind, soul and strength.
Amen

17 July

A prayer based on Luke 10.38-42
 

Servant King,
You chose to serve, not to be served.
Thank you, for your living and everlasting example.
We come to you, often worried and distracted by many good things, even serving you.
It comes so naturally to us.
When we see the abuse and neglect of young people in our nation, our hearts’ cry is to make it stop. Thank you that you are beside us in our cry.
Let us not forget that you are the Saviour of the World. Forgive us when we try to be the world’s saviour and serve you in our strength alone.
Let us sit at your feet.
Let us be inspired afresh today.
So that we choose the better path, which you promise will not be taken away from us.
We pray this in your holy name
Amen

 

24 July

A prayer based on Luke 11.1-13

Giver of good gifts,
We ask to be filled with the Holy Spirit today.
We ask that you would give us patience when evil appears to triumph.
We ask that we would bring peace when we see despair.

We seek to hear your voice speak to us today.
We seek a transformed nation that glorifies you.
We seek to be a community where young people are welcomed.

We knock because we want to enter your presence today.
We knock because we want to see doors opened.
We knock because we know that our prayers must become actions.
Amen

 31 July

A prayer based on Hosea 11.1-11

Ever loving God,
if you would lead a nation with cords of human kindness,
and bands of love,
how much more do you long to lead each little one living in poverty
to a new and spacious life of plenty?

Lead them now, ever loving God,
to new circumstances we pray;
where needs can be expressed, and met.
Where fear and stigma fall away,
and equality comes.
And where childhood feels safe again.

Lead us, ever loving God -
to pray and live in a new way
which looks beyond the surface,
and goes beyond our comfort zone,
until ever childhood is safe again.
Amen