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 month below. You may also be interested in our past prayers.

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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.

 

Lent prayers

These prayers are taken from our Lent materials, weekly reflection sheets to help you reflect on some of the issues arising in the Lenten lectionary gospel passages. 

 

22 February

Heavenly God,

your Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness where he experienced need and temptation.

May your same Spirit drive us out of our places of comfort

and wake us up to the needs of those who suffer in destitution through debt and neglect.

Move us to be compassionate and willing to sacrifice our wants

and to be generous in sharing ourselves and our resources,

so as to satisfy the needs of others. 

Amen

 

1 March

Loving God,

you called your Son, Jesus to face the suffering and hardship of the cross. 

In following your Son, you call us to face suffering and hardship for the sake of the good news.

Help us to carry our cross with courage as we walk alongside others

filled with hope that our self-denial will lead to the joy of the resurrection. 

Amen

 

8 March

Creator God, you formed us and you hold us in each moment.

Deep within us is a desire to worship you in body and in spirit.

We give you all the moments of our daily lives,

all that is good and worthy as well as all that is messed up.

Help us to know your presence in the marketplace, in our work, in our homes and in our hearts

so that in all things we give you honour and glory. 

Amen

 

15 March

Compassionate God,

we look up at the cross and we glimpse into the depth of your love.

Help us to open our lives and our homes to others, especially those who are hurting.

May our families be places of welcome,

so that the stranger becomes mother, father, sister and brother.

Amen

 

22 March

Renewing God, you show us in creation how death gives way to new life.

In our Lenten journey help us to let go of our old self to make way for new life,

as you transform us into your likeness.

Give us boundless hope in your power to change us and to change the lives of others,

as you continue your work of renewing the face of the earth. 

Amen

 

29 March

Faithful God, we come before you in weakness, with our doubts and failures. 

Give us the courage to believe and to speak of you,

so that the small spark of faith in our hearts

can fan into a burning fire bringing hope to a cold and dark world.

As we enter into the mysteries of Holy Week,

help us to know that nothing can separate us from your love, not even death. 

Amen