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 contained in our online Advent calendar, on each Saturday. 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.

 

 

Candlemas prayer (if transferred to Sunday 5 Feb)

Father,

As we think of the faith-filled lives

of Simeon and Anna,

we thank you for the faithful prayers,

wisdom and witness,

of the older members of our congregation.

We are mindful of all they continue to do for us in our church,

and for their intercessions for vulnerable children and young people,

which you hear and honour.

Amen

           

Sunday 5 February

A prayer inspired by Matthew 5.13-20

Lord,

Our laws do not always bring justice for all,

their purpose not always fulfilled.

Our policies are not always right,

for those already struggling.

Vulnerable children’s lives

can be unintentionally disadvantaged.

Enable us, Lord, to be effective advocates

as we help people understand the issues.

And inspire us, Lord, as we campaign

for change to overcome disadvantage.

Lord, I don’t always find it easy to be your salt to those around me.

Help me to trust that you will show me how to live my life to glorify you.

Amen.

 

Sunday 12 February

`Leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.’ Matthew 5.24

Loving God,

So many children’s lives

are blighted by anger:

So many children are distressed

by the actions of adults;

So many children feel undervalued and ignored.

We need to put things right with them,

to bring reconciliation for the times,

when we may have hurt and abandoned them.

Bless the work of The Children’s Society

as it listens to the voice of children,

as it values the contribution of children

and heals the hurts of children.

Amen

 

Sunday 19 February

Prayer by The Children’s Society 2014

Lord, we thank you that you are the source of all wisdom;

we cry out to you for wisdom for all those who care for children.

We pray for all parents and carers

as they seek to give children understanding, love and security.

We pray for everyone involved in the life of The Children’s Society

as it seeks to reach out to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children.

At this time of political and social uncertainty

we pray for local and national politicians,

and all those statutory and voluntary agencies who have to make tough decisions.

Grant to each person the knowledge of your presence with them,

and the wisdom that will enable them to show your care to all.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,

Amen

 

Sunday 26 February

Do you have a special holy place? Take time to go there (even if it can only be in your imagination). Or try to pop into an open church – maybe there is one near your workplace? Spend a few moments of quality time with God.*

A way into prayer based on 2 Peter 1.16-21

Peter remembered the transfiguration of Christ right to the end of his life. 

The impact of seeing Jesus in his glory, made his witness so powerful.

Reflect on time when the Glory of God spoke to your heart.

As Peter reflected on the meaning

of hearing God’s voice from heaven,

Everything became clear – it all made sense.

Remember a time when God helped you make sense of your life

and enabled you to move forward.

In his ministry, Peter speaks of the gifts of the Holy Spirit,

who enables us to speak and interpret the Word,

who is our paraclete – our comforter.

Think of times when God was especially close to you,

and give thanks.

 

*sourced from Roots On The Web