Each Sunday we offer a prayer reflecting on issues in the news or in the life of The Children's Society.
Sign up to our monthly prayer email to pray regularly with us.
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 15.1-8
we need to be connected to you and to one another
to keep us strong and help us to grow.
We pray for children who feel cut off from support,
whose families and neighbourhoods are divided or full of conflict,
who do not have the resources they need
to grow in body, mind or spirit.
Work through us to make connections and build community,
so that everyone may flourish, blossom and bear fruit.
Help us to reach out a hand of friendship
to those who are lonely or being bullied.
Help us to find words of encouragement
for those who afraid to be themselves.
Help us all, together,
to grow into the people
you created us to be.
Based on John 15.9-17
You commanded us to love one another,
and you showed us what love looks like in real life;
yet too many children live without the love they need.
Help us to shine the light of your love
into every shadowed corner
where danger, poverty, abuse or fear still hide,
so that through our persistent care,
your love for all your children
may be made real once again.
You have called us your friends,
and showed us what love means.
Help us to share that love,
especially to those who do not know
that they are loved by you.
Based on John 17.6-19
you gave us a great command
to carry on your work in the world:
you taught us that the first shall be last
and the last shall be first,
and you placed little children
at the heart of your kingdom.
May we always seek do the same,
as we seek to live out our calling
to be your holy people for your needy earth.
We are your body on earth:
give us kind hands to bring your blessing,
willing feet to go where we may help,
and attentive eyes and ears to notice
those who are in need,
so that our words and actions
may make your love real in the world.
Based on John 15.26-27; 16.4-15
you sent your Holy Spirit
to be our helper and comforter,
enabling the first, fearful disciples
to communicate to all people
the power of your saving love.
Fill us with that same Spirit,
so that we may speak powerfully
and act courageously
on behalf of all your children who are in danger,
or who cannot speak for themselves.
We pray that you could come as comforter
to all children who are lost or lonely, sad or afraid.
Show us how to take part in your wonderful work
of protecting, guiding, and supporting
every child of God.
Based on John 3.1-17
Nicodemus came to you by night
full of fear and questions,
and you listened to him,
giving him hope of new life;
Help us to be present and attentive
to hear the fears and questions
of children in trouble, in danger, and in need,
and to offer them the hope
of life in all its fullness,
of unconditional love,
and of the chance for a new start.
God our Maker,
God our Saviour,
God our Comforter,
Surround us and fill us
with love that overflows
to fill the world,
turning hurt into healing,
and fear into hope.