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, 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 May

Based on John 15.1-8

Heavenly Father,

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.

Amen.

 

Heavenly Father,

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.

Amen.

 

10 May

Based on John 15.9-17

Lord Jesus

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.

Amen.

 

Lord Jesus,

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.

Amen.

 

17 May

Based on John 17.6-19

Lord Jesus, 

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.

Amen.

 

Lord Jesus

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.

Amen.

 

24 May (Pentecost)

Based on John 15.26-27; 16.4-15

Heavenly Father,

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.

Amen.

 

Holy Spirit, 

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.

Amen.

 

31 May (Trinity Sunday)

Based on John 3.1-17

Lord Jesus

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.

Amen.

 

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.

Amen.