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.

7 August

A prayer based on Psalm 50

Expressive God,
you have spoken and you still speak.
Through your voice, you called the world into being,
from the rising of the sun to its setting.
Our God comes and will not keep silent,
give us ears to hear your precious words.

You call your faithful to gather.
You proclaim, ‘Hear, O my people, and I will speak’.
Give us ears to hear your precious words.

How precious are a child’s first words.
May we never tire of listening to their concerns and needs,
particularly when they are troubled or have no-one else to turn to.
Give us ears to hear you speak through the voiceless and marginalised.
Amen

14 August

A prayer for boys and girls of all ages who are worried about their image

Lord Jesus,
please help me to see the real me.
The one that is the one you see when you look at me.

My mirror tells me lots of things.
I do not like them all.
Right or wrong, I sometimes think I’m not made right at all.
Remind me, please, that you say different – you love and treasure me.
Old, young, fat, thin, tall, small, different –
Remind me please, Lord Jesus, it’s always beauty that you see.

And for other boys and girls who are worried just like me,
please open up their eyes so they can also see
that they are loved and treasured and they need not be afraid.
No matter what the world says, they are beautifully made!
Amen

21 August

A blessing based on Jeremiah 1.4-10

May the God who knew us before we were formed in the womb 
inspire us to see the value in every child and adult.
May we hear your promise, ‘I am with you and will rescue you’,
and be compelled to affirm young people as you affirmed a youthful Jeremiah.
And the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
Amen.

 

28 August

A prayer based on Hebrews 13.1-8,15-16

Oh how incredible it would be to entertain angels!
May we show welcome to strangers, aliens and refugees.

Oh how liberating it would be to live free from the love of money!
May we learn to be content with what we have.

Oh how satisfying it would be to offer sacrifices that are pleasing to God!
May we not neglect to do good and to share what we have.
Amen