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.

 

2 October

Based on Luke 17.5-10

Lord God, 

when Jesus came to live on earth

he showed us how to live a humble life,

how to love, and how to serve.

When we have more power than others,

show us how to act with kindness;

and when others have more power than us,

show us how to live with integrity.

In every situation, help us to grow in faith, 

that we may play a part in sharing your love with the world you made, 

and sharing your blessings with all your children.

Amen

 

Lord God

you have promised us that if we have faith,

we can achieve the seemingly impossible;

because through you we know

all things are possible.

Help us to live out our faith,

and equip us to do all that you call us to do;

so that we live lives that reflect you back to the world.

Amen

 

9 October

Based on Luke 17.11-19

Lord God,

when Jesus came to live on earth,

he showed how much you care

for each and every one of us,

and especially for those

who were rejected, hurt and alone.

When challenging things happen

and it’s hard to remember that we are loved;

when good things happen

and we forget to be thankful;

when frightening things happen

and we fear that nobody will help us;

may we put our trust in you,

and in all who do your work of kindness in the world. 

Amen

Young person’s prayer:

Lord God, 

When things are hard,

show me who can help,

and when things are good,

remind me to be thankful.

Amen

 

16 October 

Based on Luke 18.1-8

Lord God,

When Jesus came to live on earth

he showed us that heaven is closer than we think,

and that prayer is never made in vain.

When it feels like nobody is listening,

and when we are ready to give up,

give us strength to speak until we are heard.

When we think that there is nothing we can do,

when we assume that someone else will help,

give us grace to look and listen,

and become the answer to many prayers. 

Amen

 

Lord God,

when I’m in trouble,

show me how to ask for help.

Send me people who will listen with kindness.

Lord, when my prayers have been answered,

remind me to thank you.

And when others are in trouble

equip me to be a person who listens with compassion.

Amen

 

23 October

Based on Luke 18.9-14

Lord God, 

you see us as we really are;

we know a true and contrite heart

you will not condemn.

Convict us when we judge others.

Remind us to look for your image

in every person that we meet,

so that we see others as you see them.

When we feel useless or worthless,

when we fear that our actions have made us unlovable,

when we feel condemned by others,

remind us that we belong to you,

that you love us for who we are. 

Amen

 

Lord God,

Sometimes I feel important,

and sometimes I feel like nothing at all.

Show me that no matter how I feel,

you love me just the same.

Amen

 

October 30

Based on Luke 19.1-10

Lord,

sometimes the world crowds in;

and I’m afraid you’ll miss me

amongst the thousands of others who need you.

And then you remind me – you know me by name.

You ask me to make you welcome.

You honour me, and inspire me

to do what is just and good.

Thank you, Lord, that when I feel small, and a sinner,

you love me, and lead me to goodness.

Amen