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 for download as a PDF. You may also be interested in our past prayers.

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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.

 

Our Advent prayers

This month, our prayers are from our online Advent calendar. Follow the calendar to join us on our journey of prayer and reflection this season. 

This is a time of waiting,

a time to bring our questions, our fears and our hopes.

Yesterday, today and for ever, dear God,

be in our waiting and in our hoping.

 

This is a time of waiting and listening,

a time to hear your voice once more.

Yesterday, today and for ever, dear God,

be in our waiting and in our hoping.

 

This is a time of waiting, listening and turning,

away from our weakness and failings, towards your love.

Yesterday, today and for ever, dear God,

be in our waiting and in our hoping.

 

This is a time of waiting, listening, turning and preparing

to meet the Christ Child, God’s blessing in flesh.

Yesterday, today and for ever, dear God,

be in our waiting and in our hoping.

 

Our January prayers

4 January

Based on Jeremiah 31.7-14

As we put our Christmas things away and think about our hopes for the new year, Loving God, 

we pray for everyone who is sad at the moment.

Some people are sad because they are lonely, some because they are ill and some because they do not have enough money.

Thank you, that you will save your people by gathering them together as they weep.

Thank you, that you can bring joy, and turn sadness into dancing.

Thank you, that you can meet the needs of everyone when we bring our needs to you.

May the new year bring more gladness than sadness.

In Jesus’ name we pray,

Amen.

 

11 January

Based on Psalm 29

Almighty God, 

just as your powerful and majestic voice thunders through your creation, we pray that The Children’s Society may speak with clarity, authority and compassion on behalf of disadvantaged children and families. 

Give wisdom to those who develop campaigns, and courage to those who confront authority with the claims of justice. 

Lord, you give strength to your people and bless them with peace. 

May all who work for and alongside The Children’s Society be blessed as they seek to bring change. We ask this in the name of Jesus, 

Amen.

 

18 January

Based on Psalm 139

Creator God, you made every part of us. 

You formed our bones, our flesh and our very being. 

Each child is precious in your sight but we have made a world of debt, hunger and injustice. 

We pray for families struggling to pay bills, 

for children who can never have the same treats as others at school, 

for people who often have to choose between eating or heating their homes. 

We can see the current way does not work. 

Help us to know that we can make a difference through our own choices and through our campaigning. 

Your thoughts are precious to us, O God. 

May we respond with love and compassion.

Amen.

 

25 January

Based on Psalm 62.5-12

May our souls find rest in you, O God, for our hope comes from you.

We pray for those whose lives are dominated by debt and the burdens debt brings.

Some of us have no experience of riches and worry where the next meal will come from.

Some of us are burdened by possessions and the desire for more of them.

Help us to campaign for just economic systems so that no family will be overwhelmed by debt and fear of the future.

May our souls find rest in you, o God, for our hope comes from you.

Amen