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.

 

5 July

A prayer based on Mark 6:1-13

Lord Jesus,

Help us to be generous in our welcome of others.

Prevent us from making assumptions about others based on where they have come from or their past actions.

Grow our ministry of sacrificial hospitality and attentive listening so that we may hear the voice of those neglected and rejected by those from their hometown.

May our listening prompt us into action, particularly for vulnerable teenagers at risk of neglect.

Amen.

 

12 July

A prayer based on Mark 6:14-29

Wise Father God,

We lift to you in prayer individuals who are facing significant decisions and who are unsure about the options before them. We think of young people making choices about education, training, employment, friendships, relationships, finance and so much more. We pray especially for those who find it difficult to find good advice, and for those who turning to friends, family and limited local services receive advice that is, at best, unhelpful and, at worst, destructive.

We ask for your blessing upon those who work amongst young people to enable them to explore their options and develop the courage to make informed choices. We pray especially that more 16 and 17 year olds would be able to access this kind of support and guidance.

In the name of Christ,

Amen.

 

19 July

A prayer based on Mark 6:30-34

Compassionate Lord,

We thank you that even when you were tired and seeking solitude you refused to abandon people who were seeking help. In your strength, not our own, help us not to grow weary of caring for others. Motivate us with an awareness of the needs of our neighbours and a desire to help.

We pray especially for those we encounter who feel lost; who have drifted, or been forced, from a place where they are noticed and cared for; who have no positive role models and no sense of direction.

Thank you that you are the shepherd that never gives up on your sheep.

Help us all as we journey back to you to share with others that they don’t have to remain lost.

Amen.

 

26 July

A prayer based on John 6:1-21

Faithful God,

We read throughout Scripture of your encounters with people full of fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of not having enough, fear for self, fear for others.

Thank you that you respond to our fear, that you meet need and call out ‘Do not be afraid’.

Lord, we pray for young people, and especially for older teenagers, who are afraid because of experiences in the past, provision in the present and doubt about the future.

We pray for The Children’s Society’s ‘Seriously Awkward’ campaign, asking that it may raise awareness of factors that increase fear for thousands of 16 and 17 year olds in our country.

Through the work of this campaign may more young people hear, and practically experience, that they don’t need to be afraid.

Amen.