Please join us in prayer by using these in your church or in your personal devotions.
Help us, Loving God, to see
beyond the smile of the child
who misses weeks at school,
to the embarrassment of the parent
who cannot afford their child's uniform.
Beyond the apology of the child
who misses a friend’s birthday party,
to the parent who can’t afford a gift
as they try to clear off a payday loan.
Beyond the bullying in the dinner hall
of the child with too little for lunch,
to the ache in the parent who
goes hungry for the sake of their child.
Help us, Loving God, to see
beyond the stereotypes and statistics
and inspire us to work to ease the burden
on children and their families
trapped in seemingly never-ending debt.
A prayer for the work of the Children's Commission on Poverty.
Through young eyes
you see the pain of lives
immersed in poverty,
the ache of wondering
whether there will be
food, or clothes
May we see through
how we can bring relief
to those struggling
in the pain of poverty,
joy to those
longing for security,
and hope to the lives
of all children.
We make this prayer
in the name of your
Son, Jesus, who
was made incarnate
to a life of poverty
Based on Psalm 107:9 and Hosea 11:4.
Ever loving God,
if you would lead a nation with cords of human kindness,
and bands of love,
how much more do you long to lead each little one living in poverty
to a new and spacious life of plenty?
Lead them now ever loving God -
to new circumstances we pray;
where needs can be expressed – and met.
Where fear and stigma fall away – and equality comes.
And where childhood feels safe again.
Lead us, ever loving God -
to pray and live in a new way
which looks beyond the surface,
and gives beyond our comfort zone,
until each child’s childhood is safe again.
Based on Jeremiah 1:4-10.
All seeing God,
we thank you that your loving gaze penetrates everywhere.
and that no child, however neglected, is hidden from you.
You saw them in their mother’s womb
and you formed them there – attentively.
And still you watch over them now – diligently.
All seeing God,
lead parents, carers, professionals and each one of us
to watch and listen and act.
So every child currently lacking the attention they need
may be seen and heard and helped.
And above all know just how much they are loved.
Based around Mark 10.13-16, written by Janet Morley.
We pray for our society
where children are not always kept safe,
and teenagers are feared and ignored;
where many are lured into danger,
and do not escape abuse.
We pray for all children who run away:
those who feel unloved and worthless,
who believe they can cope alone,
who do not know whom to trust.
Give them your strong protection and comfort.
We pray for those who work to keep children safe:
social workers and police,
The Children’s Society who offer counselling and support,
and persist even in the hardest cases.
Give them courage and hope in their demanding work.
In our multi-faceted world of variety we pray for those, who through being different, experience our world in sometimes richer and sometimes harder ways.
Help us to be eyes for those who don’t see
and ears for those who don’t hear.
We pray for those whose bodies restrict their freedom,
that we might help in ways that are sensitive and appropriate for their needs.
And in our service of others, may we be eager to receive their gifts of service to us,
that we might deepen our love, joy, peace, grace and understanding.
Thank you for our mutual inter-dependence.
May our belonging to you be reflected in our belonging to each other.
Release us all from our circles of isolation.
See also our collection of prayers for children seeking refuge
God of compassion,
we have seen the harrowing images,
of children fleeing danger and desperately seeking safety;
of families risking everything without the assurance of anything in return;
of young people whose only hope depends on finding refuge in an unknown country.
Lord, may we offer a welcome as warm as the one we would offer the Child who once fled to Egypt.
God of hospitality,
we are thankful for the current media coverage,
for the immediate sanctuary provided by our nation.
But when the cameras stop rolling,
may our welcome be ever-flowing and our compassion unceasing.
Lord, may our love for those seeking refuge be steadfast, no matter the political climate.
We make this our prayer, in the name of your Son,
who offers hope to the weary, respite to the traveller and peace to all your children.
We pray for all who are sick
and for all who care for them.
We pray for medical staff,
For support services,
For researchers and scientists.
And we remember those who society does not see -
Those who care for loved ones.
Be with all who care for parents, for siblings,
For all who carry a burden of care beyond their years.
Be with us so that we do not forget,
And we may be all made whole.
We pray for children and young people who are in the care of local authorities, foster and adoptive carers.
We pray they would know and feel the security that is their right.
We pray that they would know and feel the love that is theirs through you.
We pray for those who are missing from care, that they might be kept safe from exploitation, neglect and suffering.
Guide all who are a voice for children and young people to speak loudly and clearly, particularly in parliamentary settings and on our streets, so that security and safety, love and hope might be the experience of all children and young people.
We pray for all children who are being welcomed into their church communities this month, especially through baptism and confirmation.
May they grow in secure knowledge that they belong to a community of love and support where all are valued and treasured.
Based on Zephaniah 8.4-5,8
Loving God, who promises to be faithful and righteous,
Help us to make real your vision for all young people,
so that they are valued for who they are,
not who they will be,
so that they are encouraged and supported,
not abused or neglected,
listened to and challenged,
not ignored or stifled,
free to play safely
not forced to grow up before their time.
Loving God, wise parent to us all,
Inspire us to be people who
let the young play,
encourage them to grow,
and enable them to flourish,
in communities of faithful people,
sharing wisdom and joy.