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Join us in prayer for vulnerable young people.

This month our prayers focus on The Good Childhood Report and young people's mental well-being. We pray that these young people feel their voices are heard.

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Prayers for September

 

Sunday 1 September

A prayer for The Good Childhood Report

Lord Jesus, you valued children when those around you thought them worthless.

Thank you that attitudes have changed.

We are grateful for the children and young people in our lives and their boundless curiosity, energy and imagination.

Thank you for the clarity with which they see injustice in the world.

May we learn from them how best to work together for the kingdom of God.

We pray for the coming of a world where all young people will feel safe, valued and included.

We ask for your blessing upon this year’s Good Childhood Report, for those who will read it and report upon it.

We pray that it will play a part in making sure the voices of young people are heard.

Please bless the ongoing work of The Children’s Society and all that it does to support young people in need.

For your name’s sake.

Amen.

 

Sunday 8 September

‘I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.’ 

Psalm 139.14

Lord God,

you make us in your image,

but too many of our young people don’t see themselves as wonderfully made.

We pray for those who feel unhappy with their appearance;

those who feel pressurised by airbrushed ideals of beauty;

those who hate their bodies and struggle in their minds.

May all children and young people

know that they are precious in your sight,

and have the confidence and self-esteem to resist constant comparison with others.

For your name’s sake.

Amen.

 

Sunday 15 September

 

Based on Luke 15.1-10

Lord Jesus, our great shepherd,

we pray for the lost sheep of this generation.

We pray especially for children and young people

who feel they can no longer cope with the pressures they face at home and run away.

We ask that you would keep them safe from all dangers

and that they may find solutions to their problems.

Be with project workers from The Children’s Society

who seek out these young people and support them.

Amen.


Sunday 22 September

‘I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made … for all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness’

1 Timothy 2.1-2

A prayer for those in power to take children’s mental health seriously

God of wholeness and healing,

we pray for all those in government,

and ask that they would listen to the voices of young people,

especially those who are suffering in mind, body or spirit.

Help our elected officials to make wise decisions

about supporting young people who suffer from poor mental health.

We pray for doctors and healthcare professionals, for social workers and teachers,

that they may deal gently and kindly with those who are struggling and need help.

We pray that resources may be found to fund counselling and mental health services,

so that all children and young people may flourish and have a good childhood.

In Jesus’s name we pray.

Amen.

 

Sunday 29 September

 

Nathanel asked Jesus, ‘Where did you come to know me?’

Jesus answered ‘I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.’

John 1.48

Lord God, you see us and know us better then we know ourselves. 

We pray for all children and young people who do not feel seen or known;

those who feel ignored and invisible. 

We bring before you all those who suffer in mind, body and spirit,

especially children and young people. 

Open our eyes to the needs of children and young people in our communities, churches, schools and families. 

Help us to see what they really need and to do what we can to help. 

Open our ears to hear what young people are saying to us,

and empower us to act to make things better.

Open our mouths to speak out against the lack of support

for those who so urgently need help.

We ask these things in the name of Jesus,

who sees and knows us as we really are.

Amen.

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