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.

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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 April (Easter Sunday)

Based on Isaiah 25.6-9 

Risen Lord Jesus,

today is filled with laughter.

You have wiped away our tears

and turned our mourning into dancing;

you have done all you said you would.

You are alive; we are redeemed;

The promise of no child crying has begun.

 

And yet we wait for another dawn…

 

Risen Lord Jesus,

today is still mingled with tears.

We weep with you in kingdom-still-coming

and remember your children’s pain;

we long for you to do all you say you will do.

You are alive; we are redeemed;

Speed quickly the day when no child will cry again.

 

12 April

Based on Acts 4.32-35 

Generous God,

teach us again what it means

to give as freely as we have received

and to share our most with the least.

 

Generous God,

teach us again how precious it is

to put our treasure where your heart is - 

and to see the least have the most.

 

Generous God,

use us again to care for all children

till none are in poverty, excluded or overlooked

and every child is rich in laughter, opportunity and care.

 

19 April

Based on Zephaniah 3.14-20 

Lord, when I lie awake at night

round-and-round worrying about school, 

family, home, bills or what people say about me – 

please help me remember your promise;

you are a loving father who offers me comfort.

Help my head and my heart go quiet

so I can hear again the truth of your love

for every child who lies awake worried or alone.

And help grown-ups to catch this melody too

until everyone – parents, teachers and powerful leaders – 

puts ‘every child safe’ at the top of their lists

and finally shares your priorities for what to do first.

 

26 April

Based on 1 John 3.16-24 

Lord, forgive us and change us,

for we so often say that children should be kept safe

but we don’t always act to ensure that they are.

Translate our speech into service so we 

keep asking, campaigning, giving and volunteering.

May our service ensure neglected children are cared for,

young-carers are freed from adult responsibilities,

runaways find a home,

the marginalised move right into the centre of our concern

and no child goes to bed hungry or worried about bills.

In the precious name of the one who gave himself,

forgive us and change us to embody your love.