living prayers - contemporary prayers for today

contemporary prayers for today

prayers for children

The scriptures remind us that children have a special place in God's heart. Jesus made a point of embracing them and blessing them (Mark 10:13-16), and the blble instructs us to impress upon children the ways of the Lord:-

"And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up."
Deuteronomy 6:5-7, NLT)

This section of the website provides examples of short prayers which can be used with babies, children and young adults. Many of these prayers are also suitable for children to read or say outloud, and can be used in school, church or at home with mum and dad.

Prayers for Babies

Few things are more remarkable than the development and growth of another human being. has a series of pages that can cover your baby in prayer from the little boy or girls early development through to giving birth. There is a page with a prayer for a mother to pray for her unborn child, and this page also has a short prayer for an ill baby. If you are organising or attending a baby shower, there is page in this section with a covering prayer of protection to pray over the mum-to-be, and a short prayer suitable for writing in a card or message.

As the due date approaches, there is also a page with two short prayers for the pregnancy - one of blessing on the pregnant mother, and another specific one for when she gives birth. Finally, when the little one has arrived, this page contains two modern blessings to help in a service or for writing down in a baby blessing card. For many couples, conceiving can be a difficult journey. This page offers two prayers for fertility with an ancient Irish blessing and quotes from the bible about conceiving children.

Prayers for Children

School prayers

This section of has a series of prayers for school assemblies and ones which cover three aspects of school life:-

prayer before starting class - with three short prayers. Two are appropriate for older (primary or elementary school aged children) to say, whilst the final prayer is a simple rhyming prayer for infants or preschool children.

closing prayers for class - this page contains two prayers which thank God for the good times at achool and ask for his care and protection until the next time together.

for the end of the school year - if you are a teacher you may be planning a short service at the end of term. This page has two simple prayers suitable for children to say, with a blessing on the children and staff for the holiday ahead. There is also a short prayer for younger children here.

Prayers for young people

prayer for youth - with two prayers for young people - a prayer of dedication to God, to "see your vision for the world and follow you" and a second prayer is suitable for a youth leader or pastor to pray for their youth group.

students prayer - featuring a short prayer for a student away at university or college, and a film with the prayer set to music with photo slides of student life.

prayers for babies

mother and child

"Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother's womb.
I thank you, High God-you're breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration-what a creation!"

(Psalm 139:13-14, The Message)

Prayers for Children

Child praying

"Generation after generation stands in awe of your work; each one tells stories of your mighty acts."

(Psalm 145:4, MSG)