Prayer Materials

Bernard, in a red top and dark trousers, waves as he cycles on an adapted cargo bike.
Bernard, a young man from Uganda, has been able to develop his business thanks to support from All We Can's local partner.

Prayer is vital to the work of All We Can and we are encouraged by our supporters and partners who join with us in prayer.

Every month, you can find themed prayer materials for you and your church to enjoy.
During July, you can join in praying for Uganda as they face another period of lockdown and restrictions to tackle COVID-19 and marking World Youth Skills Day 15 July.

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A Prayer for World Youth Skills Day 15 July

God of all,
We pray for our young people today.
We thank you for their vigour and energy,
Their particular way of engaging with the world,
Their potential, and futures.
We pray Lord for the one in five young people who are not employed,
Not in education or training,
And especially for the young women who make up this statistic.
On this day, we cry out on their behalf.
We say sorry for when we have failed to support and look after young people.
We pray for the projects and opportunities that are focused on giving young people the chance to fulfil their potential.
May you bless them,
Sustain them and continue to inspire solutions that will give young people a future filled with hope.
Hear our prayer O Lord,
Amen.

 

A Prayer for Uganda

‘I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord, in the land of the living.’ Psalm 27:13

Loving God,

God for all, amongst the challenges facing our global neighbours in Uganda, we cling to our faith in your goodness, in your presence with us during the hardest of times.
God of grace, this day, we pray for the people of Uganda, for the amazing work of FABIO, tirelessly seeking to bring hope to the communities they work with – despite the restrictions of lockdowns and curfew, despite the anxiety and uncertainty of living in a pandemic.
God of hope, this day, comfort all who live in fear, all who are missing out on education, all who are shut off from essential resources, all who are grieving.
God of life, show us how to play our part in bringing about your kingdom of justice and joy.
In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen.

 

Prayer is vital to the work of All We Can and our partner organisations around the world. We believe prayer makes a significant difference because God is concerned for those in need.

Prayers by theme

Use our prayer resources below, for personal reflection or as a church, to pray for the work of All We Can and our partner organisations working in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Action

A prayer for action

Lord, may we respond by faith to what we hear,
and use our mouths to share who you are.

May we tell of your good deeds and love,
and inspire faith in those around us.

Help us to have compassion for those in need,
and respond in love with acts of generosity
Amen

Black History Month

A prayer for Black History Month

Lord God,

We thank you for the significance of this month.
We lift up and thank you for our Black brothers and sisters who have shaped history.
We thank you for the opportunity to learn and reflect particularly at this time, here and now.
We pray that the learning happening in schools, homes and workplaces will be meaningful and deep-rooted.
We pray for open hearts and minds,
And spirits willing to learn and be transformed by you.
May this month be a time of curiosity and sharing,
Conversations and celebrations,
Challenge and encouragement.
Heavenly Father, help us to dig deeper,
Look closer, and think bigger.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Compassion

A prayer for compassion

Loving and compassionate Jesus,
Help us to respond to the things our eyes perceive.
Help us to tend to the people in this world who are in need.
Help us to be generous with our resources, words and time.
Help us to follow you as you lead and guide.

Amen

Creation

Prayers for creation

A prayer based on Psalm 95:1-7 Creator God,

In your hand are the depths of the earth.
The mountain peaks belong to you, The sea is your creation,
The dry land is your handiwork,
The fruit of the land is your design,
The taste of the produce is your gift,
And we are your people,
a flock under your care.
We give you our thanks and praise, O God.

Amen.

Leader: Creation displays the beauty of our Lord
All: Taste and see that the Lord is good
Leader: The seas bring forth refreshing waters
All: Taste and see that the Lord is good
Leader: The sky is adorned with colourful birds
All: Taste and see that the Lord is good
Leader: The land is bursting with vegetation
All: Taste and see that the Lord is good
Leader: The fields are vibrant with golden crops
All: Taste and see that the Lord is good
Leader: The beehives are alive with busy bees
All: Taste and see that the Lord is good
Leader: Magnificent creatures inhabit the earth
All: Taste and see that the Lord is good
Leader: God cares for all with everlasting love
All: Taste and see that the Lord is good
Leader: We are made in the image of God
All: Taste and see that the Lord is good

Thank you God for the beauty and diversity of your glorious creation.

Amen.

Education

A prayer for Education Sunday

God of love and life,
We pray for every member of our community, both close to home and globally, who is returning to school.
We pray for their places of education to be overflowing with creativity, inspiration and opportunity.
We pray for your peace to fill the classrooms and dining halls, the playgrounds and school buses, and the hearts and minds of those who are worried about returning to school.
We pray that you will equip the teachers and teaching assistants with the tools they need to help the children and young people in their care to fulfil their potential.
We commend our children and young people into your care.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Elderly people

Prayers for Elderly Communities

Loving Father,

Thank you for never giving up on us,
for always seeing our worth,
and loving us unconditionally.
May the societies of this world reflect you in their treatment of the elderly,
to be places of care and respect,
and offer the opportunity for all people to fulfil their potential and live their life to the full, for all of their days.
Teach us, God, to love like you love.
Amen

Good stewardship

A prayer for good stewardship

Father of creation:
You made all things through love
You spoke with authority and life sprang into being
You made us in your wonderful image to be stewards of your world. Forgive us, Lord:
When we have failed to reflect you
When we have lived with selfish intention, placing our own needs above those of others
When we have misused or polluted creation
When we have acted in a way that has caused disadvantage and hurt.
Help us, Lord, to reflect you:
By being faithful stewards of your creation
By showing love and concern for the world.
May our actions produce lasting fruit,
for the sake of your Kingdom
Amen

Hope

A prayer of hope

Loving and compassionate God,
Help us to see hope in the most desperate situations.
Help us to uphold the value of others in our words and actions.
Help us to see the potential you see in each of your children.
Help us to know and to respond to your guiding hand in our lives.
Amen

A prayer for India

A prayer for All We Can’s work in India

Heavenly Father,
You created all people in your image and made them equal in your sight
We bring before you the plight of vulnerable and marginalised women in India.
We pray for healing where there is hurt, and your strength to enable perseverance
We thank you for the work of READ which raises awareness among women of their rights,
and partners with them to develop their potential as given by you.
We ask that these women will know the worth you have bestowed on them
and be given the opportunity to assert influence over their future.
Amen

Compassionate God
You created all people in your image, making them equal in your sight
We pray for the people who are vulnerable, marginalised and excluded in India
May they know the high position that you give to the lowly and oppressed
Thank you for All We Can’s partners in India supporting people to fulfil the potential you have given them
Protect them as they stand with communities to speak out against injustice
Give all involved wisdom and perseverance to overcome the challenges that they face
Amen

International Women's Day

A prayer for International Women’s Day (8 March)

Almighty God,

We lift our hands up high in praise and worship.
We give you thanks for the women in our lives and communities.
We lift our hands up high to show that we are in, and committed to seeing a gender equal world.
We thank you for women who have led the way when the path was uncertain.
We give thanks for women like Najjiba, who inspires and leads All We Can’s local partner FABIO in Uganda.
Help us to celebrate women;
Give us wisdom to see bias and the voice to speak up against it;
Equip us to take action to seek equality,
And boldness to challenge where needed.
We are all one in Christ Jesus.
We lift our hands up high in praise and worship.
Amen.

Mothers

A prayer for mothers

Loving God,
You nurture and care for all.
Today, we give thanks for our mother churches where we were encouraged and developed on our faith journey.
We lift up and thank you for the many mothers in our communities.

We remember that today is a reminder of the different ways people can mother or be mothered.
For the mothers not related by blood;
For the ones who are grieving the loss of their mother;
For the mothers, who parent on their own.
For those who long to mother but have not been able to have children.
For those estranged or separated from their children.

We thank you for the many people who walk alongside and support mothers, especially All We Can’s local partner COFCAWE, in Uganda, who support teenage mothers.
May the help and skills those young mothers receive there be felt for generations to come.

Gather us, Lord, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings.
Amen.

A prayer for the nations

A prayer for the nations

Loving God of all the world,
We hold before you the nations
To the God who reigns over governments,
Bring justice where injustice rules.
To the God who carries a weary world without growing weak
Give strength to the struggling and hope to the hopeless.
To the creative God who dreamt up our world
Grant vision and insight to those with a heart to change things for the better.
To the compassionate God
Heal what is hurting and restore what has been broken.
With grateful hearts we thank our loving God,
whose compassion never ceases,
whose love for us never runs dry,
whose fight against injustice never relents. Amen.

Potential

A prayer about seeing potential in people

God of salvation and freedom,

We confess that we have been short-sighted when we have looked at the potential in ourselves, others and situations.
We have missed seeing what people could become, and what we could become.
We ask that in your mercy you will forgive us. God of forgiveness and hope,
We ask that you will help us see ourselves, others and situations through your eyes. To see the potential that you can see. To be people of love, quick to forgive and bringers of hope. Amen

Refugees

A prayer for refugees

God creator of all,
For people who are displaced,
may they find a safe refuge.

For people who have lost control of their lives,
may they know a sure foundation.

For people who live in fear,
may they be given a strong fortress.

For people who are disillusioned,
may they have hope in a future.

Loving father in times of crisis, sorrow and uncertainty
we ask that you draw near.

Amen

Repentance

Prayers of repentance

Lord, we acknowledge that we have fallen short of your goodness.
You are like the mother hen who gathers her chicks under her wings,
whose embrace provides layers of protection and emanates the warmth of your love and care.
We are often more self-seeking:
manipulating what we can for our own advantage
putting the desires of our stomach
above the hunger of others
using our own voices to drown out the cries of those oppressed.
Lord, help us
to put other people above ourselves,
to assist in feeding those who hunger for justice,
and to amplify the voices of the oppressed.
Lord in your mercy, forgive us and change us.
Amen

Wisdom

A prayer based on the parable of the wise and foolish builders

Give us the strength to be wise God,
We pray that you might open our eyes to the world around us that we will be a generation unafraid to stand on the Rock even as those around us build grand castles in the sand.

Let us stand firm when wind and rain batters us from all sides, make us a people brave enough to clothe ourselves only in what we need and not in what the world says we should have.

Give us the strength to be foolish God,
foolish enough to believe that we can change the world with you.

Help us to be humble enough to sing from our shack on the rocks and meek enough to get alongside those that need our support.

When people around us fall Lord, give us compassion and grace so that we will be the ones to hold out our hands and they might see you reflected in our eyes.

Young people

A prayer for young people

Loving Father
We thank you for young people,
the energy, enthusiasm and potential that they have.
We pray that the obstacles that can hold them back
such as poverty, ill-health, and discrimination, will be removed.
We ask that, inspired by your Spirit, young people will have courage to speak out for justice,
find solutions to poverty and love their neighbours with word and action.
May you strengthen them with joyful hearts,
give them a vision of your Kingdom here on earth, and embolden them to act.
Amen

Prayer materials and reflections inspired by global issues and the work of All We Can’s partners.