Our time of prayers of thanksgiving and intercession is a time to consider just some of the many blessings we enjoy and to give thanks to God because He gives us good things. We can look around us and at ourselves and see that we need God. So often this is all from our own perspective – what WE are thankful for that affects US; where WE see an immediate need for godly intervention and help. These prayers represent gratitude in the hearts of 5 – 12 year olds; need as seen from the eyes of the young. They were written by the young people at Holiday Club. Hear them, align your spirit with them, and approach God through them. With that, let’s pray:

Father God,

  • There are many things we want to say thank you for. We have been shown that everything good starts with you and so if it‘s good, it comes from you – you made it, you allow it, you help it. So even for that, we say thank you.
  • We say thank you for food. We had cakes and biscuits and snacks at Holiday Club. Some people don’t have anything. Thank you, God, for food.
  • Thank you for grandparents and everyone in our families. We all get looked after, no matter how old we are, and it’s a lot of fun playing with different people. Our Leaders told us that Church is a family. So thank you, God, for family.
  • Thank you, God, for Jesus. Thank you, Jesus, that you died for us and that you did not stay dead. Thank you that you are alive and because you are alive, we can be alive. Thank you for us being alive – REALLY alive with you.
  • Thank you, God, for the Holy Spirit. Thank you that you want to be with us so much that you give your Holy Spirit to be in our hearts all the time, so we are never alone.
  • Thank you, God, for Holiday Club, for the fun and the games, the singing and the silly stuff, and our leaders and all our friends.
  • Thank you, God, for things around us which help keep us well and keep us safe – for the house we live in and for the NHS.
  • Thank you, God, for making us unique. Each one of us is different. You love each one of us. Thank you, especially, God, for always loving us.

Dear God,

  • Please help us to get on with our brothers and sisters and to be a helping family together, even when we want to go and play with our toys.
  • Please help us to stop fighting with each other – stop the bombing in Ukraine.
  • Please help us to get to the end of Covid, and to end all sickness and disease.
  • Help us all – everyone in the whole world – to have enough food and water, and please help the homeless people.
  • Dear God, please help our friends with what they need to be happy and to stay friends with us.
  • Please help us all to have a good Easter and to know what it means that you are here with us.
  • Please help us all to live a good life.
  • We pray for our own family, for families in Ukraine and for all our friends.
  • Please, God, help endangered animals all over the world.
  • We pray that everyone will know God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
  • And please, God, help everyone to have a good sleep.

Amen

[collected by Timothy Pitt]

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