Topical Prayers

You are invited to use these texts in your own worship and private prayer. You don't have to know any particular prayers if you want to pray - in fact, fixed texts can sometimes get in the way - but the ones listed here may help you to think about ideas, images, and forms of words you can use.

Personal situations

Prayers for guidance, difficult situations, justice, growth, guilt, mourning, and healing

Family life and children

Prayers for the gift of children, for a new baby, pregnancy, adoption.

For the world

Prayers for peace and safety, unrest, tragedy, and love.

See also the dedicated page for the commemoration of the First World War.

Life events

Prayers for work and school, birthdays, growing up, moving, sport, travel, retirement

You may also wish to read Daily Prayer from The Book of Common Prayer or Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England.


Looking for resources for intercessors? Cycle of Intercession | Forms of Intercession | New Patterns for Worship

Further resources

Prayers for Syria