World Weekend of Prayer

Prayer makes a difference. God loves it when children pray.

“Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, “‘From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise’?” Matthew 21:16

There are so many issues that children and teenagers should not have to confront, especially in cities of developing countries where Viva is at work: problems that deny the opportunity of a secure and loving family life that God intended.

In this, the 21st anniversary year of the World Weekend of Prayer, let’s mobilise a million children to pray and listen to God: that lasting change may result.

Resources for WWP 2017

  • A guide to this year’s event. Some translations are available now below, with others to follow.
  • Study and discussion outline in English and in Spanish
  • Children’s activity ideas in English and in Spanish
  • webinar training programme to train church leaders how to teach children to pray to and listen to God. Watch Sessions 1 and 2 below. Sign up for session 3 on 15 May by clicking here.
  • An illustrated children’s prayer book with pictures produced by children showing the story of Hannah and pictures of issues facing children.
    – View it online by clicking here.
    – Printed copies now available 
    – order yours for free now by emailing and including name and address details, and how many you would like (up to 10 in the UK; 5 ROW).
  • Virtual prayer space, to allow children to post prayers and picture-prayers in the weeks leading up to the event and afterwards. To follow.
  • Reprise of the World Weekend of Prayer song, ‘Small but mighty’, from 2016: on guitar and on piano.


2017 Guide translations












To follow shortly:










Webinar 1

Chrissie Wilkinson and Jane Mackie share their stories and experiences of children’s prayer, with the aim of inspiring leaders to connect children with the heart of God.


Webinar 2
Jane Mackie from Children’s Prayer Network Australia gives her insights into and experience of children’s prayer by talking through steps 1 and 2 from her book ‘Kids Pray’:
1. Get rid of the junk – repenting, especially in small groups
2. Relationship check with God and each other – reconciliation

This campaign is a global initiative held over the first weekend of June every year, uniting hundreds of thousands of adults and children across more than 40 countries.