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Intercessory Prayer

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Intercessory prayer is about coming before God and praying for the needs of other people and situations. This page has several inspiring prayers to help when praying for:-
1. Those who are sick and in need of healing
2. Justice for the poor and needy
3. Short prayers for peace amongst the nation

Further down this page there is also the simple and uplifting "Prayer for Peace" from the World Council of Churches, and the beautiful "Prayer of St Francis" made popular in recent years by the song "Make Me a Channel of Your Peace".

Prayer of Intercession Example

Dear Father God,

It saddens our hearts to see the great suffering of your beloved children in the world. We bring to mind all those in our locality who find themselves in a hard place. We especially pray for those who suffer physically with illness or mentally with depression or anxiety. Lord, come breathe on these people by your Holy Spirit and bring great love, hope and joy through us your church. Help us to minister to others in the strength of your Spirit and to work in unity together. May we shine your glorious light into the darkness and remain steadfast and true to you.

Lord, it disturbs us when we see world leaders embracing division instead unity, pursuing wealth instead justice and concealing lies instead of speaking out the truth. We lift all those in significant leadership to you. Come guide their thoughts, cover their actions and renew their minds. Protect them from the influence of the realms of darkness and sweep away any corruption. We pray that you would lay out new paths of righteousness in troubled nations and lands. Father, it is disturbing to see the difference between rich and poor widening. We lift all those in poverty to you. Come bring miracles of provision, healing and restoration. Speak into our lives so that we might play our part in changing the world.

We ask all this in the wonderful name of Jesus.


(prayer from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!

Amos 5:24, (NIV)

resources on this page

Prayer for Healing Video

A short prayer asing for God's restorative power to come to a person in need of healing:-

Prayer for Healing

Lord Jesus, you are the master of life and death. Everything I have is yours, and I love you very deeply. Just one touch from you restores the sick, heals the broken, and transforms the darkness.
Only you can do this
Only you

So I ask that you would be with (name) right now
May they sense your presence
May they feel your power
May they know your love
May their body be overwhelmed
With light and truth
With healing and wellness

Just as it was in the beginning
As you first intended us to be
May they be restored

I ask for your healing on their body right now

Thank you Lord that you hear my prayer
That you have overcome the world
That you hold all of heaven and earth in your loving hands
And that you have given us the promise of eternity
In our hearts forever

(a sample modern prayer for healing from www.lords-prayer-words.com)
click here for more prayers for physical and mental healing.

A Prayer for Justice

Lord, may justice flow like a river
Reaching barren lands and sun scorched deserts

Where people feel forgotten and hopeless
Let your water of life
Comfort them
Where children lie abandoned or abused
Let your water of life
Protect them
Where communities suffer at the hands of prejudice
Let your water of life
Shield them

Lord, we ask for a mighty downpour from Heaven
May your sons and daughters hear your voice
May we live as you lead us to live
Go as you bid us to go
Serve as you inspire us to serve
Give as you teach us to give
Until the earth is covered with the glory of God
As the waters cover the sea

(an example of a modern prayer for justice from www.lords-prayer-words.com. This can be prayed with a nation or people group in mind)

follow this link for two prayers for the poor and needy in society, including a petition which reflects on our response to the marginalized and vulnerable in our community.

Prayers of intercession through the year

When celebrating God's love and grace at Christian festivals such as Christmas, Easter Sunday and Advent, it is important to remember those who are in need and to hold these people before God in intercessory prayer. Here is a short prayer from the Episcopal Church to help us become mindful of others at these times:-

A Prayer for the Poor and the Neglected

Almighty and most merciful God,
we remember before you all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us to forget:
the homeless and the destitute,
the old and the sick,
and all who have none to care for them.
Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit,
and to turn their sorrow into joy.
Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son, who for our sake became poor,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

(Source: 1979 Book of Common Prayer, Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA)

Come, O Spirit of God

A prayer song of justice for those who are brokenhearted or in great sorrow, based on Isaiah 61:-

Prayer for Peace

The prayer for peace is said daily across the world at twelve noon by people from many different religious beliefs and philosophical persuasions:-

Lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust;
Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace;
Let peace fill our heart, our world, our universe.

(This simple prayer comes from the Vancover Assembly of the World Council of Churches. It's origins a thought to be from England circa 1981. In the early eighties, Mother Teresa of Calcutta popularised this prayer, and it subsequently became adopted by the Assembly of World Religions meeting in Russia. This event was timed to coincide with the second United Nations Special Session on Disarmament. By the end of the decade, the Berlin Wall had crumbled and the "Cold War", if not completely over, was certainly no longer the dark shadow across the world that it once was. However, with the turn of the millenium, and "9/11", the world was to face new challenges and new wars. Hence this prayer is as relevant today as it was when it was first prayed almost thirty years ago).

All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired.

(Martin Luther, 1483-1546)

Prayer of St Francis

A beautiful short reading of this famous peace prayer, with inspiring images and uplifting music:-

Prayer For Peace Among Nations
O Almighty God,
the Father of all humanity,
turn, we pray, the hearts of all peoples and their rulers,
that by the power of your Holy Spirit
peace may be established among the nations
on the foundation of justice, righteousness and truth;
through him who was lifted up on the cross
to draw all people to himself,
your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

William Temple (1881 to 1944)


Over thirty minutes of calm instrumental music from Prayerscapes, suitable for playing in the background as you pray and intercede:-

What is intercessory prayer?
Intercessory prayer is where we make requests to God on behalf of other people. This differs from prayer petitions - which are generally to do with praying for oneself, e.g. praying to God for strength to face a situation etc.

Who should we pray for?
The bible exhorts us to intercede for all types of groups and people:-

Our friends. Jesus  prayed for his disciples, who he also called his friends (John 15:12-15 and John 17:20-23). Follow this link for a modern prayer for a friend.

Our enemies and those that mistreat or persecute us. In Matthew 5:44 (GNT) Jesus declares "love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you".

Those in authority - such as managers, politicians and royalty - this is really anybody who is in a position of power in society:-
"I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness."

(1 Tim 2:1-2, (NIV)

Our church leaders. The apostle Paul urges the Christians in Thessalonica to "Pray also for us, friends." (1 Thess 5:25)

Those who are ill. The letter of James exhorts those in leadership to pray for the sick and anoint them with oil. (James 5:14-15)

All people. The Apostle Paul in his first letter to Timothy exhorts us to be mindful of everyone.
"First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, requests, and thanksgivings be offered to God for all people" (1 Tim 2:1 GNT)

Take a moment to hear from God...

here are links to some beautiful and inspiring prayers.