Intercession is the act of intervening on another persons behalf. Thus an intercessory prayer is a prayer said on behalf of someone else. It can be a prayer for a friend, a family member or just a person need. One of the earliest examples of intercessory prayers comes from the Book of Genesis when Abraham pleaded with God for the deliverance of the people of Sodom.
The scriptures describe Intercessory prayers as building bridges between God and those we are praying for. This means filling a gap between the person who needs the prayer but is in one way or another unable to pray to our Heavenly Father. For the Catholic faith in particular when making a prayer for intercession we pray to the saints to pray on our behalf, and sometimes we pray for the dead to help them get into Heaven.
Just as Jesus Christ interceded for us by dying on the cross and bringing us closer to God. Also as the Holy Spirit intercedes for us so are all christians called to be intercessors for our fellow man.
Intercessory Prayer sample
Intercessory Prayer Catholic
“We beg you, Father,
to help and protect us.
Save the oppressed.
Pity the insignificant.
Raise the fallen.
Avail yourself to the needy.
Heal the sick.
Bring back those of your people who have gone astray.
Feed the hungry.
Lift up the weak.
Take off the prisoners’ chains.
May all nations come to know
that you alone are God,
that Jesus is your son,
and that we are your people, the sheep of your pasture. Amen.”
Intercessory Prayer for Healing
“Blessed Jesus, you are the master of life and death. Everything I have belongs to you, and I love you very deeply. Just one touch from you heals the sick, mends the broken, and transforms the darkness.
Only you can do this,
Only you, Lord Jesus.
So I ask that you would be with (name) right now
May they sense your presence,
also, may they feel your power.
May they know your love
and consequently, may their body be overwhelmed
With light and truth,
With healing and wellness.
Just as it was in the beginning
As you initially intended us to be
May they be restored
I pray for your healing on their body right now
Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you heed my prayer.
That you have overcome the world,
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.
Intercessory Prayer for Family
Father, wash all broken families in your precious blood and cleanse all negative feelings they have for each other and fill them with your unconditional love.
God, take away from them all bitterness, anger and the desire to hurt one another. May they grown strong in your love.
Father, have mercy on those families where they have made no time for Prayer. May they draw closer to you through daily family prayer.
Lord, have pity on families where they live only to please the flesh. May they also grow spiritually.
Lord Jesus, have mercy on all families who believe in black magic, witchcraft, and other evil practices. Set them free Lord, from all these shackles and help them to believe only in You one God forever and ever.
Lord, take pity on families who live in selfishness and pride, and where there is no real sharing of all that you have provided them generously. May they live their lives for your sake.
Have mercy Lord, on families who suffer because of alcoholism or drug addiction. Touch them and heal them. Give to all who are affected, strength and the courage to accept their and to wait patiently for deliverance.
God, have mercy on couples who do not have a child, a good job, a house to live in. Bless them in your kindness and mercy.
Father, we pray for all those who are struggling with sickness, financial problems, and other sufferings. Be merciful to them and help them in their needs.
God, we pray that all families may give the first place to Jesus in their hearts and thus become your witnesses.
Father, give us real sorrow for all our sins and give us the strength to live a virtuous life and to always glorify you. Amen.
Intercessory Prayer for Church Leaders
“Almighty Heavenly Father, I ask for your blessing upon our priest (leader) that he might receive the rest that he requires from his long hours of work. Help me to always remember that I can help my priest (leader) by offering to give my time and talents to do the things that God has gifted me to do so my priest (leader) does not have to take on that task. Help me to remember to let him know how much I appreciate the time and energy that he puts into each and everything that he does. Father, I pray that he is able to eat right and get proper exercise so that he can remain healthy for Your work. I raise up this prayer in the name of Your Son, Jesus. Amen.”
Intercessory prayer for church growth
“Lord, help us to want what You want—the joy and happiness of all the nations as they hear Your story of salvation. Open doors and empower us to go to new locations and people groups with the gospel. And help us to live in our everyday lives, representing You in our neighborhoods and workplaces. Help us bring the nations into the passionate enjoyment of Your glory!
Father, help us also to see our role in our communities as reconciliatory. To Use Your good news about Jesus to bring about reconciliation between ethnicities and factions. Help us to be healers in a hurting world.”
Effective Intercessory Prayer
Almighty Father, you are the God who can do all things. You rule over all, power and might are in your hands. When you command, it comes to pass. I praise you today and always, and I thank you for being God.
I pray to you today, for the Nations, that your word will have an unobstructed course in the nations of the world bringing sinners to your love, and turning them into Christ Jesus in salvation. God, I pray Lord for my friends and loved ones. They are yet to come to the knowledge of Christ Jesus that the Grace of God will save them from darkness into light. They will accept Christ Jesus as their savior and Lord.
Father, I pray for fellow believers who are weak spiritually, that they will be strengthened with might in their inner hearts by the Holy Spirit.
Lord, I pray for my country that your truth will reign unquestioned and that your light will repel all darkness.
Today, I pray for Grace to be turned into good works that Christ may be glorified within me.
“I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” (1 Timothy 2: 1-2). Amen”
Intercessory Prayer Verses
2 Corinthians 1:11
you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many.
for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you.
On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen; All day and all night they will never keep silent You who remind the LORD, take no rest for yourselves; And give Him no rest until He establishes And makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,1
First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,
And Abraham said to God, “Oh that Ishmael might live before You!”
“Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, and go to My servant Job, and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves, and My servant Job will pray for you For I will accept him so that I may not do with you according to your folly, because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.” So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the LORD told them; and the LORD accepted Job. The LORD restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the LORD increased all that Job had twofold.
Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
‘Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.’
Moses cried out to the LORD, saying, “O God, heal her, I pray!”
Now the people became like those who complain of adversity in the hearing of the LORD; and when the LORD heard it, His anger was kindled, and the fire of the LORD burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp. The people therefore cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to the LORD and the fire died out.
But Moses said to the LORD, “Then the Egyptians will hear of it, for by Your strength You brought up this people from their midst, and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that You, O LORD, are in the midst of this people, for You, O LORD, are seen eye to eye, while Your cloud stands over them; and You go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night.