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What is Intercessory Prayer? (with pictures)
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Intercessory prayer is prayer which is undertaken on behalf of others. The intercessor uses prayer to communicate with God, making a request on behalf of someone else or on behalf of a group of people.
Many religions include some sort of tradition of intercessory prayer, both for individual worshipers and for groups, and many people find intercessory prayer an important and fulfilling part of their religious practice.
Because intercessory prayer requires a sense of compassion for others, some people believe that it is an important way to contribute to the societies that they live in.Intercessory prayer is also markedly different from personal prayer or meditation, which may be important for self development, but not helpful for the world in general.
In a way, this sort of prayer is a selfless act of charity, by using a relationship with God to assist someone else, as an intercessor is literally someone who pleads or takes the case of another.
Most typically, someone makes an intercessory prayer on behalf of a living person or group. For example, someone might pray that his or her mother recovers from a dangerous illness.
Others might pray for citizens of a nation which is caught in the turmoil of a war, or for other groups of people. It is also possible to pray on behalf of living animals, and in some cases an intercessory prayer may target an entity.
In all cases, God is asked to intervene in some way which will be beneficial.
Many cultures also have a tradition of prayers for the dead, which is a form of intercessory prayer. In many religions, prayers for the dead are extremely important, and some people believe that it will not be possible to enter the afterlife without these prayers.
In religions which have a belief in hell or some sort of punishment after death, people may pray that their loved ones reach paradise, indicating that they forgive these people for any transgressions they may have made during their lives and providing evidence that they are good people who are deserving of God's love.
In some Christian sects, people may also pray to the saints as a form of intercessory prayer. For example, many Catholic fishermen pray to Saint Andrew, the patron saint of fishermen, asking him to intercede with God on their behalf. Others wear medals representing various saints, in the hopes that the saints will look favorably on them and support their cause with God.
|Tufenkian925 Post 5||@ShadowGenius|
I think that the fact that Christ said he is the way and exhibited it clearly at calvary conflicts with this idea that there are many ways to God. If you want to know God, you must necessarily pursue the way of God, which is straight and narrow. People who are merely pursuing what is «comfortable» will not find it easy to give up their selfishness and take up their cross.
|ShadowGenius Post 4||@GigaGold|
I think that we can have more than one intercessor and can pray to many gods, but that all of these prayers will ultimately be directed back to God himself. I think that God is just too big for only one religion. Everyone has their own way of getting to God, and everyone's way fits them best. It's all about finding what you are most comfortable with.
|GigaGold Post 3||@hangugeo112|
Jesus said «I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.» It is sad to see how the world is beginning to doubt that Christ is the only way and is forcing an intolerant «tolerance» of many ways to God. This is a universalist view, and is obviously not what Christ taught.
|hangugeo112 Post 2||In Christian belief, Christ is the main intercessor between God and Man. He is both fully God and fully man, and is the emissary between us both, the propitiatory sacrifice which reconciled us to God and makes a clear pathway to him. He is in heaven interceding on our behalf.|
An Intercessory Prayer — Encouraging Others
Have you ever felt an unexplained burden on your heart to pray for the masses, for unnamed others, for your community or the world at large? The Bible is filled with examples of men and women who lifted up others in prayer, and Ephesians 6:18 tells us to: pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people.
What is Intercession and Intercessory Prayer?
The primary principle of intercession is simply to tell God what He tells us to tell Him as the means of releasing His power. He tells us what to pray in His Word. We can pray the Bible. It is profoundly simple. Intercession is God’s brilliant strategy for including the saints in ruling with Him in power. Its mystery is in its weakness, simplicity, humility, and accessibility to all.
God has chosen intercession as the primary means in which He releases His power now and forever. Jesus operated in the principle of intercession when He created the earth by speaking the Word to the Father (Genesis 1). He releases His power now and will rule the nations forever in partnership with His people through intercession.
- Intercession causes us to internalize God’s Word and changes us.
- Intercession unites our heart to people and places we pray for.
- Intercession renews our hope and faith.
- Intercession imparts life (John 6:63).
- Intercession makes a long-term impact beyond this age (Rev. 5:8, 8:1-6).
- Intercession humbles us.
- Intercession changes the spiritual atmosphere of cities and nations.
- Intercession causes multiple blessings to return to the intercessor (Luke 6:38).
(Excerpt from The Revelation of Intercession by Debbie Przybylski)
Example Intercessory Prayer
Lord Jesus, I come to you today and thank you for the privilege of praying for others. I've been the recipient of others' prayers so often, I understand how powerful intercessory prayer can be.
I ask you first to cleanse my heart and show me if there is any unconfessed sin in my own life so that my prayers for others will not be hindered.
I thank you that through your name, I can come boldly before you and pray with confidence, according to your will and know that you hear me.I lift up those in my neighborhood, in my city, and in my church. Begin with those who follow you, and help them influence others for good. Let them be salt and light, pointing others to you. Deepen their love for you and for the people around them. Guard them from hypocrisy or from giving in to temptations that could harm the cause of Christ.
Raise up leaders who will serve you faithfully at all costs. Turn the hearts of fathers toward their children, and families toward you. Help them to exemplify your values, and make them bold in their faith. Strengthen my own family, and those closest to me, Lord.
May our love for you help us to love and forgive others and make a difference in our world.
I pray for teachers, for students, and for all those in authority and leadership, both locally and throughout the world. Give them your mind, and surround them with godly counselors who will exercise integrity and work for justice, morality, and freedom. Help them to esteem you, not dismiss you. Send revival, Lord.
I pray for the lost, the hurting, the lonely, the sick, the bereaved, and those who are imprisoned—behind both visible and invisible walls. Send your comfort, your peace, and your calming presence to those who are without hope. Protect the defenseless, and hold them close to your heart.
I pray for laborers to tell the good news of Jesus to people around our world. Jesus, my heart cries out for persecuted believers, too. Make them brave, and give them your powerful protection. I pray you will bring swift justice to those who want to destroy the innocent and those who carry your name.
Bind the power of Satan, and strengthen believers everywhere.
So many needs, Jesus, but you are adequate for every need. Your name is powerful, and your power is great. So it's in your name that I pray—and believe.
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Publication date: September 7, 2016
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The Great Intercessory Prayer of Jesus John 17:1-26 Bible Study with Commentary
- Gospel of John Study
- Intercessory Prayer
The Seventeenth Chapter of John is generally referred to as «The Great Intercessory Prayer,» or «The High Priestly Prayer of Jesus.» It was not uncommon for farewell speeches to include closing prayers, but this prayer is seen by many as «Jesus' farewell speech.»
Possibly all of Jesus' work, even what was later completed on the cross, was included in this intercessory prayer.
The Great Intercessory Prayer of Jesus
Verse 1-2: «When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, «Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, 2since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him.»
Lifting one's eyes to heaven was a traditional posture of prayer.
The cross is linked with glory numerous times in this Gospel. The completion of this mission would present the gift of eternal life to all flesh, and glory to the Father and the Son.
The word «Glory,» as Jesus used it in His intercessory prayer, goes beyond the way it is usually used. In glorifying God, the Greek word «doxazo» means, «To make known; to make or leave a favorable impression or opinion,» and Jesus' life did that.
Jesus glorified God by finishing the work the Father gave Him to do.
Verse 3: «And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.»
Only the true God, through Jesus Christ, can provide eternal life.
The title, «The only True God,» is not found anywhere else in the Gospel of John and is used here to differentiate with false gods. This is also the only Scripture where Jesus refers to Himself as, «Jesus Christ.» (Christ is the Greek word for, «The Anointed One, the «Messiah).»
Verse 4: «I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. 5And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.»
Scripture tells us that Moses, «Reflected God's glory,» (Ex 33-34). However, Jesus is to be glorified as in «His Preexistent Glory,» when He was with the Father.
Jesus, sharing the Father' Glory, is a claim to Deity.
Jesus is identified with God throughout the New Testament. He has revealed both, the identity of God, and His nature.
The plurality in His statement, «Before the world existed», also points to the pre-existence of the Son before the earth and mankind were created.
Jesus Prays for the Disciples
Verse 5-6: «I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.
«The disciples would have had a relationship, and belonged to God through His covenant with Israel.
The Father gave them to help Jesus introduce the New Testament, (The Message of Jesus), to the world, and Jesus said, «They have kept your Word.» (They had been faithful).
Verse 7-8: «Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. 8For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.»Jesus affirms that the disciples are beginning to understand the uniqueness of the relationship between Him and the Father.
What did they understand?
The disciples understood that everything Jesus has received is from the Father:
- He has come forth from and was sent by the Father
- That Jesus, being the Word of God, bears within Himself the Words of God
- That Jesus contains the divine revelation and communication to men
Verse 9: «I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours.»
Jesus now explicitly prays for the disciples, not for those in the world.
Verse 10: «All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them.»
Everything that belongs to Jesus belongs to the Father, and all the Father has, is His.
Verse 11: «And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.»
Jesus’ departure is so near that He speaks as if He has already left. He does this to contrast His own situation with that of the disciples, who are still in the world.
The term, «Holy Father;» is the only time it is used in the Bible. It refers to God's purity and tenderness, and the intimacy of Jesus toward the Father that is so Characteristic of Jesus.
To «Keep them in your name,» the name is the contact between Christ and His disciples in the Father.
Jesus prayed that the Father would keep the disciples after He had returned to Heaven so that they would be as one, with the same unity as He and the Father.
Verse 12: «While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.»
Jesus guarded and protected the disciples while He was with them. This reflects the image of the «Good Shepard» as He taught in Chapter 10: «He gives eternal life to His own.
None of the disciples have perished, except Judas Iscariot, «That the scripture might be fulfilled.
» This passage is not given, but it is believed to be Psalm 41:9, «Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.»
Jesus offered Judas life, but he did not accept it.
Verse 13: «But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.»
Jesus, in His High Priestly prayer, is praying/speaking these things for the comfort of His disciples that they might have joy fulfilled in themselves. Jesus expresses total confidence in the Father. Joy comes from having this confidence.
I believe we are supposed to have the 'joy of the Lord' in our lives. Jesus mentioned 'joy' many times in His ministry, as in John 15:11. “These things I have spoken to you that my joy may be in you, and your joy may be made full,” and in John 16:24 “Ask, and you will receive, so that your joy may be fulfilled.»
Verse 14: «I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.»
Again, Jesus refers to being in the world, but not of the world. The world hated Jesus and emphasizes that the world will hate His disciples.It is impossible to be «Worldly,» and «Christ-» at the same time. It is trying to mix oil and water.
Wouldn't it be comforting to think the world will appreciate our Christianity, but, according to Jesus, this will not happen. «If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you the world, therefore the world hates you,” (John 15:19).
Verse 15-16: «I do not ask that you take them the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.» They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.»
Jesus' disciples are already hated by the world because of their association with Him. Nevertheless, it is expedient for them to deliver His message, and Jesus asks the Father to protect them from the evil one, meaning Satan.
Verse 17: «Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.» Sanctification is different from cleansing but is related to pruning.
To be sanctified is to be dedicated, consecrated, or set apart. The disciples who were with Jesus in the upper room were the ones who continued with him, (except for Judas Iscariot). They knew the truth about who Jesus was, and why He had come into the world.
For this reason, Jesus could ask the Father to set them apart, as He is set apart, that they might carry on His mission after His departure. Today's Christians have the same commission, are consecrated, set apart, and dedicated by the Holy Spirit to serve God.
Verse: 18: «As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.»
Just as God had sent Jesus into the world, Jesus sent His disciples into the world to continue His mission after His departure. Here, Jesus was setting them apart to do the work He had called them to do. Jesus, His followers are to be in the world, but not of the world.
Verse 19: «And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth».Jesus is consecrating Himself as had been the sacrificial animals.
In John In 10:36, He referred to himself as “the one whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world.” Here Jesus is consecrating, or “setting Himself apart” to do the will of the Father, and that is, to go to the cross.
Jesus Prays for All Believers
Verse 20: «I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word,»Jesus Prayed the same prayer for the ones who will believe in Him because of the testimony of the disciples, who would carry His Message to the world.
Verse 21: «that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.»
Here in His «Great Intercessory Prayer,» Jesus prays for each child of God to abide in the same unity that exists between He and the Father that allows for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, thereby forming a oneness with God.The ultimate result will be that the world comes to believe that Jesus was sent by the Father.
Verse 22: «The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one,»Jesus is speaking (praying), for those who will believe because of the testimony of the disciples.
This is a prophetic, or proleptic statement. He is speaking in present tense concerning the glory those who have been born again will one day receive.
Verse 23: «I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.»
God in Jesus and Jesus in those who have been born again separates Christianity from every other religion. To be a Christian, in the simplest to understand term, means to have a personal relationship with Jesus our Savior.
This special prayer was for all Believers to be perfected through Him; and that they would be one body under one head, animated by one soul through their union with Christ and the Father in Him, by the Holy Spirit dwelling in them.
Verse 24: «Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.»
In the closing moments of His great intercessory prayer, Jesus asks for the ones the Father has given Him, to be with Him, so that they might see His glory, (The glory He had before the foundation of the world). Here again, Jesus mentions His pre-existence with the Father, in eternity past.
Verse 25: «O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me.»
Although the world does not know the Father, Jesus does. And the Believers for whom He prays, the disciples, and those who come later, will know He was sent by the Father.
Verse 26: «I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them»
Jesus will continue to make the Father's Name known so that the love with which the Father loved Him will be in the Followers of Jesus, and in fact, Jesus himself will be in them.
His concluding prayer is confirmation that the presence of Jesus dwells permanently in those who have accepted Him as their Savior. He will not leave them alone and forsaken, but will be in them forever. This concludes our study of, «The Intercessory Prayer of Jesus.»
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21 Powerful Intercessory Prayers for the Church
Prayer is everything in the Christian life. Praying for those that lead and attend our church is just one way to seek the protection and strength of the Lord. These powerful intercessory prayers for the church will help to call on the power of the Lord for blessing.
Save, O Lord, and have mercy upon the old, the young, the needy, the orphans and the widows, and on all that are in sickness and sorrow, in distress and affliction, in oppression and captivity, in prison and confinement.
More especially have mercy upon Your servants who are under persecution for Your sake and for the sake of the Orthodox Faith at the hands of heathen nations, of apostates, and of heretics: remember them, visit, strengthen, keep and comfort them, and make haste to grant them, by Your power, relief, freedom, and deliverance.
God, help our church body to walk in a manner worthy of the calling You have given us. Help us in all our interactions with one another to have humble and gentle hearts. Grant us patience for one another, bearing with one another in love. Grant the Body of Christ unity. May we walk humbly with You, God, allowing You to show us our wrongs.
Strengthen your people for their witness and work in the world. Fill your ministers with your Spirit, that they may faithfully preach the gospel and administer your holy sacraments. Unite in the truth all who confess your name, that we may live together in love and proclaim your glory in all the world. Father, hear our prayer, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Lord, I lift up the Church in our nation. We humbly unite and confess as one people—one Church called by Your name—that we have sinned. We’ve operated acquired wealth thinking we could do it on our own—but we are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. We seek Your face, O God! Thank You for hearing and forgiving us. We wait on You for the healing of our land!
Give wisdom to those in authority in every land, and give to all peoples a desire for righteousness and peace, with the will to work together in trust, to seek the common good and to share with justice the resources of the earth. Father, hear our prayer, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Lord, what the enemy means for evil against our church body, we believe You can use for good. Remind our hearts of this.
When we are being attacked and crushed from all sides, remind us of Your faithfulness to use everything for Your good and Your glory. May we not fear but trust in Your provision for our church family.
May we not only be readers of Your Word but believers and doers. Increase our faith, Lord.
We give thanks for… We pray for… those in need:
those who suffer; the sick; the poor; the distressed; the lonely; the unloved; the persecuted; the unemployed; those who grieve; and those who care for them…
Comfort and heal, merciful Lord, all who are in sorrow, need, sickness, or any other trouble. Give them a firm trust in your goodness; help those who minister to them; and bring us all into the joy of your salvation.mFather, hear our prayer, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Let us pray for the sick and for those who suffer, for all in the nursing homes and hospices of our parish, and for those who are housebound. We remember all who are sick, among them … (a list of names follows)
Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit; give them courage and hope in their troubles; and bring them the joy of your salvation.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.
Lord, You have told us in Your Word that You hear our prayers. We are crying out to You, we are humbling ourselves before You and seeking Your face. We come together as a church body to seek You. We repent and turn from our wicked ways, thank You for hearing us. Thank you for Your forgiveness and healing.
Lord, I lift up the children and youth in my congregation to You. May the little ones remain humble examples of what we adults need to become in the kingdom. Let their conduct always be pure and right with reputations that show that they remember You, Creator God. Teach them to declare Your marvelous deeds. May they flee evil desires and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace.
We pray for the welfare of your church here on earth: guide and govern it by your good Spirit, so that all who call themselves Christians may be led in the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life.
All this we ask for the sake of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.
Father God, You desire peace and unity and encouragement for our body of believers. Help us, Lord, to pursue what makes for peace and for building one another up. To pursue the things You will lead to peace and unity.
Give us discerning hearts to know Your will and give us the courage to be obedient. Lord, we know that without You and Your Holy Spirit indwelling each of us, we cannot do any of these things.
But, with You and for Your glory, grant our body peace and unity.
Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit, especially … (a list of names follows) … and all those being cared for in this parish. Give them courage and hope in their troubles; and bring them the joy of your salvation. Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.
Almighty God, we praise you for your creation, and all you richly provide. Enable us to live in such a way that your majesty and mercy are seen by all. Father hear our prayer,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Lord, I lift up our need for protection. Protect and deliver us from the evil one. Help us be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves as we deal with the wolves around us. Show us how to test every spirit to see if they are from You. Help us recognize the enemy’s disguises and schemes so that he won’t outwit us.
All governments rule under your authority. May they work for the good of those they rule, seeking your justice and peace in every law and action. Father hear our prayer,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We hold in your presence all who are being cared for in this parish, and thank you for the care and dedication of the staff.
We name before you all those with particular needs who have asked for our prayers, especially … (a list of names follows).
May they know your presence with them, and that you are their strength, their healing, and their salvation. Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.
Comfort and strengthen those who are gripped by poverty, weakened by illness, or oppressed by cruelty. May they know your love and experience your care. Father hear our prayer,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Lord, I lift up my elders (church board) to You. Help us respect and honor them as they direct the affairs of our church. May they wholeheartedly give their attention to prayer and ministry of the Word. Keep them above reproach, devoted to their families, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable and able to teach. May they be gentle and honest as they deal with people.
Lord, You have given us what seems an impossible task with this passage. You have asked us to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow You. Even when our spirits are willing, the flesh is weak. You know our hearts, Father.
Help us, with Your Holy Spirit, to examine our hearts and hear from You. The longer we walk with You, the more we look You. We desire to become more and more You, less selfish and more selfless, willing to deny ourselves in any and all situations.
You have told us that when we lose our life for Your sake, we will save it. Save us from ourselves, God.
Lord, I lift up our love for one another as a body. Help us purify ourselves by obeying the truth so that our love for each other will be sincere, deep and from the heart. May our love for one another prove that we are Your disciples. Give us a spirit of unity so that we may glorify You with one heart and voice. Help us accept one another as we clothe ourselves in love.
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