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About Intercessory Prayer
Intercessory prayer is unique to Christianity. While prayer is a key spiritual discipline of the other major world religions, their practices of prayer do not include a specifically intercessory component.
The biblical, Christian, model of intercessory prayer is Jesus, Himself.
Christians also engage in intercessory prayer respect for the biblical command to do so on behalf of government officials and others in authority.
Praying Christians often divide their prayer time between the various types of prayer. These include petitioning God for things that you want or need, thanking God for his goodness, praising God on the basis of his attributes, confessing sins, and intercessory prayer. Intercessory prayer is when one person requests a favor, direction, mercy or help for another person from God.
The model for intercessory prayer is the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He positioned himself between God and man in order to bring a reconciliation from the breach that was caused by man's original and on-going sins.
Not only did Jesus' death on the cross satisfy the wrath of God that otherwise would have been directed at each individual sinner and, according to the Bible, “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” See Romans 3:23. Jesus remains committed to a life of intercessory prayer for each person.
Hebrews 7:25 states that Jesus “ever lives to make intercession for us.”
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Intercessions, according to Paul's first letter to Timothy, should be offered on behalf of all the government officials with authority over us. The request is for them to rule in such a way as to permit us to live peacefully and quietly.Implied in the same passage is the idea that the intercessory prayers will also help these people and others to be saved after having arrived at a knowledge of the truth about Jesus' sacrificial intercessory death. See 1 Timothy 2:1-7.
Knowing what to ask of God in intercessory prayer for someone else is not as easy as it might seem at first. In fact, Paul explained that because we do not know how to pray correctly, the Holy Spirit will pray through us.
When this happens, there may not be any understandable language employed. Instead, the person who allows the Holy Spirit to express intercessory prayer through them may emit groans that have deeper meaning than human language can produce.
See Romans 8:26.
Moses prevailed with God in intercessory prayer on behalf of the people of Israel after God threatened to leave them in the care of an angel because they had so angered him by making the golden calf. Moses shared God's anger, but he was unwilling to accept God's judgment against Israel.
Instead he risked a personal encounter with God to argue for God to change his opinion and he was rewarded when God replied that he would do what Moses asked for the people because he was pleased with Moses himself. See Exodus 33.
Abraham, Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Peter, Paul and countless other people are recorded in the Bible as engaging in intercessory prayer that prevailed with God.
Famous Christians have made intercessory prayer their vocation, including Andrew Murray who wrote several books about the subject in the late 1800s. George Mueller funded an orphanage in the nineteenth century only by intercessory prayer, never asking people for any money or goods.
Hudson Taylor penetrated China with Christian missionaries whose main strategy derived from times of intercessory prayer. He also lived and worked during the nineteenth century. Recently nonprofit ministry organizations devoted to intercessory prayer have made the practice accessible to Christians from many denominations.
These include the international women's organization, Aglow International; another women's prayer group, Lydia; and the Strategic Prayer Network. The International House of Prayer devotes itself 24-7 to worship and prayer.
The first IHOP is in Kansas City, Missouri, but there are other associated houses of prayer springing up around the world.
For Christians, intercessory prayer is a particular genre. The other major faiths may direct prayer for the purpose of obtaining a blessing or seeking the well-being of another person.
However, the invitation personally to approach God with an assurance that he will hear and respond is unique to Christians. Hindu prayer, prarthana, uses mantras or ritual chants to commune with the gods, sometimes on behalf of others.
Muslims view prayer, salat, as a religious duty that recurs formally five times every day. Jewish prayer, tefilah, acknowledges God as the king of the universe who permits all the various situations and conditions for which their prayers return thanks.Finally, Buddhists use prayer as an aid to meditation and spiritual communion. They also use ritual prayers, mantras, to structure what they express.
8 Best Intercessory Prayers for Healing
Intercessory prayer is important for achieving real hop and intent for God to step in and heal another person’s life. Embracing the passion of Jesus and casting out your weakness before God will help you achieve the impossible. Here is a collection to some great intercessory prayers 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
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
Lord, may justice flow 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
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
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.
It is best to always be aware that you never really pray alone. For when the honest love in you for other people causes you to ask God to act to strengthen, heal, defend, change, or bless them, there is someone else praying with you: the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is leading you to pray.
When your love is not whole or your mind is not clear, the Spirit steps in for you, to express the intercession and draw you into it. Christian intercessors over the past two millenia have prayed their intercessions in a ‘Trinitarian’ manner : to the Father, through the Son, and in and with the Holy Spirit.
God isn’t fussy about the pattern, but it helps us to see some part of how God works in prayer.
The intercessory prayer you first pray about someone may not be what God wants you to pray for. For instance, you might be praying to lift a burden, but the Lord might be using the burden to prepare them to do something for God. Then again, your prayer might be what God wants to happen. Thus, we are to pray listening for the Spirit, and pray that God’s will be done.
I find myself concentrating better when I mutter the words; it gives my mind more focus. The mind may go off to explore something during personal devotions, but not while you’re interceding for others — those others must be your first concern.
So, it’s sometimes best to do it before you seek stillness (though God will sometimes lead you stillness into intercession — be open to it).
Don’t be surprised if the Spirit starts tugging on your heart to take some sort of action about a matter you’re praying about. You may be the answer God sends into their lives.
That’s not a license to be a buttinski, stepping into everyone’s private lives some sort of conquering hero. But the Spirit might be calling you to be more than a bystander. Be ready for it. Be open to it.
When you intercede in prayer, bring your knowledge, gifts, abilities, attention and energies before God and say, ‘use these, if that’s what it takes to set this right’.
O GOD, here is my sister – overwhelmed with grief and pain,
tearfully seeking your healing love.
Here is my brother – anxious, lonely, and frightened – uncertain even how to pray.
Do not pass them by, Lord Jesus.
Shine the light of your redeeming grace upon them. Help them to feel your loving embrace. Comfort them in their grief and heal their infirmities; lead them in your way of love.
By the power of your Holy Spirit I pray. Amen.
Lord, look upon me with eyes of mercy, may your healing hand rest upon me, may your life giving powers flow into every cell of my body and into the depths of my soul, cleansing, purifying, restoring me to wholeness and strength for service in your Kingdom. Amen.
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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.
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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.
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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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Scientific Evidence for Answered Prayer
The newest prayer study is a meta-analysis that takes into account the entire body of empirical research on intercessory prayer (17 major studies). The new study showed that according to American Psychological Association Division 12 criteria, intercessory prayer is classified as an experimental intervention that, overall, shows a small, but significant, positive effect.1
What scientific evidence do we have that God exists? Most skeptics would say “none.” A crucial doctrine ofChristianity is that God listens to and answers prayers.
So why not test thisdoctrine scientifically, using a double-blind, clinical trial? This is the exactpremise that groups of medical doctors used in double-blind “drug”studies of the efficacy of Christian prayer on healing. Papers are availableonline.
A Report on the Papers:
- “Positive Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer in a Coronary Care Unit Population”2
- “A Randomized, Controlled Trial of the Effects of Remote, Intercessory Prayer on Outcomes in Patients Admitted to the Coronary Care Unit”3
- Effects of remote, retroactive intercessory prayer on outcomes in patients with bloodstream infection: randomised controlled trial.4
Cardiac patients from the San Francisco General Medical Center were randomlydivided (using a computer-generated list) into two groups. The names of thepatients in the “test” group were given to a group of Christians, whoprayed for them while they were in the hospital. The intercessory prayer teammembers were chosen on the following basis:
- Born again Christians on the basis of John 3:35
- Led an active Christian life on the basis of
- daily devotional prayer
- fellowship in a local Christian church
The “placebo” group received no prayer. Neither the”test” nor the “placebo” group of patients knew if they werereceiving prayer. wise, the hospital staff, doctors, or nurses were”blinded” since they did not know which patient belonged to whichgroup.
Statistics were acquired from the prayer and placebo groups both before andafter prayer, until the patients were discharged from the hospital. There wereno statistical differences between the placebo and the prayer groups beforeprayer was initiated.
The results demonstrated that patients who were prayed forsuffered “less congestive heart failure, required less diuretic andantibiotic therapy, had fewer episodes of pneumonia, had fewer cardiac arrests,and were less frequently intubated and ventilated.
” Statistics demonstratedthe the prayer group had a statistically significantly lower severity scorebased upon the hospital course after entry (p < 0.01). Multivariate analysisof all the parameters measured demonstrated that the outcomes of the two groupswere even more statistically significant (p < 0.0001).
In science, thestandard level of significance is when a “p value” is less than 0.05.A value of 0.01 means that the lihood the result is because of chance is onein 100. A p value of 0.0001 indicates that in only one study 10,000 isthe result ly to be due to chance. Table 2 from thestudy is reproduced below.The remarkable thing which one notices is that nearlyevery parameter measured is affected by prayer, although individually manycategories do not reach the level of statistical significance due to samplesize.
However, multivariate analysis, which compares all parameters togetherproduces a level of significance seldom reached in any scientific study(p < 0.0001). The author points out that the method used in this study doesnot produce the maximum effect of prayer, since the study could not control forthe effect of outside prayer (i.e.
, it is ly many of the placebo group wereprayed for by persons outside of the study). It is ly that a study whichused only atheists (who had no Christian family or friends) would produce aneven more dramatic result. However, since atheists make up only 1-2% of thepopulation, it would be difficult to obtain a large enough sample size.
|Days in CCU after entry||2.0 ï¿½ 2.5||2.4 ï¿½ 4.1||NS|
|Days in hospital after entry||7.6 ï¿½ 8.9||7.6 ï¿½ 8.7||NS|
|Number of discharge medications||3.7 ï¿½ 2.2||4.0 ï¿½ 2.4||NS|
|Coronary angiography||9 (17)||11 (21)||NS|
|VT/VF||7 (14)||9 (17)||NS|
|Readmissions to CCU||7 (14)||7 (14)||NS|
|Mortality||7 (13)||9 (17)||NS|
|Congestive heart failure||4 (8)||10 (20)|