Intercessory Prayer

Throughout the ages, people have called on God for their own needs, but also for the need of others. We pray because we desire blessing for others that we have no power to give them. That blessing might be physical or material (food, shelter, healing, safety), or it might be spiritual (peace, open eyes to see and receive God’s love). This role of intercession (one person praying on behalf of another) has been so important in church history that, for centuries, a central part of church liturgies has been the “Prayers of the People”—Christians praying for their church, community, country, and world.

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