Intercessory Prayer Group
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.
Our Intercessory Prayer Group meets each week in the prayer chapel near the sanctuary on Monday mornings at 9:00am.
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
• 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 Timothy 2:1-2 (NIV)
• Our church leaders. The apostle Paul urges the Christians in Thessalonica to “Pray also for us, friends.”(1 Thessalonians 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. “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NIV)