Intercessory prayer is a form of prayer in which we ask not for ourselves but for another. We ask God to intercede in human affairs, making God’s presence known on earth.
Intercessory prayers are found in the Bible. Many of the psalms were cries of intercession. The prophets offered prayers of intercession for the people of Israel. In the Gospel stories. Jesus instructed his disciples to intercede for the lost (Matt. 9:36-38), and he told his followers to pray for their enemies (Matt. 5:44). Jesus practiced intercessory prayer when he prayed for Peter (Luke 22:31-32), when he prayed for his disciples (John 17), and in his final hours when he prayed, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34).
We follow these biblical examples whenever we pray for others. . . . We are invited into intercessory prayer whenever another asks for our prayers or when we request prayers for someone else.
Excerpted from “Intercession” by Jane E. Vennard in The Dictionary of Christian Spiritual Formation, © 2003 Upper Room Books. Used with permission.
Submit a Prayer Request
You are invited to submit a prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center. (Your prayer will be prayed for by one of The Upper Room’s covenant prayer groups. Please use only first names and keep your requests simple. Do not share identifying information. Remember, God knows the details.)
About The Upper Room Living Prayer Center
The mission of The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is to help individuals, small groups and local congregations grow in their understanding and experience of prayer. For more than 30 years, the prayer center has existed to help disciples of Christ experience the living, transformative power of prayer. Intercessory prayer is not something that just “happens.” The ministry is dedicated to fulfill the mission of Galatians 6:2 – “Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Funding for the toll free line is provided by The Upper Room, United Methodist Men and individual gifts.
Intercessory prayer groups across the nation are a vital part of the prayer ministry. Upper Room Covenant Prayer Groups, chartered after a minimal study period, receive prayer requests weekly or monthly from The Upper Room. There are now over 300 Covenant Prayer Groups across the United States and abroad.
For further information or to become a prayer volunteer, contact:
The Upper Room Living Prayer Center
P.O. Box 340004
Nashville, TN 37203-0004
Call:877-889-2780 Ext. 7215
Photo credit: © Beth A. Richardson. This is a cross on the grounds of Mercy Center, Burlingame, CA.