To enter into intercession we must have a heart that
... cares about the things God cares about.

Source: Diocese of Olympia
Is any one of you in trouble? Let him pray. Is any one
in good heart? Let him sing praises. Is one of you ill?
Let him send for the elders of the church to pray over
him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord;
the prayer offered in faith will heal the sick man, the
Lord will restore him to health, and if he has
committed sins they will be forgiven.
— James 5: 13-15

Prayers for intercession and petition are an ancient
Christian tradition. Prayers of intercession are part of
every Episcopal service. Informal prayer groups are
common in Episcopal and other Christian churches.
The laying on of hands and anointing for healing of
the sick is one of the oldest and richest sacraments of
the Episcopal Church.

Prayer is not an attempt to manipulate God. In our
age of instant gratification, we need to be especially
mindful of this fact....

Prayer and the sacrament of healing offer ways to
connect with God by opening our hearts to a healing
love that makes us whole.

Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the
weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering,
pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for
your love’s sake. Amen.
Prayer--Does It Make any
The Creation of Prayer

from Sister Alma Rose Has the Last

Before there was anything else on
Earth, there was a great sea. The
Creator reached out and touched the
sea, and thus began life. A living
thing thrived in the great sea,
moving, moving, always toward life.

And the one became many, and the
many grew in size and variety and
beauty, and in something not quite
like knowledge. The living things in
the sea did not know the sea, because
there was nothing else, only the sea
that was vast and green and
beautiful. They did not know that
without the sea they could not live.
They did not know about the sun or
the moon or the stars.

Then the Creator reached out again
and caused a great upheaval of the
Earth, and mountains rose up out of
the sea. In time the rains and the sun
and the tides gentled the mountains,
and there were beaches and valleys.
The sun raised water from the sea,
and the wind blew the water over the
land and baptized it with life — green
and spreading, growing, and growing
more, always toward life.
Then the tides threw creatures from
the sea onto the dry land, and some
were carried back into the deep, but
one the land to be hospitable, and
that one thrived, creeping upon the
land and swimming in the sea.

And the one became many, and the
many grew in size and variety and
beauty, and in something not quite
like knowledge, but rather in a sense
of the difference between dry land
and water. Moving, moving, always
toward life, they found that streams
flowed from the mountains to the sea,
and they thrived in and alongside the
streams, which came from the rain,
which the sun raised from the sea.

The green things — spreading,
growing, and growing more, always
toward life — became broad and tall,
and beckoned the creeping things to
feast on their fruit. In time, the
strongest of the creatures made claws
to scale the trees, and some made
wings out of their fins to soar over
oceans and rivers and land . But even
those who built nests and lived and
bore their young in trees required
water to survive, just as did the
creatures who swam only in the sea.

And the dryland creatures became
many, and the many grew in size and
variety and beauty, and in
something a little more like
knowledge, until one arose from all
the creatures who roamed the earth,
and that one had knowledge and
more; that one had understanding.

And the one became many, and the
many grew in size and variety and
strength and intelligence. But some of
the people turned their intelligence
toward small, inward things, and
forgot about the sea, and with all
their understanding, they did not
know that they had come from the
sea and required it to survive, just as
did the creatures who swam only in
the sea. They injured the streams,
though they required them to
survive. They injured the creatures
who swam in the streams; they
injured the air and the land and the
sea; they blocked the sun — though
they required all these things to

In their minds, they forgot about the
eternal sea, though their hearts
remembered, and pulsed with
admonition. And the people were
uneasy, because they believed that
their minds were more powerful than
their hearts. And so they defied their
hearts, and thus they injured even
the streams that flowed through their
bodies, pulsing from their hearts with

But in every age, among all the
peoples, there have been those who
have remembered the eternal sea,
who have known that, where pure
streams cannot flow, living things
shrivel and perish, and where the
mind is not nourished by the heart,
the mind withers and is sterile.

Those who remember are the
teachers and sages, the Wise Ones,
the Ancients, the embodied
admonitions of the
heart’s pulsing. They say to us, swim,
always, in the remembered pure
streams that flow to the sea. Immerse
yourself always in that awareness,
which is prayer. When you drink
clear water, know it as a ceremony
and celebrate the eternal sea, which
is something that we know of God. For
prayer is to the spirit as water is to
the body… and those who immerse
themselves in prayer will be
continually refreshed and renewed.

    Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace

    Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
    Where there is injury, pardon;
    Where there is doubt, faith;
    Where there is despair, hope;
    Where there is darkness, light;
    Where there is sadness, joy.
    O Divine Master,
    Grant that I may not so much seek
    To be consoled, as to console;
    To be understood, as to understand;
    For it is in giving that we receive;
    It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
    And it is in dying that we are
    born to eternal life. Amen.

    —St. Francis of Assisi,
    13th century, accessed
    from World Prayers
Prayer of a Spanish Priest

    Teach us, good Lord, to serve thee as thou
    to fight and not to heed the wounds;
    to toil and not to seek for rest;
    to labor and not to ask for any reward,
    save that of knowing we do thy will. Amen.
    -Ignatius Loyola
Types of Prayer

1. Prayer of Supplication

A passionate zeal and hunger fuels the prayer of
supplication. Jesus wants us to seek his riches. This is
where the prayer of supplication comes in. It is a
prayer that all Christians should regularly engage in.
Ask God to give you a hunger to seek his face. Notice
that in the above three scriptures people were seeking
(or asked to seek) for something specific which meant
a lot to them. Do you desire to know God's will for your
life? The prayer of supplication can sometimes lead us
into fasting.
Nehemiah 1: 1-6

2. Prayer of intercession

*Genesis 18: 22 - 33 (Abraham) 1 Kings 18: 41 - 46
(Elijah) 2 Kings 4: 32-36 (Elisha) Acts 12: 1 - 18 (The
early church)
To intercede means to plead or mediate on behalf of
another person. Jesus is interceding for us (Hebrews
7: 25) so is the Holy Spirit praying for us and through
us as we pray in the spirit. (Romans 8: 26 - 27).  
When we take it upon ourselves to pray earnestly for
other people, we enter into the realm of intercession.
Prayers for the Sick (Greek Orthodox
Let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy.

O Lord Almighty, the Healer of our souls and bodies,
You Who put down and raise up, Who chastise and
heal also; do You now, in him (her) up from his (her)
bed, and cure him (her) of his (her) illness. Put away
from him (her) the spirit of disease and of every O
Lord Almighty, the Healer of our souls and bodies,
You Who put has sins and transgressions, grant to
him (her) remission and down and raise up, Who
chastise and heal also; do You now, in Stretch forth
Your hand that is full of healing and health, and get
him (her) up from his (her) bed, and cure him (her)
of his (her) illness. Put away from him (her) the spirit
of disease and of every malady, pain and fever to
which he (she) is bound; and if he (she) has sins and
transgressions, grant to him (her) remission and
forgiveness, in that You love mankind; yea, Lord my
God, pity Your creation, through the compassions of
Your Only-Begotten Son, together with Your All-Holy,
Good and Life-creating Spirit, with Whom You are
blessed, both now and ever, and to the ages of ages.

Let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy.

O Lord our God, Who by word alone did heal all
diseases, Who did cure the kinswoman of Peter, You
Who chastise with pity and heal according to Your
goodness; Who are able to put aside every malady and
infirmity, do You Yourself, the same Lord, grant aid
to this Your servant (Name) and cure him (her) of
every sickness of which he (she) is grieved; lift him
(her) up from his (her) bed of pain, and send down
upon him (her) Your great mercy, and if it be Your
Will, give to him (her) health and a complete
recovery; for You are the Physician of our souls and
bodies, and to You do we send up Glory: to Father, and
to Son, and to Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and to
the ages of ages. Amen.
    (source unknown)
    Lord, you said that when two or three
    would gather together in your name,
    then you would be present with them.
    I am praying by myself (or ‘on the Internet’)
    but I am uniting myself
    with many individual Christians
    throughout the world
    who, though separate,
    are gathered together in another sense
    to pray to you,
    and I trust that you are with me now.

    When the thought of you wakens in us
    God our heavenly Father,
    when the thought of you
    wakes in our hearts,
    let its awakening
    not be like a startled bird
    that flies about in fear.
    Instead, let it be like a child
    waking from sleep
    with a heavenly smile. (Søren Kierkegaard)

    Christ our Morning Star
    O Christ, our Morning Star,
    Splendour of Light Eternal,
    shining with the glory of the rainbow,
    come and waken us
    from the greyness of our apathy,
    and renew in us your gift of hope. Amen.
    (Bede the Venerable)

    Come, Holy Spirit
    Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful,
    and enkindle in them the fire of your love.
    Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created
    And you shall renew the face of the earth.
    O God, who has taught the hearts of the faithful
    by the light of the Holy Spirit,
    grant that by the gift of the same Spirit
    we may be always truly wise
    and ever rejoice in his consolation.
    Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

    At the rising of your sun
    Lord God, Creator of light,
    at the rising of your sun each morning,
    let the greatest of all lights-your love-
    rise, like the sun, within my heart.

    Prayer of St Columba
    Be, Lord Jesus, a bright flame before me,
    a guiding star above me,
    a smooth path below me,
    a kindly shepherd behind me:
    today, tonight, and forever.

    I will be busy
    O Lord,
    you know how busy
      I must be this day.
    If I forget you,
    do not forget me.
    (Sir Jacob Astley, before the
    Battle of Edgehill, 1642)

    Prayer of a Breton fisherman
    Lord, the sea is so wide
    and my boat is so small.
    Be with me.

    Close to me
    Lord, you are closer to me
    than my own breathing,
    nearer than my hands and feet.
    (St Teresa of Avila)

    The Grail Prayer
    Lord Jesus,
    I give you my hands to do your work.
    I give you my feet to go your way.
    I give you my eyes to see as you do.
    I give you my tongue to speak your words.
    I give you my mind that you may think in me.
    I give you my spirit that you may pray in me.
    Above all,
    I give you my heart that you may love in me
    your Father and all mankind.
    I give you my whole self that you may
    grow in me,
    so that it is you, Lord Jesus,
    who live and work and pray in me.

    Praying the offering of self
    Lord Jesus,
    you told your friends
    not to worry about the future.
    You showed them
    how to have the attitude of simple trust
    that young children have,
    so that they could place themselves
    into the caring hands of your Father.
    And so I ask for the power of your Spirit
    that I may remain positive
    throughout all that is ordinary in
    my daily life.
    I know that your touch
    can change people and situations,
    and so I ask you
    to join me in offering to our Father
    not only the good things of this day
    but also the suffering and sacrifices
    that I want to offer cheerfully and lovingly,
    and in a quiet and hidden way.
    And so may any difficulties
    and frustration and pain of this day
    be transformed in your presence
    for the benefit of other people. Amen.
[If we ask] any thing according to his will, he
heareth us: and if we know that he hear us,
whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the
petitions that we desired of him.
1 John 5:14,15

The emphasis here is on God’s will, not our will. When
we communicate with God, we don’t demand what we
want, rather we discuss with him what he wants for
us.  If we align our prayers to his will, he will listen;
and we can be certain that if he listens, he will give us
a definite answer. Start praying with confidence!

There are many types of prayer, such as the prayer of
thanksgiving and praise, prayer of faith, prayer of
agreement, the prayer of supplication, and
intercession, along with many others. In Ephesians 6,
we are instructed to take the sword of the Spirit,
which is the Word of God and pray at all times-on
every occasion, in every season-in the Spirit, with all
manner of prayer and entreaty (Eph 6:18).  In 1
Timothy 2, we are admonished and urged that
petitions, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be
offered on behalf of all men (1 Tim 2:1).  Prayer based
upon the Word rises above the senses, contacts the
Author of the Word and sets His spiritual laws into
motion. Prayer is our responsibility!
Source: The Prayer Center
(via Beliefnet)

In the house made of dawn.
In the story made of dawn.
On the trail of dawn.
O, Talking God.
His feet, my feet, restore.
His limbs, my limbs, restore.
His body, my body, restore.
His mind, my mind, restore.
His voice, my voice, restore.
His plumes, my plumes,
With pollen beautiful in his
voice, with pollen beautiful
in my voice.
Praise ~ from Psalm 103

Praise the Lord, O my soul
All that is within me, Praise his holy name
He forgives all my sins
He redeems my life from the pit
And crowns me with love and compassion
He satisfies my desires with good things
So that my youth is renewed like the eagle's

    by Kimberly Daniels

    Equipping for Life Change

    Reviewed by Richard R Blake

    Best-selling author Kimberly Daniels has
    compiled a collection of prayers [that
    draw from] ...prayer with her
    intercessory prayer team. [The books
    initial focus is]... changing the spiritual
    life. These are prayers designed to bring
    transformation to the individual reader.

    [There are]... prayers for: the economy,
    community revival, the president,
    celebrities, and prayers for Israel and the
    Middle East.

    There are powerful prayers for breaking out of bondage which
    lead to changes brought about through spiritual warfare.
    Another important emphasis are the prayers that bring
    change to marriage and family relationships.

    These intentional prayers of proclamation, confession, and
    intercession are anointed with the Holy Spirit's touch. It is
    important for the reader to allow the His interaction, and the
    accompanying ministry of conviction, teaching, comfort,
    enabling, and empowerment to enter into the prayer for
    personal enrichment, transformation, and change.

    Kimberly Daniels has given us a strategic, Spirit led, resource
    of "Power Prayers that Produce Results" in her book "Prayers
    that Bring Change."
also learns to talk
carelessly. unclarity an idea. My very
dear, dear children: don't let
yourselves think carelessly. An idea
is God's gift and it needs to be taken
care of. To be clear in one's ideas,
and to be responsible for them, is a
token of spiritual freedom and
intellectual joy.
Pavel Florensky,
"My Will"
Marianne Williamson

...first made headlines with her 1975
A Return to Love: Reflections on
the Principles of A Course in Miracles.
that book is the following well-known
quote that is still often attributed to
Nelson Mandela:
Our deepest fear is that we are
powerful beyond measure. It is our
light, not our darkness, that most
frightens us. We ask ourselves, who
am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
Actually, who are you not to be? You
are a child of God. Your playing
small doesn't serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about
shrinking so that other people won't
feel insecure around you. We are all
meant to shine, as born to make
manifest the glory of God that is
within us. It's not just in some of us;
it's in everyone. And as we let our
own light shine, we unconsciously
give other people permission to do
the same. As we're liberated from
our own fear, our presence
automatically liberates others.

Williamson is a minister in the
Unity Church
, which identifies
with the
New Thought Movement.
Her theology draws heavily from
Buddhism as well as Judaism and

She presents lecturers and
workshops throughout the country
and is the founder of
Project Angel
Food and  the Peace Alliance, a
grass roots campaign supporting
legislation currently before
Congress to establish a United
Department of Peace.
Intercessory Prayers
Marianne Williamson

Prayer of agreement

Genesis 11: 1-9, Matthew 18: 19-20, Exodus 17: 8-13,
Psalm 133: 1-3, Acts 4:23, Hebrews 10: 24-25

The prayer of agreement is when two or more people
come together and agree with one another and with
the Word of God that something specific will be done.
People that do not worship God or indeed worship
satan, can also stand in agreement and see power
released (Genesis 11: 1-9).
God has given power and authority to the Church and
when we stand together in unity we can see more of
God's power released (Matthew 28: 16-20). Unity is
standing together with one purpose, sharing a joint
vision and trusting God's Word to be fulfilled. We need
to appreciate the power of unity if we are to see God's
power released.
    Our deepest fear is
    not that we are
    Featured in the video to the left
    is Nicholas James Vujicic (born
    4 December 1982), a preacher,
    a motivational speaker, and the
    Director of the nonprofit Life
    Without Limbs.. He was born
    with Tetra-amelia syndrome,
    which is found in only a few
    families worldwide. Besides the
    absence of all four limbs, the
    syndrome usually involves other
    severe medical problems, and
    most affected children die shortly
    after birth. Vujicic is thus unusual
    in having not only survived but
    apparently thrived....

    I pray we, all children of the earth, no matter our path to
    enlightenment, come to realize that we are one. We may walk
    our own paths, but we are not alone, for we walk at the same
    time, toward the same end/beginning. From our individual
    perspectives, be we Pagan, Christian, Muslim, Jew, Buddist,
    Taoist, or Hindu, are the same. I pray that we all feel the love
    of our Creator and by example learn to see each other as
    brothers and sisters, allowing the boundary lines of religion to
    fade away. May the Lord and Lady bless your path. May you
    always have enough, and may you give enough in return.
    Blessed Be.  Beliefnet member Fae Aisling

3. Prayer of faith

Mark 11:12 - 14, Mark 11: 20 - 25, Luke 7: 1 - 10,
James 5: 13 - 18, Matthew 9: 18 - 26

...The prayer of faith is rooted in our confidence on
God's Word. The woman with the issue of blood
(Matthew 9) knew that touching Jesus would get her
healed. Her faith gave her the strength to press
through the crowd. When you are sure that what you
are praying for is God's will the prayer of faith can be
employed. Unforgiveness (Mark 11: 25) and doubt
(James 1: 5-8) are the two greatest hindrances to the
prayer of faith. Where the prayer of supplication is
seeking God's will, the prayer of faith is knowing God's
will, praying it and receiving it from Him.
5. Prayer of praise and thanksgiving

Psalm 100, Acts 16:16-34, Psalm 149:4-9,
1Thessalonians 5:15-19

Praise and worship bring us into the presence of God.
When we praise God in the midst of seemingly
negative situations we are affirming our faith in
Him. This pleases God and helps our faith.
Praise and thanksgiving are powerful weapons to the
believer. It destroys the hold of [evil]...  and unbelief
over our life. Praise and thanksgiving in effect disarm
the two most deadly weapons to our Christian walk;
namely, unbelief and [evil].... These two things can
manifest in many different ways. No wonder  the
scriptures call praise a two-edged sword! (Ps.149: 4-9)
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have written or collected,
along with suggestions and
questions, to
It is finished in beauty. It is finished in beauty.
In the house of evening light.
From the story made of evening light.
On the trail of evening light