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Christian Prayers of Intercession & Thanksgiving

People pray for many different reasons. They may ask God to meet a specific need such as healing, employment or finances. People offer prayers for themselves and for others. Intercession means to pray for another, and the prayer can include a request for something specific or a more general prayer asking for the highest and best blessings for the person. You may follow a prayer of intercession with a prayer of thanksgiving when the need is met.

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Interceding for the Sick

Jesus, I come to you on behalf of this brother who is ill. We know that you came as the Great Physician and that you interceded and healed many who came to you. We follow your example in interceding for (name) and laying hands on him as we pray. Heal his body, mind, spirit and circumstances. Allow them to line up with your will for his highest and best good. Thank you for hearing us and answering our prayer. Amen.

Interceding for Leaders

Lord, we lift the leaders of our country and our world to you. You generously provide wisdom to those who ask, according to James 1:5. We ask that you provide them with godly wisdom and clear direction. Light the way for them that they may lead with humility and concern for those in their care. Bring peace and understanding between leaders that all may live on this planet in peace and harmony, with sufficient resources so everyone has enough.

We also pray for those who lead our church. Give them wisdom and strength to lead us in the way of all truth. Meet every need with your riches and reward their service with your favour. Thank you for answering these prayers. Amen.

Interceding for Needs

Father, Matthew 18:19-20 promises that whatever two or more agree on in prayer, you will do. I lift up my sister and brother to you right now, as we stand here praying in agreement. I affirm that every need they have is met. Funds to cover their rent, utilities, car needs and basic necessities appear according to your riches. Their business prospers so they may enough to cover their needs and to bless others. Their bodies function in a healthy manner and they are free from disease. They receive the highest and best resolution for their situation. Thank you, God, for meeting their needs and for showing them you are faithful. Amen.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Father God, thank you for meeting all our needs. Thank you for bringing peace and comfort in every situation. We appreciate your promise in Matthew 6:25-34 that promises to meet the basic needs for food, clothing, shelter and drink if we seek you first and live in right standing with you. We trust in you. Amen.

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About the Author

Rev. Kathryn Rateliff Barr has taught birth, parenting, vaccinations and alternative medicine classes since 1994. She is a pastoral family counselor and has parented birth, step, adopted and foster children. She holds bachelor's degrees in English and history from Centenary College of Louisiana. Studies include midwifery, naturopathy and other alternative therapies.

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