Writing Prompt: Do You Offer Intercessory Prayers for Others?

"I Know I Can" WNFIN Prompt 028Prayer Definitions Monday

Are you familiar with intercessory prayers? They are prayers that we, as a person or group, offer on behalf of others. For example, when we hear that a family in our community has lost a child to cancer, we feel their pain and say to them, “I’m sorry. I will keep you in my prayers.”

There are many reasons why we may want to pray for others. Your job is to reflect on your prayer habits and answer the question: Do you offer intercessory prayers for others?

Creative Idea Gal’s Thoughts

One thing I’ve dramatically improved in my personal life is the act of saying prayers for others. Almost daily, I hear about people who are sick, those who have lost jobs, people who are bullied, etc. I have my own problems that I’m dealing with. Notwithstanding my personal issues, I make it a practice to close my eyes, even for a second, and pray an intercessory prayer for someone who needs it. My rationale for doing so? It never hurts to pray for others. If more people did it, I believe the landscape of our community would improve.

Helpful Resources

For today’s prompt, I offer:

A Christian perspective on intercessory prayers.

A Christian Judaic view of intercessory prayers.

A Muslim view of intercessory prayers.

A Judaic view of intercessory prayer.

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  • Step 1: Research intercessory prayers. Find out who prays them and the reasons why people pray them.
  • Step 2: Reflect upon your own praying habits. Determine whether you offer intercessory prayers for others and under what circumstances.
  • Step 3: Write! Add definitions and personal perspectives. Suggestion: create your writing in the form of an opinion, essay, blog post, or social media blurb (status update, post, tweet).
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About the Author

Amanda M. Socci, J.D., is a freelance writer with 14 years of experience writing professionally. Socci currently cuts her blogging chops on her personal portfolio blog, the Creative Idea Gal blog, and on an online news site, Mount Vernon Patch. Inspired by Nina Amir’s Write Nonfiction in November writing challenge, she created a unique 10-month training program for Writenonfictionnow.com and Writenonfictioninnovember.com blog visitors.

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