Year of Prayer: The value of Intercessory Prayer

by Jon Strickler

The month of February will focus on intercessory prayer. Intercessory prayer is the Body of Christ in action. It’s taught that the Body of Christ is comprised of three categories of the Communion of Saints:

  • The Church Militant—saints who are alive on earth.
  • The Church Suffering—saints who are alive and being perfected in purgatory.
  • The Church Triumphant—saints who are alive “in heaven” participating in the Beatific Vision… seeing God as He is, face to Face.

We’ve all probably heard of Matthew 18:20. “When two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”. God hears us when we pray alone, but there is a certain authority granted to the church community when gathering for a purpose.

When I think of intercessory prayer, I think of our heavenly Mother, guardian angels, and the Communion of Saints. In an earthly sense, I think of times I’ve asked my Mom to help convince my Dad of something. It could have been for a new bike, karate lessons, it doesn’t really matter, I knew with Mom’s support Dad would usually come around. Remember, it was at Mary’s intercession that Jesus turned water into wine for the wedding at Cana.

Stay tuned. Throughout the coming weeks, we will provide some practical applications of Intercessory Prayer. Let us remember what Saint Paul urged “supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way.” (1 Tim 2:1-2). May our prayers create a reservoir in us which overflows, enriching the lives of others.

For more information on intercessory prayer please visit Articles 2634 through 2636 of The Catechism Of the Catholic Church.

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