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Ideas for General Intercessions

These ideas are designed to be starting points for the prayers of a particular community of faith.

Joe Milner

For the Church: that we may place a supreme value on seeking the reign of God and utilize all our talents to deepen our relationship with God

For confidence in God’s love for each of us: that we may rely upon God’s generous love to sustain us and bring good out of all the experiences of our lives

For freedom of spirit: that God will free our hearts from all that entraps them and help us to be free to share our knowledge, gifts, and possessions with those who are suffering

For all leaders in the Christian community: that God will give them wisdom in choosing how to present the Gospel tradition in new and meaningful ways today

For all who are searching for meaning: that God will guide their search, lead them to a new understanding, help them encounter a community where the Gospel is lived, and grant healing to those whom the church or its leaders have wounded (Edited, #4, 2020)

For all who are engaged in evangelization and outreach: that they may cast a wide net through offering hospitality and dynamic witness to the Good News to all they encounter

For Grace and insight: that we may utilize the traditions and practices that have sustained previous generations of Christians and be open to following the new inspirations of the Holy Spirit in our lives

For Wisdom: that we may be able to resist the allure of advertisements that offer easy and quick solutions to life’s problems and invite the Holy Spirit to lead us into a deeper experience of God’s providence

For all judges: that God's wisdom will fill their hearts so that they may decide fairly for all the afflicted and reverence the value and dignity of each human life

For all parents: that God will guide them in nurturing their children, inspire them in helping their children to seek God first and to share their gifts and talents with others

For all children who are at risk, particularly those in homes with drug addiction or violence: that God will protect them from harm and help their caregivers to protect and nurture them

For all who are working for justice: that God will help them to remind society of the truth about human dignity and inspire their words to unlock hearts and move people to action

For members of Congress: that God will break through the mistrust that has developed and guide them in developing effective laws to address injustice and the greatest needs of society

For reverence for God's creation: that we may recognize the world around us as God's gift and work to promote care and respect for the soil, air, water, animals, and the human family

For all suffering from the heat: that God will moderate the temperatures, help suffers to find relief, and help us to show care for one another

Joe Milner coordinates RCIA and is a member of the Liturgy Planning Team for St. Francis Xavier College Church on Saint Louis University campus in St. Louis, Missouri. For more information about St. Francis Xavier go to:

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