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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 recognize God's presence in both the extraordinary and ordinary events of our lives so that we may cooperate with God more fully

For a renewal of our faith: that we may keep Christ as the center of our attention and never tire of calling out for God’s saving help when challenges arise

For freedom from fear: that we may hear the voice of Christ calling us to “not be afraid” and learn to turn to God in every circumstance that is beyond our control

For the Jewish people, recipients of the promises and covenant, and bearers of much hardship: that they may ever deepen their relationship with God and remain faithful to the One who has called them

For all who struggle with doubt and uncertainty: that they may find a path for growth and deeper faith

For families facing crisis: that they may hear Christ’s invitation to step forward in faith and find healing and renewal as they take the hand of Christ

For all who sail or make their living on the sea: that God will protect and guide them each day

For all who are recovering from hurricanes, floods, or other disasters: that God will give them courage, ease their pain, and touch the hearts of many to assist them

For all who are facing the storms of persecution, particularly the Christians in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East: that God will keep them safe and help them witness to the Gospel faithfully

For all who are experiencing the storms of daily life: that they may keep their eyes and attention on Jesus who strengthens us and calms our chaos

For greater civility in public discourses: that all political leaders may show respect for their opponents, express their ideas and concerns thoughtfully, and work to promote the common good of society

For all who are experiencing financial difficulties: that God will give them hope, open new opportunities for them, and guide them to the assistance that they need

For all who are ill: that God will relieve their suffering, bring healing to the sick, and sustain them as they work to recover their strength 

For all who are working to end the coronavirus: that God will give strength to all who are caring for sick, wisdom to those searching for a cure, and insight to those working on a vaccine

For an end to nuclear weapons: that God will turn world leaders from weapons of mass destruction, open new avenues to resolve disputes, and protect the human family from their use again

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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