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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 grow in our awareness of how God is fulfilling the deepest desires of our hearts, expectantly await God’s continuing work, and learn to recognize God’s presence in our lives

For the grace of attentiveness: that we may be aware of the signs of the times and that the Spirit will shake us from our complacency to live life fully each day

For authenticity: that while surrounded by the darkness of selfishness, jealousy, and greed, we may live as children of the light and show God’s love, patience, and compassion to others

For all who await God's blessings, particularly those who are pregnant, those who are separated from family or homeland, and for members of the military awaiting to return home: that God’s comforting and strengthening love will sustain them

For freedom from fear: that we may know God’s presence with us even in times of darkness and confusion

For leaders of nations: that their hearts may be awakened by God so that the needs for jobs, healthcare, safety and nourishment may be met for all who are in need

For all children: that they may recognize all the blessings that are theirs and that their hearts may not be lost in the things that they desire

For all who are working for peace, particularly in the middle East: that God will guide and inspire their work and open new doors for peace, cooperation, and economic advancement

For all who are ill, particularly those who are awaiting surgery: that God’s healing love will sustain and comfort them

For all who are returning home this weekend: that God will keep them safe and help them to arrive without delay

For the homeless and the homebound: that they may experience love and acceptance through our concern and outreach

For all who are searching for jobs: that God will open new doors and new opportunities for them to use their gifts and support their families

For all who yearn to be free and begin again, particularly those with addictions, those in abusive situations, those experiencing discrimination and persecution: that God lead them to healing and new beginnings

For communities torn by strife and civil discord: that God will turn hearts from violence and help everyone to listen and work toward a common good

For the gift of peace: that God will teach the hearts of all the human family so that swords may be turned into plowshares and the resources for war into resources for healing and development

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:

Art by Martin Erspamer, OSB
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