Effective Intercessory Prayer

Intercessory Prayer 1The following is a guest article by Pastor Chris Bilardi, author of The Red Church, or, the Art of Pennsylvania German Braucherei, available from Pendraig Publishing.


Praying for others — that is to say, praying in intercession — does not have to be a chore. In fact, it is very simple because God does all the work. In Christian intercessory prayer one can use a modification of the Eastern “Jesus Prayer.”

In its long version: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” The shorter version: “Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me.”

That “me” can be changed to anyone’s name — as in: “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on your servant ____.” If the person being prayed for is not Christian or their religious status is unknown, the “your servant” bit can be omitted.

If praying for the dead in Christ, “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on your departed servant ____.”

If someone is in need, this is a quick prayer of intercession that can be used anytime. Also, praying for the well being of ‘strangers’ often produces some amazing results.

Again, this type of praying takes very little time, and all that is required is that one cares enough to do it in the first place. Christ does all the rest.


About Agostino

Originally from Queens, N.Y., and having grown up in Dayton, OH, Agostino Taumaturgo is a unique figure. He is the product of the unlikely combination of coming from a Traditional Roman Catholic background and a spirituality-friendly home. It was in this home that Agostino first learned the basics of meditation, prayer, and spiritual working. In time Agostino completed his theology studies and was ordained to the priesthood and was later consecrated a bishop. He has since left the Traditional movement and brings this knowledge to the “outside world” through his teaching and writing, discussing spiritual issues and practical matters through the lens of traditional Christian theology.
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