To Receive Prayers
you would like certain people, including yourself, or certain concerns
remembered before God in prayer, please leave a message at
(612)-331-1544 or send an email
- As much or as little as you feel comfortable
sharing about your concern.
- A period of time for which you'd like prayers
to be said
- If you wish, your contact information so we can
stay in touch with you about your concern.
Why Intercessory Prayer?
of our intercessory prayers for loved ones address God as
them things better than we can desire or pray for.” This
mystery of the kind of prayer that asks God to do things. God is Love,
and does not need a reminder from us to be loving. So what is the point
if intercessory prayer? Three possibilities suggest themelves:
1) Human freedom and Divine economy.
has chosen to rule the household of the cosmos in coöperation
humanity. God waited to see what Adam would call the creatures. Names
then were more important than now, expressing as it was thought, the
very essence of the thing named, so Adam’s naming the
creatures was a
participation in their creation. Perhaps in a similar way, God waits to
be invited into the world to take action. God will not go anywhere
uninvited. Our prayers give God entré into the world, just
names gave the creatures their identities.
2) Effect on the intercessor
we remember another before God, we wish her well and bless
with any act of charity, remembrance in prayer increases our
benevolence toward the recipient. In practical terms, this may result
in other acts of kindness.
3) Mystical communion
physicians have stories to tell about the importance of attitude to
recovery. Countless anecdotes tell of the recovery of desperately ill
people who have been prayed for. This proves nothing, and any attempt
to reduce this mystery to a scientific fact is misguided, reducing
prayer to a kind of sorcery. Nevertheless, it may be that there are
unknown means of communication and spiritual power. If we are all one
Body, as we say, could it be that the spiritual disposition of the
whole Body, represented by the community’s intercessions, is
in the well-being of its members as persons?
Who knows? At least
we can say that God has commanded us to pray – for ourselves
each other – and that those who do have found it meaningful
centuries, as an expression of what we call the Communion of Saints in
which we live now, unbounded by time, unaffected by death, unto ages of