Prayer of Intercession
Another common type of prayer, intercession, “is a prayer of petition which leads us to pray as Jesus did. He is the one intercessor with the Father on behalf of all men, especially sinners” (2634).
It is an ancient type of prayer found in the Bible. The Catechism explains, “Since Abraham, intercession — asking on behalf of another — has been characteristic of a heart attuned to God’s mercy. In the age of the Church, Christian intercession participates in Christ’s, as an expression of the communion of saints. In intercession, he who prays looks ‘not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others,’ even to the point of praying for those who do him harm” (2635).
Intercessory prayer can be very powerful and God is especially attentive to those who pray for others who are suffering. An example of this type of intercession can be found in the Gospels when Jesus cured a crippled man who was brought into a home through the roof. Mark records, “when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘My son, your sins are forgiven’” (Mark 2:5).