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The Concept of Intercession

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What is Intercession?‎

The formal definition of intercession is a “supplication to God in behalf of another ‎person. Christ intercedes before God the Fr. on behalf of the repentant sinner, and ‎God’s people intercede for one another.”‎

We ask the intercessions of Saint Mary, the Angels, and Archangels. We ask the ‎disciples, apostles, martyrs, fathers, and saints to pray on our behalf.‎

Not only do we intercede to the saints are in heaven, but also to one another here on ‎earth.‎

A special type of intercession, redemptive intercession, was the act of Our Lord Jesus ‎Christ on the cross. Christ is the only mediator between God, the Fr., and man in ‎salvation. There is no other savior or redeemer.‎

Where is Intercession in the Bible? Examples from the Old and New Testaments‎

Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken ‎against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord that he take away the serpents from ‎us.” So Moses prayed for the people. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery ‎serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at ‎it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a ‎serpent had bitten anyone, when looked at the bronze serpent, he lived (Numbers 21:7-9).‎

Continue earnestly in prayer being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying ‎for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for ‎which I am also in chants, that I may make it manifest as I ought to speak (Colossians ‎‎4:2-4).‎

‎ Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should ‎pray for as we ought, but the Spirit, Himself makes intercession for us with groanings ‎which cannot be uttered (Romans 8:26).‎

Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the ‎church…Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, a light shone in prison; and he ‎struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell ‎off his hands. (Acts 12:5,7).‎

And again he entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He [Jesus] was ‎in the house. Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to ‎receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to the,. Then they came ‎to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not ‎come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when ‎they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. When ‎Jesus saw their faith, He said to paralytic, “Son, you sins are forgiven you” (Mark 2:1-5).‎

Why do we have intercession? Why is it important?‎

We may encounter this argument: “Why do I need intercession? I can just pray to God ‎directly.” Of course there is no doubt that you could, but let us give an example. Have ‎you ever asked your priest, for instance, to pray for you so that God might help you at ‎school, or because a family member is ill, for instance? Sure, we probably all have. So, ‎if we ask someone on earth to pray on our behalf, how much more can we ask of the ‎saints and angels, who are in communion with God in heaven. ‎

‎”If we believe in the value of praying for one another, then we should believe in the value ‎of intercessions. Not to believe in the intercessions of the saints is either to deny that ‎these saints are alive or to deny that they are capable of praying. Both of these are ‎obviously wrong assumptions as clear from the scripture above. Therefore, denying the ‎value of intercessions is to reject the scriptures” (William Hanna Intercessions at ‎http://pharos.bu.edu/cn/lessons/intercessions.txt).‎

The Orthodox Church firmly believes in the power of prayer and intercessions. It is an ‎integral part of our worship and rule of prayer. It is through the prayers of these saints ‎that we continue to ask for God’s guidance and help, and to grant us salvation.‎

May the Prayers of the all the Saint be with us all.‎


One Response to "The Concept of Intercession"
  1. Bee Vee says:

    At the outset,greetings from India.I belongs to the orthodox church in India and is sending the mail from my house in India as I was happened to read about the famous saint in middle east,St.Mina and about Coptic church, through web search.Since the intercession of St.Mina is said to be powerful and effective,I send a prayer request to you to do the needful.

    I’m submitting the topics for prayer one by one,below as confidential.

    the last ten long years, we have financial hardships and sufferings,and
    despite our prayers in all these years,no breakthrough has been
    found.So we seek an early miraculous financial breakthrough.
    have multiple ailments such as renal calculi,diabetics,cirrhotic liver
    and for the last one week,chest pain too.Please offer prayers for me to
    get rid of all these ailments and physical complaints,because we have lack of funds to undergo proper treatment in hospital with specialized doctors.
    3)We parents
    have been trying our best to find a suitable spouse to our daughter who
    is 25 years old,but following various misfortunes and hurdles,no
    marriage proposal was settled so far.So we seek your prayers for early
    marriage of our daughter,probably in this month itself.

    4)Our son got married on Sept14,2014 and we request you to pray for their happy married life and also to bless them with an offspring soon, as we parents are aged and wants to see our grandchild soon.
    I hope you will reply me.Glad to meet you.

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