Monday, 29 August 2011

Intercessions?

Earlier this morning I was invited to comment on a friends blog about the training needed for  intercessions. I've failed twice having spent a few minutes each time trying to get my thoughts down but each time I am told after losing what I've written that my email address is invalid.  I can only assume this is because its a mac one.  So I'm putting this on my blog in the hope she can  read it here. 
Years ago I did the intercessions fairly frequently in my home church. Now as an assistant priest in a different parish we have a rota....so the only time I'm called on to do it  is when someone is missing. 
The main problem for me is the length of time taken by some people. One man here goes on for 20 minutes which is ten minutes longer than my sermon!. I try to get  myself comfortable at the beginning!
It really shouldn't be necessary to cover everything at great length I think and  the long lists of the sick can get boring which is not the aim of the prayers at all..
The main reason to intercede on  behalf of  people or global  situations every week is to direct the congregation into the much needed prayers that come from the heart. If the congregation has switched off mentally they are not  going to do much praying! 
Intercessions shouldn't be intended to impress..they should be direct appeals to people for prayers.
I have in the past used various books to help with this but I know in my heart that I touch people best  when the prayers are  not prepared and  given with sincerity and love.
As on Twitter, brevity is definitely a virtue!

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