Intercessory Prayers Based On Pope Francis’s 2018 Lenten Message

Posted: March 10, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections, Prayers

Intercessory Prayers
Based on 12 themes (from Pope Francis’s 2018 Lenten message) & their respective Scripture verse are:

1. “Love growing cold”
Matthew 24:12

Father of Mercy, forgive us our sins. Sin prevents us from loving You and one another as we should. It hardens our hearts and we become cynical and cold. Be with us when we struggle to make the right decisions. Help us to put You first in our lives and turn away from temptations that can lead down the wrong path. Amen

2. “The snake charmers in our lives”
2 Tim 4:3-4

Lord we are often drawn to quick fixes and solutions to our problems.
Many have been led astray to false teachings and become convinced by others that doctrines of our faith are man made. Some are led to believe in superstitious practices. While others are convinced by others to see that all they have in life they obtain through their own personal accomplishments. Fortify our hearts Lord as we pray; Make us to know your ways, O Lord; teach us your paths. Lead us in your truth, and teach us, for you are the God of our salvation; for you we wait all day long. (ps 24:4) Amen

3. “False prophets”
Matthew 7:15-20

Guard our hearts Lord against the deceptions of those who seek to lead us astray. Help us to see them as they are really are. We lift up to You those who are innocent of heart and more susceptible to manipulation. Help us all to stay awake and to be docile to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. So that we may properly discern Your will for us. Now and forever Amen

4. “Charlatan relationships”
2 Peter 3:17-18

Heavenly Father we are Your children whom You created with great love. Each of us are unique and special in Your eyes. Prevent us from deceiving ourselves and others in pretending we are someone else and living out a lie. Let us all live authentic lives according to Your will for us. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

5. “Vanity, the trust in appearance”
Ecclesiasticus 11:2, 5-6

So many people tend to stifle their God-given talents.  Others scorn their appearance, unable to look past their outer shell to see their inner beauty.  Help us not only to recognize our self-worth, Lord but to see the value and beauty in others. Help us all to be happy with ourselves – because everything we are is a reflection of You. Grant us the loving humility to serve one another as You would have us. For all we are and all that we have is from You. Amen.

6. “Evil presented as good”
Wisdom 2:5-9

Jesus You are the Lord of Lords, king of Kings. Rule then in our hearts. Prevent us from being distracted by the wiles of the world seeking to ruin our souls. Too often we want only to increase our wealth and material comforts. To have impersonal relationships even so much as objectifying one another. Help us to stay awake and remain steadfast to the truth to be found in You, to remember that that all things will eventually pass away. But Your word and love will remain now and forever. Amen

7. “Hearts gone cold”
Ezekiel 36:27

In this Holy hour dear Jesus we praise, Bless and thank God our Father for the gift of You. You poured out Your great love for us from the cross of which You hung. So that that we might live our life to the fullest without sin. Take away then from our hearts all that is not of You. Remove the stains of sin from our souls. Open our eyes to see more clearly the deceptions of the world that takes us away from You. Let Your light shine brightly in and through us that we may live our lives according to Your will and inspire others to do likewise. All Glory be Yours now and forever. Amen

8. “Charity destroyed by the greed of money”
Mark 4:19

Heavenly Father, give us the strength to overcome temptations of leading sinful lives of earthly desires and material gains, which only leads us away from You. Do not allow our eyes to be closed to the poor and needy. Send Your Holy Spirit to fill us with your everlasting love and grant us the courage to build Your Kingdom here on earth with abundant love and compassion for others. So that all can see Your face in us. Amen

9. “Violence from uncertainties”
2 Tim 3:1-5

Prince of peace our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ, we pray earnestly for You to rule in our hearts and the hearts of all in this world. We live in troubled times where there is much violence and hatred in many parts of the world. Because there is sin there is much lawlessness. You alone can turn all curses into blessings. Have mercy Lord and touch the hearts of those tainted by sin, so that there may have a conversion. Let Your peace reign once more. Amen

10. “Love gone cold in a community”
Romans 16:17

How can we heed Your commandment to love one another when we do not see Your face in our brother or sister let alone in the stranger we meet? For to truly be in communion with You is to be in communion with one another. Grant us the courage and humility needed to put aside our differences. To strive for unity, to be one as You and our Heavenly are one. Amen

11. “Creation, witness to destruction”
Genesis 4:9-11

Lord God of all creation, You are source of all life. To love as You do is to will the good in another. Help us to remain steadfast in Your love. In anger and frustration we tend to lose ourselves and while we may not take away physical life we may still kill the spirit of another by our harsh words and actions. Sin such as these can spiral out of control which ultimately leads to our destruction. Lord Jesus we choose love for You over any and all sin. Amen

12. “New fire at Easter”
Isaiah 61:1-2

Praise be to You our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. You came so that we could have life to the full in You. You bring hope when there is none. You set us free from sin so that we can live in peace, joy and holiness. Thank You dear Lord for this grace filled Lenten season, for us to reorder our lives towards You. So that come Easter the flame within us will burn with renewed zeal for the love of You as we share in the fire of Your love with all that we meet. Amen

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