Prayers of the Faithful is a Christian website dedicated to the Prayers of the Faithful. These Intercessory Prayers are prayers that only God can grant. Typically these are prayers about, the church, the community, those in need and prayers for the needs of the world.
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SUBMIT YOUR OWN PRAYERS
Here at Prayers of the Faithful, due to popular demand, we have decided to re-introduce the submit your own prayers feature. Visitors take great solace in being able to submit their own personal prayers of the faithful. To ensure all prayers are genuine, each one will be individually approved. Once approved your Prayer of the faithful will appear on the site.
All submitted prayers will appear on our PLEASE PRAY FOR US page or on this page.
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Prayers of the Faithful for 2014
Looking forward to the end of January and the beginning of February at Prayers of the Faithful, we truly leave 2013 behind and move into 2014 in earnest. With the memories of Christmas in the back of our minds and our focus firmly on work and the future, we must take time to pray for God’s Intercession in what we do in 2014. With new resolutions and determination to change and improve our lives, we can look to the Prayers of the Faithful to ask God to help us.
Prayers of the Faithful for a New Year
- Dear Lord, Help us look for forward to this new year, help us grow in Your Love throughout the year ahead.
- Lord, protect our Church as we move through this year. Let it grow in stature and respect and bring Your teachings to those in need.
- Bless our community and bring us closer together as neighbors. Help us to support and love each other through these difficult economic times.
- Lord, let Your clergy be strong with the Holy Spirit. Let them teach Your Word as if you we teaching it to us directly.
It’s with these prayers for intercession that we look to begin a new year filled with opportunity. Let these Prayers of the Faithful bring us closer to God.
Prayers of the Faithful for Christmas
We would like to wish everyone a peaceful and prosperous Christmas and New Year from all the staff at Prayers of the Faithful.
This time of Christmas is a very special time for Christians throughout the world. It is at this time that we remember that the Lord was delivered to us as a baby, sent to save us. The birth of our Lord is remembered on Christmas day. We are grateful to the Lord for sending his only son to save us. With this spirit of gratitude, we offer our own Prayers of the Faithful.
Prayers of the Faithful for our Family
- Dear Lord, we thank you for bringing our family together for this celebration of Christmas. Lord Hear our Prayer.
- Dear God, please protect and keep safe our family who were not able to be together. Let them know the love we have for them. Lord Hear our Prayer.
- Lord, welcome into Your Kingdom our family that have left us this year. We remember them with love and commend them to Your love. Lord Hear our Prayer.
Prayers of the Faithful for our community
- Lord, protect our community and let the spirit of the community develop and grow together. Lord Hear our Prayer.
- Protect the vulnerable in our community. Keep them safe and bring hope to their lives. Lord Hear our Prayer.
Prayers of the Faithful for our Church
- Lord, Protect and guide our Church at this time. Lord Hear our Prayer.
- Dear Lord, bring faith and devotion to loyal followers. Help us grow in the spirit of Your Word. Lord Hear our Prayer.
At this time of Christmas, we offer these Prayers of the Faithful to You Lord. Bless, guide and protect us during this holiday season.
Prayers of the Faithful for the month of November
As we approach Christmas, we reflect on the year gone by and wonderful things we are thankful for. We also spend time asking God to intercede on our behalf as we seek help and guidance as we approach the celebration of his birth. With these Prayers of the Faithful we ask God for the things that only He can grant us.
- Dear Lord, in this month of November we remember those who have died marked with the sign of faith. Welcome these departed brothers and sisters into Your Kingdom. Lord hear our prayer.
- For those that are sick, grant them the strength and courage to face their illness and look to a healthy and bright future. Lord hear our prayer.
- For those that fight to keep us safe, protect them with Your Holy Spirit and grant them the strength to do Your Will. Lord hear our prayer.
- As our community begins to prepare for the festive season, fill us with Your Holy Spirit that we can grow and connect our community during this holiday period. Lord hear our prayer.
- Lord, protect our children with Your strength. Guide and teach them faith and sharing so that they may spread Your Word of peace throughout the world. Lord hear our prayer.
- Dear Lord, grant that Your Church continues to grow and prosper around the world through the teachings of Your Word. Lord hear our prayer.
- Lord, for those of us that face hardship and difficult choices, grant us the wisdom to choose wisely. Lord hear our prayer.
- Protect and guide our leaders, oh Lord, that they may fulfill the needs of Your people in an honest and transparent way.
We place these Prayers of the Faithful in the hands of God. Let His light shine upon us and help us to lead better lives.
Prayers of the Faithful for this week
This week we will ask God to intercede for us as we put our Prayers of the Faithful at His feet:
- We pray that our Church created for God will continue to preach his Word with honesty and Integrity. Lord Hear our Prayer.
- We pray for the priests of our Church, continue to fill them with the Holy Spirit so they may inspire and comfort Your followers. Lord Hear our Prayer.
- Lord we pray for the dead of our parishes. Welcome them into the Kingdom of Heaven and place them at Your right hand until we see them again. Lord Hear our Prayer.
- For those that teach our children, fill them with wisdom and understanding so they can inspire and lead those they teach. Lord Hear our Prayer.
- We pray for our communities, make them stronger through participation and understanding. Lord Hear our Prayer.
- We pray for our loved ones that have traveled away from us. Let them be protected and guided by the Word of the Lord. Lord Hear our Prayer.
- We pray for ourselves that our love for God and our love for each other will grow stronger each day. Lord Hear our Prayer.
- Lord look inside our hearts and hear our prayers to you. Please look to the goodness in us and grant our intentions. Lord Hear our Prayer.
These Prayers of the Faithful we offer up to you oh Lord, please grant us peace in our families and in our lives. Amen
There are some things that only God can grant. No matter how much we try to fix or change or try to make things different, sometimes only Divine intervention can help us. Prayers of the Faithful are requests to God for things that only God can grant.
As we attend Mass and Worship over the next few days, we look to God for strength and guidance with our intentions.
Therefore we ask God to intercede on our behalf at put our Prayers of the Faithful before him
- We pray for our Church so that God’s Word will be brought to the many. Let His Words enlighten and guide his people. Lord Hear our Prayer.
- We pray for our Church leaders, that they may be inspired to preach the Word of the Lord as he intended it to be heard. Lord Hear our Prayer.
- As we approach September 11th, we remember those who have lost their loved ones in this terrible tragedy. May the have the strength and courage, through God, to come to terms with their great loss. Lord Hear our Prayer.
- For those that protect us from the evils of terrorism, for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. We pray that God will shine upon them and protect them. Lord Hear our Prayer.
- We pray for our parish that it may grow strong through God. Lord Hear our Prayer.
- We pray for our children, that they may be protected and loved. Lord Hear our Prayer.
- We pray for our dead. May they rise on the final day and be taken into Your glory. Lord Hear our Prayer.
- Lord please Hear our own special intentions that we put before you. Grant them so that we can honor the Glory of Your Word. Lord Hear our Prayer.
Lord please take these Prayers of the Faithful and all our own prayers and intentions that are in our hearts and grant us peace in Your name. Amen
What are Prayers of the Faithful
The Prayers of the Faithful, also known as the Universal Prayer or General Intercessions, forms a valuable and integral part of the liturgical celebrations and particularly the Mass. During the Prayers of the Faithful, the congregation prays for the needs of the church, those in need, the needs of the world and for issues and concerns that are important to the local community. The Prayers of the Faithful can be described as the people’s prayer, bringing the community together to ask God for the things that only God can grant.
The Prayers of the Faithful follow the Gospel and the Homily during Mass. It allows the congregation to respond to the Word of God by offering prayers to God for the Church, for all men and women burdened by difficulty or need, the local community and for the salvation of the world. However for a particular service or event e.g. a wedding or a funeral, the Prayers of the Faithful could be more closely suited to the particular occasion.
The Prayer of the Faithful is regulated by the Priest. The Prayers of the Faithful begin with a brief introduction by the Celebrant, during which time he calls on the congregation to pray. A Deacon or a cantor or a reader will then announce the Prayers of the Faithful from the ambo. The Priest will then conclude the Universal Prayer with a short oration.
The faithful congregation stands and gives responses to the Prayers asking good to grant them. This is usually done with a response “Lord, Hear our Prayer”.
Sample Prayers of the Faithful
Prayer of the Faithful for the Church
- Lord, Pray for our Church and the leaders of the church that they may guide us on the path of our Lord.
- Lord, guide our Bishop N. and all the Bishops so that they may show us the way to the true Word of God.
- Pray for the Priests of our Parish that they may preach the true Word of the Lord and show us the true path to Salvation.
- Lord, help our Church here in N., that its congregation will live the true spirit of the Word of God in our daily lives.
- Pray for our Pope, Francis, that he may guide your Holy Church to spread the Word of God throughout the world.
Prayers of the Faithful for our community
- Lord, here the prayers of your congregation here today that they may find comfort in your teachings.
- Pray for the sick, that they may find solace and comfort in you Lord.
- Pray for the men and women gathered here to today, that their intentions be placed before you O Lord.
- Lord, guide our teachers that they may guide and educate our children, bringing them to the fullness of their potential.
- Lord, hear the prayers of the faithful gathered here before you and guide them to the true path of the Lord.
Prayer of the Faithful for the Needy
- Lord, pray for the dying, that they might find comfort in the knowledge that soon they will sit with you at the Right Hand of the Lord.
- Pray for the sick, that they may find health and wellness in this time of need.
- Pray for the poor, that the spirit of caring will lift them from poverty.
- Lord, hear the prayers of the troubled and the lonely, let them find comfort in the Word of the Lord.
- Pray for those who face trouble in marriage that they may be able to live in the true spirit of marriage and find hope in the Word of God.
Prayers of the Faithful for the Salvation of the World
- Lord, bring peace to the many troubled lands that they may find Salvation in the Word of the Lord.
- Pray for our leaders, that they will make right and just decisions for the greater good of our country.
- Lord, heal the anger in our world so that mean and women of all religions can live together in peace and harmony.
- Pray Lord that our nations can grow stronger together, helping each other to live through the true Word of our Lord.
- Lord, bring justice to the oppressed, freedom to the enslaved and show mercy to the captors so we can live in a world of true freedom.
These are just a few samples prayers to show how the Prayers of the Faithful can be used to pray for our communities, our Churches and our fellow human beings. It allows us to ask God to intercede and resolve issues that only God can resolve.
We have further Prayers of the Faithful that can be found on the other pages of our website. Please feel free to use these prayers or to use them as inspiration for your own Prayer of the Faithful.