If we truly love people, we will desire for them far more than it is within our power to give them, and this will lead up to prayer. Intercession is a way of loving others.
When we move from petition to intercession we are shifting our center of gravity from our own needs to the needs and concerns of others. Intercessory Prayer is selfless prayer, even self-giving prayer.
In the ongoing work of the kingdom of God, nothing is more important than Intercessory Prayer. People today desperately need the help that we can give them. Marriage are being shattered. Children are being destroyed. Individuals are living lives of quiet desperation, without purpose or future. And we can make a difference … if we will learn to pray on their behalf. …
There are as many ways to go about the work of intercession as there are people. Some like to keep lists of people they are concerned to pray for with regularity. … [Prayer] keeps us moving beyond our provincial little concerns and into a broken and needy world.
Richard Foster, Prayer