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Intercession or intercessory prayer is the act of praying to a deity on behalf of others, or asking a saint in heaven to pray on behalf of oneself or for others.[1]

A German votive offering thanks to the Virgin Mary in the form of a painting (1796)

The Apostle Paul's exhortation to Timothy specified that intercession prayers should be made for all people.

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.