In western forms of Christian worship, intercession forms a distinct form of prayer, alongside Adoration, Confession and Thanksgiving. In public worship, intercession is offered as prayer for the world beyond the immediate vicinity and friendship networks of the church community. As such, intercession constitutes part of the worshipping community's engagement with otherness, as it expresses Christians' solidarity with those who are 'other' than themselves. In doing so, a church both appeals to, and seeks to embody, God's own love for the world.
In the Christian (Greek) Scriptures, Apostle Paul's tailored exhortation to Timothy specified intercession prayers can be made for those of worldly authority where it benefits God's immediate family members in maintaining their current way of life which negates the use of intercession prayers motivated by love[agape] for worldly authority’s. 1Timothy 2:1-2, 1John 2:15
1 Timothy 2: 1-2 “I therefore exhort, first of all, that…intercessions…be made concerning all sorts of men, concerning kings and all those who are in high station; in order that we may go on leading a calm and quiet life with full godly devotion and seriousness.”…”Do not be loving either the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world the love of the Father is not in him.” 1John 2:15
There are different forms of written intercessory prayer in various churches: Baptist, Roman Catholic, Church of England, Ecumenical, Emerging Church, Methodist. For example, a Christian prayer that says "we" instead of "I" is one example of intercessory prayer, as the person offering the prayer is offering it for everyone within that church or for all Christians.