ennifer Tan Hooi Peng is a 54-year-old Catholic who found her way back to the Church eight years ago. She lives in Penang with her husband and two children but currently she is in Ipoh with her elderly family members in this Covid-19 lockdown. She shares her journey back to the Lord in a series of articles. Her earlier articles are listed below.
By Jennifer Tan
SEPT 22, 2021
After being away from Christ for 29 years, I learnt about intercession after more than a year of joining the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in 2016. It was about praying and standing in the gap for others who needed prayers and help.
Using the Rosary for Intercessions
In 2017, I have been using the Rosary to pray for groups of people having mainly physical or emotional sicknesses such as those suffering from cancer, different physical illnesses, disabilities, etc.
However, from 2019, an inner voice prompted me to intercede differently. I offer the first decade for the religious, clergy and the laity to activate and use the gifts of the Holy Spirit with their talents to build God’s Kingdom and win souls by becoming missionary disciples. I pray that we can discern and follow Our Lord’s Holy will and bear the fruits of the Holy Spirit (more on this further down). I pray for an increase of labourers in God’s vineyard, Our Holy Mother’s, and Holy Father’s intentions as well as for daily protection against spiritual warfare and attacks especially when facing temptations.
I offer the second decade for leaders and those in authority like heads of rural communities, villagers, towns, cities, municipalities, states, countries, and regions. I pray that they put God first and the people’s interest before theirs. May they: rule with justice peace, unity, compassion, without corruption; provide basic human rights, freedom of religion and speech; illegalise abortion, same sex marriage and mercy killing; help the sick, the needy, those suffering from natural and man-made disasters; strictly enforce the laws against pollution, depletion of natural resources, deforestation and exploitation of wild life; promote care of creation; stop all forms of persecution in their own and other countries; as well as make and implement wise decision in managing the Covid-19 pandemic.
My third decade of the Rosary would be for my own family. This is for us to put God first and walk towards Him, flood our lives with pure love, break all bondages to material comforts, pleasures, unhealthy relationships, worldly possessions, anger, pride, and stubbornness; and to improve communications and unity among the family members. I also pray for specific family members and relatives who are sick or needing help.
My fourth decade is offered for the repentance of sinners and the conversion of prisoners, unbelievers, lukewarm Christians, and those who have fallen away from Christ. I also pray for all who attend the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adult (RCIA), those whose faith was tested by God, as well as persecuted people, including Christians.
The fifth decade is for healing of the world spiritually, emotionally, physically, and for specific prayer requests, those who have no one to pray for them; and all who have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Thank you, Lord for guidance during these intercessions! Praise the Lord!
Using the Divine Mercy Chaplet for intercessions
On March 13-14 this year, just before the pandemic lockdown, I attended a retreat in Majodi (Malacca Johor Diocese Centre), and learnt that I could also use the Divine Mercy Chaplet for intercession. Thereafter, I began doing this to pray for the repentance and conversion of sinners, for the dying and Holy Souls in Purgatory; as well as for all those affected by this ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
I have also been praying for parents, guardians, and teachers to be given the wisdom to lead children to God, and children to follow Christ. I also include those differently abled and their caregivers; single parents, abused victims, those contemplating abortion, stronger marriages, and family unity as well as care of creation.
Prayer requests have increased tremendously since the pandemic started. May the Precious Blood of Jesus, protect all of us! Amen!
Fruit of the Holy Spirit
In the past we have been encouraged to be “successful” in Christ and I never really understood what that meant until this year. It is not only about being active in church or social work but about obeying Him and bearing the fruit of the Holy Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
I now know it’s about following Our Lord’s will and not about the measure of what we do, whether it was the quantity of time given in serving the church or people, the extent of resources used, volume of prayers and intercession made, value of donation, how many people we have led to Christ, etc. It was about HOW we serve and bear fruit of the Holy Spirit.
When we bear the fruit and follow His will, Our Lord will take control over the rest. Christ is not looking at our faith “success” stories, but for us to increase our holiness and be Christ-centered while on earth so that we can be with Him once again in Salvation one day.
Thank you for enlightenment, Jesus! Praise the Lord!
Gift of Tongue in Intercession
In the past year, there were many occasions during intercession when I would run out of words because of the increasing prayer requests especially in my prayer group, the 11th Hour Prayer Group.
On July 30 this year, Our Gracious Lord granted me the gift of tongues, for which I am truly grateful for use in edification (strengthening myself spiritually), praise, and worship, and most importantly in serving Him through intercession. Thank you, Jesus! Praise the Lord! Alleluia!
More articles by Jennifer Tan:
Being away from Christ was the greatest mistake of my life – the story of Jennifer Tan
Tears would roll down my cheeks each time I receive Holy Communion
‘Our return to Christ as husband and wife happened just as how God told me’
Discovering Christ through prayer