It makes sense that the authentic prayer of a merciful people would include intentions of others, those most in need of God’s mercy.
Let us offer up our petitions, directed by the faith, by the hope, and by the charity which Christ has planted in our hearts. This attitude is likewise love of God, whom modern (people have) sometimes separated far from (themselves), made extraneous to (themselves), proclaiming in various ways that God is “superfluous.” This is, therefore, love of God, the insulting rejection of whom by modern (people) we feel profoundly, and we are ready to cry out with Christ on the cross: “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”(Lk. 23:34) At the same time it is love of people, of all men and women without any exception or division: without difference of race, culture, language, or world outlook, without distinction between friends and enemies. This is love for people-it desires every true good for each individual and for every human community, every family, every nation, every social group, for young people, adults, parents, the elderly-a love for everyone, without exception. This is love, or rather an anxious solicitude to ensure for each individual every true good and to remove and drive away every sort of evil.
Dives in Misericordia, the second encyclical of Pope John Paul II, is available online here, and is copyright © 1980 – Libreria Editrice Vaticana