This outline was prepared by Fr. George Howe and is in the public domain (published 1906). These notes can be used for homily ideas, points for meditation, further study, etc. I’ve included some links to articles in the Catechism of the Catholic Church which you might find helpful.
PRAYER FOR EACH OTHER
Sermon Plan By Father George Howe
“Making a remembrance of you in our prayers.” 1 Thess 1:2
I. The Apostle here gives us the example of thoughtful charity. The charity of prayer is based upon God who is love (see CCC. 2577),
II. Consider this practice of praying for each other.
WE ARE ALL BRETHREN: Concerning the Fatherhood of God and prayer see the CCC 2779-2785.
1. All children of the same Father,
2. Hence the wants of others should be to us as our own. When one member of our body suffers, all suffer. See CCC. 953.
3. In the epistles, the Faithful are styled “Brethren.”
4. We should help each other as members of the same family. This especially by prayer.
PRAYER FOR OTHERS: Concerning intercessory prayer see the CCC. 2634-2636.
b. By the Apostle: “Pray one for another:” James 5:16.
c. By the practice of the Church: “Pray for us,” (plural) in the Litanies,
2. Avails more than prayer for ourselves only. Because thus accompanied by charity for others.
3. This intercessory prayer
a. Tends to advance the glory of God.
b. Brings many graces to souls.
4. Persons for whom we should pray:
a. Those in sin, or outside the Church.
Practice of S. Teresa: S. Teresa gives this as a reason for founding her convents that, as there are so many that offend God, nuns ought to pray for their conversion, especially for the defenders of the Church, for preachers and learned men who maintain its truth. She spent whole nights praying and weeping for the conversion of souls, especially those infected with heresy.
b. Those in lukewarmness or tepidity.
c. Those in sorrow, spiritual or temporal.
d. The sick and the dying. How much depends on the hour of death!
e. Our relations, friends, and benefactors.
f. Even our enemies : Matt 5:44.
5. Founded on the dogma of the Communion of Saints. Hereby the Faithful may assist each other by prayer and good works. See the CCC. 946-953.
1. Job prayed for his friends: Job 42:8.
2. Judith, asking for prayers: Judith 8:31.
3. Jeremiah, for Israel: Jer 14:11.
4. The Church, for S. Peter: Acts 12:5.
5. S. Paul asks for prayers: Rom 15:30.
6. Our Lord, for His disciples: John 17:11. See The CCC 2598-2606 on Jesus and Prayer.
7. Also for His enemies: Luke 23:34.
8. St. Stephen, for Saul: Acts 7:59.
I. Imitate this practice of the Apostle,
II. Hesitate not to ask for prayers.
III. When promising prayers to others, don’t fail to say them.