CCC "2635 Since Abraham, intercession - asking on behalf of another has been characteristic of a heart attuned to God's mercy. In the age of the Church, Christian intercession participates in Christ's, as an expression of the communion of saints. In intercession, he who prays looks "not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others," even to the point of praying for those who do him harm." See Prayer of Intercession.
"1. The prayer chain always starts at the top and works down to the bottom.
2. If you reach an answering machine, leave a message, then call the next person on the list.
3. If you reach a spouse, child or other family member, leave a message and call the next person on the list.
4. The last person on the list will call the first person to ensure that the message has reached all and that the chain is not broken. If unable to reach her/him, call the next person on the list.
5. If someone in the middle of the list gets a prayer request, please call the first person so that the complete routine can be followed.
6. If anyone prefers to use e-mail, [NAME] will take care of those at this time. If anyone else would like to volunteer to do that, please contact [NAME].
7. When contacted for prayer, it is each person's responsibility to do two things:
9. Please keep all prayers involving personal matters in complete confidence. If you feel compelled to include others, not on the chain, in your prayer request, keep it nonspecific. (For example: Please pray for a special intention for Pat.)
10. If you would like, you can at any time link with other prayer chains for a particular need. The first person on the list will simply call the first person on their list as well, if requested.
"Do not be troubled if you do not immediately receive from God what you ask him; for he desires to do something even greater for you, while you cling to him in prayer." Ponticus. "God wills that our desire should be exercised in prayer, that we may be able to receive what he is prepared to give." St. Augustine. Nevetheless, if what we seek is in harmoney with God, then we should seek it faithfully and persistently (Luke 18:1-8) until we are sure God has decided in his wisdom to grant something else. "[P]ray for one another, that you may be healed. The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful." James 5:16.
CCC "2610 Just as Jesus prays to the Father and gives thanks before receiving his gifts, so he teaches us filial boldness: "Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you receive it, and you will." Such is the power of prayer and of faith that does not doubt: "all things are possible to him who believes." Jesus is as saddened by the "lack of faith" of his own neighbors and the "little faith" of his own disciples as he is struck with admiration at the great faith of the Roman centurion and the Canaanite woman.
CCC 2611 The prayer of faith consists not only in saying "Lord, Lord," but in disposing the heart to do the will of the Father. Jesus calls his disciples to bring into their prayer this concern for cooperating with the divine plan."
"CCC" means the Catechism of the Catholic Church. You can search the index or look at the table of contents.