We read in Mtt 26: 37-41 (NRSVCE), of an emotional appeal from Jesus to pray for him:
He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and agitated. Then he said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.” And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.” Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, “So, could you not stay awake with me one hour? Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Now that the hour is long over, one tends to think that Jesus no longer requires our prayers for him. There can be two arguments against this notion. First, Jesus prayed to the Father for himself and asked his disciples to pray for him. Secondly, God the Father can foresee the prayers his children are yet to make, and grant the benefits of the prayers so said, to the beneficiary in advance. That said, the prayers we make today for Jesus could have been taken into account by the Father when Jesus was passing through the passion. Moreover, it still pains Jesus to know that his sufferings have gone in vain for many a soul, the foresight of which would have definitely aggravated his sufferings. So, would it be right if someone prays on these lines:
God the Father, consider the sufferings your Son took upon himself for the salvation of each human being on earth . Consider also the souls which got lost in spite of the promise of salvation gained through the passion and death of Jesus. Father, I pray that Jesus, your son has the joy of welcoming to eternal life, each and every soul entrusted to him through your divine mercy.
My question therefore is: Does the Catholic Church teach that we need to pray for Jesus?