Updated: Aug 11, 2018
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. --James 5:16
The Idea Behind Prayer Chains
“I'm not the 'Prayer List Lady.' ”
I (Stephanie) am not the best prayer list person. I do make prayer lists, and I am always amazed at how powerful of a tool they are, but I’m not the “Prayer List Lady.” Do you know who I’m talking about? I feel like most churches have one (or a couple). The person who always has their prayer list with them and if you need prayer, they take out their list and add you right then and there. You want to be on that list because you know the Prayer List Lady is faithful in prayer.
I continually strive to find the best way for me, personally, to implement a prayer list. So far I have had the best luck using the “notes” app in my phone. I have also enjoyed keeping a paper day planner next to my bed and writing in who and what I pray for each day.
Here is what I have learned about prayer lists: they’re a habit. It becomes easier and easier to make and keep a prayer list the more you do it.
The prayer chain is a really fun and easy way to start the habit of making a prayer list with your kids. It gives them a tangible way to pray for people that they love. It challenges kids to think outside of themselves and gives you good insight into who is on their hearts.
How to Make a Prayer Chain
Help your child cut out strips of construction paper. Have them create a paper chain with all of their strips of paper. Start with one strip and tape the two ends together to make a circle. Link the next strip to the first strip by making another circle around the original strip. Continue until you run out of strips of paper. Now you have a prayer chain. Ask your child who they want to pray for and have them write one name on each strip of paper. They can write as many names as they want.
Bonus: this is a great way to practice writing with your kids.
Put the chain somewhere your child will easily see it. When you want to use it, look at each link and pray for the person that they wrote down. You can always add more links as your child thinks of people!
We connected our middle son’s prayer chain to his headboard and he can go through each name at night before bed. You could also take this to a window or cabinet. This is an easy prayer game to do if you are already doing arts and crafts.