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How to Start a Prayer Chain

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Prayer is among the most ancient of human practices, and to this day billions of people believe in its power.

Prayer transcends religions, denominations, sects and belief systems of all kinds. It is used in a multitude of ways: to seek comfort, make a request, ask for guidance, heal and restore, express sorrow, celebrate joy, give thanks.

Prayer: Simply Talking to Someone

At its most elemental level, with everything else stripped away, praying is simply talking to someone (importantly, someone who’s always happy to listen).

A prayer chain kicks it up several levels, because it is a group of individuals who’ve decided to pray together. This, theoretically, amplifies the power of prayer.

Fulfilling a Need to Connect

Praying as a group also fulfills another of our basic human needs: to connect, both with a power greater than ourselves, and with one another.

Here are some guidelines that will help you and others in your sphere have an effective prayer chain — one that’s ready to pray for any person, or any care, at any time.

  • Decide whom to include in your prayer chain. They should be dependable and willing to join in prayer, at a moment’s notice. These individuals can also expand the chain, even more, with like-minded people they know. Think about including your faith community, family, friends, neighbors and colleagues.
  • Communicate prayer requests. You used to be limited to phone calls and word of mouth. Now you can post requests on someone’s CaringBridge website or other social networks, or build an email list that allows you to send prayer requests to everyone with one click.
  • Prayer requests may not always come with an explanation. A patient or caregiver may prefer privacy. A request can just be a top-line explanation, such as, “Please pray for a woman who’s moving into long-term care on Monday.” Or “Add Kathy to the prayer list.”
  • Share information right away. If you get word that the situation of one of your prayer recipients has changed, communicate it to everyone on your prayer chain so they can adjust their prayers.

Care to Share Your Own Tips?

Tell us how you’ve used prayer during a healing journey in the “Comments” section below.

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(SOURCE: Hope Conquers All, by Sona Mehring, Copyright 2013, Page 172.)

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Teresa LaVeck Dec 01, 2018 9:42am
Please pray for David Foster. He is in ICU with his liver shutting down. Thank You
Carol G standifer Nov 25, 2018 2:47pm
Please be in prayer for my husband, Bill, who is very ill, but the doctors can not find a cause yet. He is rapidly losing weight and is now bedridden. He is a very kind, sweet and loving husband and father. Thank you.
Joshua Stout Nov 15, 2018 2:57pm
Please pray for Joshua to be fully healed from Parkinson’s disease. Joshua is 45 years old and supports a wife and two children. Please pray that Josh is healed so that he can fulfill his responsibilities as a husband and father.
Gustine Green Oct 09, 2018 8:02am
My name is Evgt.GustineGreen a woman of God ready to start a prayer chain in my city kicks we need prayer all over the world in each city can u direct my path were i can have and get a no. In how to start my prayer chain it's been on my heart forever thank-you evgt. Green
Amber Alderson Sep 27, 2018 10:45pm
Sending prayer request for my mother in law who was in a bad car wreck this evening!!
Julia Kaefer Sep 11, 2018 8:28pm
God is good all the time!!!!!!!!!!
Marilyn Dybeck Sep 07, 2018 6:39pm
Prayer is talking with God; a time of worship, fellowship, thanksgiving, requests, listening, and a closeness , with a mind to please Him. We don't always have an opportunity to pray with others in this most personal way. But a blessing when possible. -----------------------------
Claudia Martinez Sep 07, 2018 10:28am
Pray to who? We need to say HIS NAME with no fear: pray to the only and one GOD, JESUS, CALLING THE HOLY SPIRIT! To pray is to connect with our Father, with our creator... and yes HE is always happy to talk to us as well.
I am in Christ Sep 06, 2018 8:54pm
“The power that raised people from the dead and healed the worst of diseases is only a prayer away. That is amazing. “
Thomas Morofski Sep 06, 2018 7:57pm
"And I will do whatever you ask for in my name, so that the Father's glory will be shown through the Son. If you ask me for anything in my name, I will do it." Jesus (John 14:13-14 TEV MIRACLES CAN AND DO HAPPEN DAILY. Jesus promises to always respond to prayers offered in faith. Take Him up on it! Need help getting started?
WINI Pickett Sep 06, 2018 7:20pm
Our Lord is always in control. He is helping the doctors and nurses treat my 7 year old grandson, as he is coping with Ewings Sarcoma ( which also broke his femor). He has just gone thru his 5th chemo and is doing pretty well by the grace of God. I pray for all people in these circumstanses.. God knows who they are.. Thank-you all for your prayers.
linda howard Sep 06, 2018 9:40am
Maggie Ushler Aug 03, 2018 8:22am
I would like to start a prayer chain for my 92 year old mom. We received bad news that she has cancer tumors and I just want her to be pain free and to give us all strength during this very difficult time. How do I go about starting the chain?
Michael Gerlach Sep 27, 2017 4:43pm
Life has a way of throwing curve balls at us to keep us aware of our surroundings and realize we are blessed even when bad things happen to those around us that are close to our hearts and when illness knocks at our door the shock can be overwhelming as we ask why is this happening. What reason does this have to happen? Today as always I ask for prayers for my friend Mary. I am at a loss for words as each minute goes by and we wait for results of the tests she has been given for suspected cancer. My heart is heavy and sad for my friend. ???????????
Donna McCarty Sep 21, 2017 11:33pm
So many fond memories. Sorry to hear of your health struggles. Finished my chemo and yesterday had surgery to remove the shrunken tumor and involved lymph nodes. Overnight stay and came home to our friends, Martha, Patty, Angela here to offer whatever help I might need. Other church family members have been transporting me back and forth to Dr. Shenkenberg for the treatments. Prayers from my church family and friends have gotten this far. Prayers from me and church members who were members when you and Jane & family were here at FUMC- Raymondville. Keep the faith and put up the good fight. Love you, Donna!!
Ruth Eisenmann Aug 31, 2017 9:49pm
I would like to start a prayer chain for my husband Larry Eisenmann . We received bad news today that new cancer tumors have spread to hos pelvis. How do I go about starting the chain?
prema narayana Aug 17, 2017 5:17pm
Dear Pradip Sen, wish you spin back to good health real soon!
Shirley Nelson Aug 17, 2017 6:00am
I need prayers. Have bladder cancer will have part of my blladder removed will find out more today. Prayers for the doctor and me.
Mr. David J. Vopal Aug 13, 2017 12:58pm
I mistakenly wrote the wrong citation in my earlier comments; stating that, Hebrews 6:24, and 25 declare God prays for us. The citations are: Hebrews 7:24&25; and not hebrews 6:24&25! By the way, Cf., Romans 8:34 with Hebrews 7:24&25 for additional comfort of hope. Sorry about the mix-up, djv
Mr. David J. Vopal Aug 13, 2017 11:54am
I write as a can cer surviver; one who understands that the prayer we pray, God the Holy Spirit has prayed on our behalf before we pray it. Knowing that, is to pray in the Spirut. It is exiting to know that we have the mandate to pray to God for man: while knowing that Gods "ever liveth to make intercession for them (Hebrews 6:24,25). In the act of healing our bodies; He also heal our souls for all eternity. Therefore; we pray, with and for others on their behalf: knowing our prayers are answered by the Lord. David j. Vopal
peter bohnel Aug 11, 2017 11:30am
I like to start a prayer for my mom, Margret Bohnel. She has stage 4 Pancreatic cancer, and also need a heart valve replacement. One has to get better to fix the other one. She is fighting the good fight, but needs prayers and a little luck.
BRENDA BLAKE Aug 11, 2017 10:49am
My church reaches one another through e-mails and phone calls. We include church members, former church members, people who have moved away, and other churches as well..
C. Lias Aug 11, 2017 10:44am
Make sure to post positive updates when possible and also remind people who do the praying that they are doing important work, work that can change lives.
Thomas Morofski Aug 10, 2017 11:02pm
"And whatever you ask for, that will I do, that the Father is glorified in the Son. If you ask for anything in my name, I will do it." John 14:13-14 As Christians, we pray for God's perfect will to be done for ourselves and our loved ones, our family, our friends, and yes, we need to do this even for those we do not particularly like, our enemies. CARINGBRIDGE was truly a God-send when our grandson and granddaughter were hit broadside in 2014. Prayers poured in from all across the country for Erik as he fought for his life during six weeks in the ICU. THE COMFORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT MEANT MORE TO OUR SON AND DAUGHTER-IN-LAW THAT I CAN SAY HERE. Grieving our granddaughter while round-the-clock vigil for our grandson was made tolerable with all the prayer support. Gods is good. We knew our granddaughter Dana was safe at home in heaven. We rejoiced with each improvement for our grandson all the way thru months of rehab. I cannot say enough as to our gratitude for CARINGBRIDGE and all the wonderful people who faithfully encouraged us all. Now over three years later we each are still slowly returning to normal daily life, but much more sensitive to the needs of other hurting people and families. NEVER, never ever underestimate the power of prayer. God is always listening and always willing to reveal His presence, His love, His healing and His comfort. f
Jerusha Capistrant Aug 10, 2017 8:30pm
October 22 2015, my 16 year old son was involved in a horrible accident that nearly took his life. On Dylan's second day in the ICU we prepared lay right a with the hospital catholic priest. That night Dylan had to go into emergency surgery to have the front part of his skull removed. He was then placed into induced acoma. The doctors prepared us for what could be and how to prepare. One day during those first few days. My cousin came to visit Dylan in the hospital. She was telling me that she took her daughter skating this morning and went and sat next to another skating mom that she normally doesn't talk to. They talked about he day and what they had planned. My cousin told her she had to go visit family at the hospital. She said "oh no, what happened" my cousin told her and just then the lady got a text message that said "pray for Dylan". As soon as this happened she told me and I felt a sense of release. He spent 21 days in the ICU with a severe brain injury. It was the power of prayer that helped us through. People I didn't even know where praying for my son Dylan.