4 Tips to Start a Prayer Chain

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A prayer chain is a list of people who agree to pray for a loved one during a troubled time. 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.

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.

How to Start a Prayer Chain

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.

1. 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.

2. Communicate Prayer Requests

You used to be limited to phone calls and word of mouth. Now you can post requests on someone’s CaringBridge site or other social networks, or build an email list that allows you to send prayer requests to everyone with one click.

3. Respect People’s Privacy

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.”

Being discreet is important, if that’s what your loved one wants.

4. 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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Ronika Sep 05, 2019 2:58pm
Hello please pray for my health. My health has been suffering a lot. Everyday feels like it gets worse and it's a battle for me. I lost a lot of weight. I don't eat well. I don't sleep well. I have a lot of anxiety and I'm always overwhelmed. It has affected my job and my life. Please pray for my healing. Pray for strength courage and guidance. Please Lord have mercy on my life and bring healing soon. Bestow your blessings upon me so that I may be hwlealed in your name
Shawn Anderson Aug 19, 2019 2:58pm
Hello I need prayer I’ve had itching and jumpiness Ihave a chemical unbalance witch shows up in the brain they had put me on meds for it but allergy reaction to the med made me itch and fill like bugs so I did stop taking it over a week ago and still that issue , the jumping is from the chemical unbalance but no one can figure out the itchy and bugs I need healing from god yes I believe but would like other people prayers .
Sandra Aug 11, 2019 1:57pm
Please PRAY for my husband.... he is addicted to pain meds and stopped going to church.... I would like as many CHRISTIANS to PRAY for him..... Thank you, God Bless all...
Liberty Benfield Aug 10, 2019 9:42am
Hello . i am asking you all to pray for my stepfather. He is battling cancer and it is really taking it toll. I pray for healing and restoration and energy and strength for him and also that he would have an appetite to help him gain some weight because he is dwindling down to nothing and he has always been thin but muscular. He is the man that keeps our family strong and he is our protector and we need him with us here. I ask you all to pray for a miraclous healing. I know that prayer changes things and that when 2 or more people come together to pray Jesus hears and changes things. I also ask you all to pray for me as i have been going through something healthwise and the doctors can't figure it out but i have had bad shortness of breath and extreme neck pain as well as chest pain and terrible heart palpitations. And indigestion all the time but all my bloodwork keeps coming out good but something is wrong and I ask you all to pray that when i go for testing Wednesday that they can finally find out what is wrong with me or if God would heal me that would be the most amazing blessing. And also that I make through work today because it is so hard to do my work when I don't feel well and my heart isnt beating correctly. I also have dizziness and lightheadedness and my shortness of breath can really bring on horrible anxiety and I knkw God. Says be anxious for nothing and I want to obey but it is hard to do when I can't breath or my chest hurts and my neck doesn't stop hurting. So I just ask you all to start a prayer chain for myself and my stepfather whose name is William Robards Sr. And my name is Liberty Benfield and to pray for my family. God bless you all. And thank you. Amen
María Ines Aug 05, 2019 6:30am
Please S Philomena for Me a deep depression I am in urgent need of prayer forcIrene lung cancer and quimio
Traci Jul 17, 2019 7:51pm
Please pray that my little dog will stop bleeding. She is anemic. She has an ear cyst and I can’t make it quit. Thank you and God Bless.
Dj Jul 08, 2019 2:00pm
Please pray for Steve Scott he has terminal cancer. But he's believing the Lord will heal him so please join with us to pray for a miracle. At this moment he has returned from hospital on Saturday and hasn't had an urine pass since then, so please pray this will happen this day. Thanks
rentsamo Jun 08, 2019 4:41am
Please pray for my marriage restoration.My wife and i are living seperately for 5 years.I have tried to bring her back in my life but she is not willing to come back.I am so scarred and worried and i don't know what to do.We don't communicate at all.I love her so much.Our marriage is on a brink of a break.Please pray for my wife so that Jesus can touch her heart.I am so broken.I need help.Thank you
Devin May 03, 2019 2:58pm
The comment I put below is what I sent to a friend a wanted to put here once I found this...please..if you stop to read any of these today....please read and consider mine...I’m going to go through a pray for a lot of these today to help others...I hope we all do that here...if y’all could possibly help me create chains outside of this too my soul would be eternally grateful...😭💙
Devin May 03, 2019 2:47pm
“ Hey I was wondering how big you think a prayer chain we are capable of creating? By telling a few to tell a few to tell a few to tell a few like a please pass it on prayer chain? I want to try and make this one massive....my friend tia is pretty much dying...she’s very sick and weak and has no food or any way to get any...she’s losing hope and is asking god constantly where he is...this is...bigger than just an injured spine...(a former reason I asked someone to start a prayer chain) and I wanna create huge prayer chain...between people who truly believe in prayer and I think if we get people who genuinely believe to pass it on to others who genuinely believe we could get so many to pray...I believe she’ll live but there’s power in numbers...I want to have a goal to have 100 people praying consistently for a week or so and however long they feel willing...if we don’t reach 100? That’s ok, that’s just the goal...I know I’ve asked for prayer for her like three times now..but do you think you could help me make a message that’s puts depth and importance to this prayer and about how I want it passed on?” This is what I sent to a friend but I also found this here...please...if y’all come across this...please put some time into praying for her...it’s needed and appreciated.
Donnie Hoots May 03, 2019 12:30pm
Please pray for a break up my name is Donnie my girlfriend of nine mounts just brook up with me I was going to ask her to marry me on our one year anniversary She had gave me a hint that we could be married her name is Heidi . I love her very much I’ve never met anyone that I’ve been so compatible with . So please pray for a change in her heart that we can finally be together again. Thank you for your prayers God Bless
Lynn Apr 23, 2019 7:20pm
Please pray for my Daughter, she can't seem to catch a break lately, They think she probably has MS & now they found a lump in her breast!! She has young children to raise & she is a single parent & will be losing her insurance the end of the month ,please pray for her to get well!! Thank you 4/23/2019
Carol Decelles Apr 17, 2019 6:57am
Dear Lord thank You for saving my soul. May i ask now that you save the life and soul of my attorney Robert, as he's been battling a serious ailment for some time now. Thank You for healing him from this, and keep him always Victorious in You Lord. * Praise You Lord Jesus for using his grandfather as a Born Again Christian in Lebanon where he was killed for being a Christian there many decades ago. Please minister to his grandson Robert and lead him to You and inspire in him to do Your good Will as a Attorney helping the thousands injured for life by the bad trans vaginal Mesh implants as well as all other implants devices and bad drugs. * Please also Save the life and soul of Judge Goodwin who wants the dismiss so many cases that he is tired of hearing about for the past 10 yrs. Please Bless Mr Goodwin for the Justice that he has allowed, and to now Release all these MDL cases so that they may be heard in private court cases in the states that the damages incurred in. Please cause this Judge to Release all the pending cases so that the victims will be able to have compensation to go on with their lives as maimed as they are. Fair payments as restitution is the only way these unemployed disabled victims will be able to obtain recovery therapies ect. Please Lord heal all the Mesh victims and their families, and restore to them the homes, incomes and lives they have lost due to such damages. Please Lord help my husband of all that ails him and find him a at home Job he can do, or get him the SSI he deserves as he too is crippled up from past Military injuries. Please don't let us loose this old house, as we are looking at foreclosure with No where to go and no way to even Move as all vehicles are broke down and Tags expired. Please save the souls of those Global elites who are doing all they can to bankrupt America by deliberate harm done to peoples health, raising Utility and gasoline prices and everything else their GREED is driving them to do, especially against Christians. * Please restore all broken families and Backsliden Believers by Your Love and Grace. May we all Stand in You Lord to Fight the Good fight, and be as Your Watchmen to Warn all. Help us Lord to Stand Now ~ or kneel forever to the N.W.O...which will be worse in the end We love You Lord. Thank You for dying on the cross for our sins to be forgiven In Jesus Name AMEN
Guendoline Flores Dec 27, 2018 2:36pm
Dear Friends, please pray for my safe at work, there is bad things going on, my co workers Nicole Anders, Carolina Aguilar and Perla Vasquez have too much power on my Boss Ada Jones and the Loss prevention team, these 3 girls want me out of my job, please pray with all your heart for my protection at work from Nicole, Carolina and Perla, pray to our Lord to don't allow these girl to destroy me, pray to God to protects me and defends me from these girls, and don't allow my Boss to do what these girls want. Pray for my protection please I beg you, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Guendoline K Flores Dec 25, 2018 2:44pm
Dear Friends, please pray for my safe at work, there is bad things going on, my co workers Nicole Anders, Carolina Aguilar and Perla Vasquez have too much power on my Boss Ada Jones and the security team, these 3 girls want me out of my job, please pray with all your heart for my protection at work from Nicole, Carolina and Perla, pray to our Lord to don't allow these girl to destroy me, pray to God to protects me and defends me from these girls, and don't allow my Boss to do what these girls want. Pray for my protection please I beg you, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Guendoline K Flores Dec 22, 2018 12:23pm
Dear Friends, I wanted to ask you to pray to our Lord to send me a miracle of health, I have a bad cold or flu and I feel weak and sick, please friends pray for my heath to get well and healthy as soon as possible, pray for me to don't have more runny nose, sore through, congestion, headache, toothache, and cough, please pray for me I beg you with all my heart and soul, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Guendoline K Flores Dec 17, 2018 10:02pm
Dear Friends I wanted to ask you to pray for my husband Don May to recover as soon as possible from his flu, he is very sick, he has too much cough and runny nose, he doesn't feel good at all, I want to beg you please pray for my husband health to be healthy as soon as possible, pray to our Lord to remove his cough, runny nose, headache and the congestion, please pray for my husband Don May to get well soon and better and better every hour, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen
Guendoline Flores Dec 14, 2018 9:50pm
Dear Friends, I wanted to ask you to pray to our Lord for me to have an amazing relationship and friendship at work with my co workers Carolina Aguilar, Nicole Anders, Casey Shelton, Jacki Kinch, Perla Vasquez, Ada Jones and Jeff Smith, I beg you that all these co workers trust in me, have communication with me, help me to speak clearly with my co workers, managers and customers, pray to our Lord to fight to keep my full time position for next year and every year, to have full time job always, I beg you with all my heart and soul, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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? PEACEWITHGOD.net
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.