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We all remember the traditional construction paper chains we used to make a children. Well, here’s a new way to use that beloved craft! This simple construction paper prayer chain will give kids an idea of how the prayers from “two or more” join to create a mighty force. It will also give you an opportunity to bring up a great prayer scripture from Revelation 8 that will help kids understand just how real prayer power is!

Make A Paper Prayer Chain for National Day Of Prayer


– Construction paper, varying colors
– Scissors
– Stapler
– Dark marker pens


If you want to save time, before class, cut the construction paper into 50 or more  strips, 1″ x 8.5″.


When he was President in 1952, Harry Truman signed a Joint Resolution of Congress that created the National Day of Prayer. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan permanently set that day as the first Thursday in May. So National Day of Prayer has been with us since your parents were children. The reason? Prayer works! Let’s do a craft that will show us how.


1. Have children write appropriate things and people onto the strips, reflecting whom they would like to pray for together this week.

2. Each student can write some people who are private to their lives, but also some people in government and the armed services. They can also write down issues such as morality, national restoration of faith, and not compromising their faith, in their own words.

3. When each student has written five to 10, staple them together into one chain.

4. String it across the window or wall.


Revelation 8:3-4 talks about how the Apostle John was swept up into the heavens so that he could see God and what was going on up there. It says, “I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand.

Prayers are very real. We may not be able to see them. But when they get up to God in heaven, they take on a much different form. God sees them the same way we see smoke and incense. He acts on them. They have power – especially when we pray with friends.

Jesus said in Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Our voices, joined together, are a little like the links in this chain. They are joined to make something longer and pretty, representative of strength. Our voices have the power to move God to do great things – if we ask, and if we behave in ways that make him happy.

So this week, let’s join with each other and pray for the leadership of our country and everything we wrote down. God will hear if we are sincere and will move to answer us! Prayer works!



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