Paper Prayers Said From Prison

Coming to you LIVE from True Woman ’12 in Indy…

In case you missed me buzzing about this conference, or at the conference two years ago … let me catch you up to speed.

True Woman is a women’s conference. But it’s not just any women’s conference. This year more than 8,000 women are attending with one goal…to seek Him together. I have the honor of leading the teen track with my good friend Dannah Gresh. (She also happens to be the co-author of “Lies Young Women Believe”).  

Every time this conference rolls around I wish I could pack you all up and bring you with me in my suitcase. Since I cannot (that would be one B-I-G suitcase) I love to send you LIVE reports so that you can be a part of what God is doing in our midst. Tonight I’d like to involve you with a very special assignment.

I’d like you to make a paper chain. (Remember those from third grade?)

You see, at the conference opening session, volunteers brought out a paper chain with more than 34,000 links in it. It circled the entire conference center—going up and down the aisles.

Who made all of those links? Women in prison who have been praying three times a day since about this weekend. From behind bars, these women have been earnestly asking the Lord to do something in our midst this weekend. Since January, every time they met to pray, they wrote their prayers out. Eventually those prayers became a chain that encircled all 8,200 of us. Cool, huh?

I can’t pack you in my suitcase or get you here with my magic wand. But I do know one way you can be a part of what God is doing in Indianapolis this weekend. You can make a chain of paper prayers yourself in three easy steps.

  1. Write out prayers for 400+ young women who are here with me in Indianapolis.
  2. Cut them into strips.
  3. Glue or staple those strips into a chain.   

I’d love to share your prayers with the women (young and old) I will encounter this weekend.

Will you make a paper chain and pray for us?

About Author


Erin is passionate about pointing young women toward God's Truth. She is the author of several books and a frequent speaker and blogger to women of all ages. Erin lives on a small farm in the midwest with her husband and kids. When she's not writing, you can find her herding goats, chickens, and children.

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