Prayer is the heartbeat of Chronic Joy Ministry.
Prayer for a thriving Chronic Joy community has been our heart from the very beginning, though logistically, we’ve been challenged as those in our community are spread across the world. Yet in God’s perfect timing, He reveals each next step, guiding us to create greater connection and to dismantle the barriers.
Today, we are excited to announce the brand new Chronic Joy Prayer Pond, a place to come, sit, and rest, and pray at the water’s edge. We invite you to toss your prayer and praise requests into the pond and then to #PrayItForward by praying for others’ requests. While you’ve been invited to request prayer for many months, until now there wasn’t a way to share your requests with the greater Chronic Joy community.
But you spoke. And we listened.
So many of you have told us that because of chronic illness you aren’t able to serve in traditional ways – they just don’t work. But you’ve also told us again and again that you can pray – day or night. Now we invite you to do just that.
One of the most exciting new features is that as you pray for someone, you can then click, “I PRAYED FOR THIS” button and the requester (as long the requester selected the “Email Me When Someone Prays” option) will receive an email saying, “Someone just prayed for you!” Each time we receive this note, our hearts do a little leap, because we no longer feel so alone.
When you request prayer, you will receive an email saying, “Your Prayer Request Has Been Received.” That email includes a link allowing you to both remove your request or to let us know that your prayer has been answered.
Why call it a Prayer Pond?
In the Bible, water represents cleansing by the washing of the water of the Word of God. It is also the source of Living Water that springs up into eternal life. Jesus referred to the coming of the “living water” as the Holy Spirit, and finally, God is this source of Living Water in both the Old and the New Testaments, reminding us in John 4:14 that all those who drink from it will never die and indeed, shall never thirst again.
So often chronic illness depletes our spirits, causing us to feel purposeless, anxious, alone, and forgotten about. Sitting at the edge of a quiet pond and tossing a prayer into the depths, watching the water ripple out toward the far shores is what happens when we request prayer and share our praises. As a community we are able to offer radical hope and compassionate change to one another – a beautiful, tangible form of care, service, and compassion each time we pray with and for each other.
At Chronic Joy, we’re passionate about prayer. That’s why every Monday is #PrayerMonday, an invitation to pray for this ministry, for those affected by chronic physical and/or mental illness, and for each prayer request tossed into our Prayer Pond. Whether a request, praise, lament, suffering, loss, hope, grief, or joy, each prayer ripples far beyond this day and the boundaries of our world.
How often we hear, “Prayer is the least I can do,” when in reality, prayer is the most we can do. As we connect with our Heavenly Father and with one another in prayer, our serving hearts both grow and thrive.
In addition, we’ve created a Prayer Focus calendar and encourage you to sign-up and commit to praying during a specific hour – to link arms with us in bringing radical hope and compassionate change to the world through the mystery and power of prayer.
We invite you to sign-up to receive regular updates reminding you to visit and #PrayItForward. “Regular,” will initially be dependent on the number of requests shared, but will never exceed more than once a week.
If you follow us on Facebook, we invite you to visit and like our new Prayer Pond page: Chronic Joy Prayer Pond, devoted to all things prayer. This will include posts alerting you that a request or two have been tossed into the pond.
We look forward to meeting you at the Prayer Pond!