Refuge

Support, sustain, uphold, carry: what do these words all have in common? Aren’t they words that speak about something that is weak, something that is small, something that needs to be held? 

There are so many times in the journey with chronic illness when we are left feeling the depth of our smallness. Sometimes the temptation is to fight against that, to be the strong one who can overcome any obstacle.

But what can we do when the strength has given way and there is no fight left within us?  Our Lord tells us in His Word that HE will hold us and He will sustain us. Even to our old age and grey hairs, He is longing to lift us up and bring the true refuge we so desperately need. He will hold every prayer that we lift to Him.

 

PRAYER #1

Would you join us as we pray together, lifting our burdens to the Lord?

 Dear Father,

Your Word tells us that

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

We cling to Your promises for us there. Thank You that we can cry out to you in a moment, and know that You are ever-present to bring us help. We are asking for those we care about today, for those who are hurting. Would You be their strength and refuge in the midst of the storms they are facing?  We have known Your help in trouble–please remind us again how faithful You have been in the past. Help us to trust that You will be faithful today too.

In the name of Your son, Jesus, we pray,

Amen.

PRAYER #2

We invite you to join us as we pray from the example of Scripture:

Dear Heavenly Father,

May we lift up our prayers to You, even as King Solomon spoke his requests:

“And may these words of mine, which I have prayed before the Lord, be near to the Lord our God day and night, that he may uphold the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel according to each day’s need,” 1 Kings 8:59

Thank You that You see the need that we carry each day. Help us to trust You for provision. Thank You that You alone can uphold the cause of Your servants. Help us to long for Your justice to be seen. Thank You that day and night You hear the words we bring before You. Help us to come near to You in our neediness. We are humbled and grateful that Your Word still holds true for us today.

In the name of Your son, Jesus, we pray,

Amen.

PRAYER #3

Dear Lord,

Thank You that You see the weakness that we feel, and You are aware of the anxieties that overwhelm our hearts:

“When I said, ‘My foot is slipping,’

    your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.

When anxiety was great within me,

    your consolation brought me joy.” Psalm 94:18-19

Oh, Father, thank You that You hear our cries, and You send Your unfailing love to support our stumbling feet. Thank You that You don’t leave us in our fears and anxieties, but You bring us Your own consolations. So, Lord, we lift up those we love today, and ask for Your consolation to cover their anxieties also. We pray for those who feel that they cannot take another step without stumbling. May Your unfailing love support them even now. Our praises rise to You as we rest in Your deep heart of love.

In the name of Jesus we pray,

Amen.

PRAYER #4

Dear Lord,

Thank You for the plans that You have spoken over us:

“Even to your old age and gray hairs

    I am he, I am he who will sustain you.

I have made you and I will carry you;

    I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” Isaiah 46:4

We praise You for creating us and for carrying us from birth. Thank You that only You truly sustain and rescue us. Help us today in these places where we are weak and feel the weight of our years creeping up on us. Help our loved ones who are struggling to see Your sustaining and rescuing in their lives. Will You carry them even as we ask You to carry us too? We love You our dear rescuer.

In the name of Jesus we pray,

Amen

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Visit the Prayer Pond

You’re invited to the Chronic Joy Prayer Pond. Toss your prayer requests, updates, and shouts of praise into the pond, then watch them ripple with radical hope and compassionate change throughout our community and beyond. Then be sure #PrayItForward by clicking the “I PRAYED FOR THIS” button to let the requester know you prayed for them.

We are all blessed to have a place to pray and people to pray with and for us. Who do you know needs to toss a prayer or praise into the pond, and who might link arms with us in prayer?

Prayer Prompt Guide

Sometimes we all need a little encouragement and a boost in our prayer lives. While talking with God should be easy, a guide can be a helpful resource to lean into, spurring us on to deeper, more intimate conversations with Him.

  • Set aside a special time and place to meet with God.
  • Quiet your heart and mind. Breathe deeply.
  • Slowly read the prayer, perhaps several times.
  • Write the verse in your journal, noting any words that catch your attention.
  • Talk with God, taking time to listen, then journal your thoughts.
Bettie Gilbert

Bettie Gilbert

Volunteer Prayer Coordinator

You can find Bettie blogging from her home in a small town in southeast Wisconsin - at bettiegraseasons.com, walking forward with Jesus, in the middle of her own pain and weaknesses from multiple chronic illnesses. The beauty of nature is a joy that calls to Bettie, as do her family and seven young grandchildren. She and her husband have been married for over 40 years and take great joy in their weekend coffee breaks together. In addition, Bettie is the Chronic Joy Prayer Pond coordinator.

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