Prayer Ministry

Prayer Pond

Prayer is the heartbeat of Chronic Joy Ministry.

Welcome to the Chronic Joy Ministry Prayer Pond, where you can share your prayer requests, updates, and shouts of praise. 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.

Prayer Pond

You are a precious, vital member of the Kingdom of God and of this community. We’re glad you’re here. Grateful for your presence. Blessed to lift you in prayer.

May God bless you and keep you today and always.

“For where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them.” Matthew 18:20

Before you leave today, please #PrayItForward by lifting up one or more of the requests in front of yours. Then be sure to click the “I PRAYED FOR THIS” button to let the requester know you prayed for them.

You are invited to share your prayer request and/ or praise to our Prayer Pond using the form below. Once your note is received, we will share it according to your instructions. Feel free visit us often and share updates!


Hi there fellow believers! I am a 36 year old mother of three boys, 7, 3 and 4 month old - I’m nursing him . I’ve been having chest pain. Went to the ER and all the tests were fun but two weeks later and I still have the pain. I have an apt with my doctor on 11/21/19. He’s talking about CAT scans and such. Needless to say, I am gripped with fear and anxiety of the worst. I am asking God for healing and that it is nothing serious. I am asking the LORD for a long long life with my family. And I am asking Him for HIS peace! Please join me in these prayers and for whatever else HE puts on your hearts! Thank you all!

Received: November 19, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 2 times.


Healing for my intestines and jaw and anxiety and degenerative bone disease and pelvis

Received: November 19, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 3 times.

Gail P Godwin

I need a new heater for this cold weather. I have a brand new one that was given to me but it has a smell coming from it when it heats up and giving me allergy symptoms so I can't use it. It's all metal like I need but still having breathing problems when it's turned on. I'm in Florida but the last 2 days it's been down in 50 degree temps. The inside temp in my house is 70 degrees which is making me so cold. I've tried to buy another heater but all of them have some kind of plastic on them which makes me sick. The other request is still that I don't have enough food to eat. You all have already been praying for this need that I posted several months ago, but nothing has changed and still losing weight and feeling weaker each day. I need God to touch my body. God Bless you all!

Received: November 18, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 6 times.

Anna Stoltzfus

Dear fellow sufferers,

I have posted on here before several times and I felt like I wasn't sure I should write again, but I just want to say my most sincere thanks for those of you out there who have prayed for me. It's been overwhelming as every time I get up from one surgery I end up in the ER again with infections - more surgeries. I asked the Lord if 40 surgeries wouldn't be enough now, and my husband and I sure hope there won't be more in the near future (forever would be okay with me) Currently I am in recovery mode from the past 6 surgeries from this summer and fall. With complex chronic disease on top of it all, I have been in such a battle. However, several things have happened which I want to give a praise report for. First of all, your prayers have made a difference!!! Second, Jesus has NOT forsaken me and perhaps the reason I can go on is because you prayed!!!. And third, a dear friend has set up a GoFundMe page to help us out with the overwhelming medical bills.(never ending medical is something. SO MANY of you know what it's like) ... My testimony is that the Lord is good in the midst of our lack of understanding why. And I want to thank the team at Chronic Joy for bringing HOPE to so many of us by setting up this site and encouraging all of us -- and putting out those prayer requests. And My husband and I both say thank you to those of you who prayed. We pray for the requests as well.

~ Sincerely, Anna & Elmer Stoltzfus

Received: November 17, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 9 times.

Pam Owens

I want to praise our Father for little steps of healing grace that I have seen from Him in these past few weeks. Thank you so much my brothers and sisters in Christ for your prayers. God is moving and I feel Him working. Praise His name forever!

Received: November 11, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 15 times.


This ME space is like no other I've ever walked in. I've know grief walks and "normal" illness walks of my own and family members but this, this unknowing space beats them all. Simply put could you pray that I will indeed trust with all my heart what I can't understand, so that I then hear the Father say this is how you should walk in this space. Thank you.

Received: November 4, 2019

Chronic Joy

Dear Father, Thank you for the true hope that You bring to us:

"And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us." Romans 5:5

Oh, Lord, we confess that this world has covered us with so much shame. There are days when hope feels like a fairy tale. And yet, we thank You for Your Holy Spirit that speaks Your truth into the deep cries we utter. You have poured Your love right here. We lift our broken places to You, and we lift our broken prayers to you. Wash over the dark places with Your holy light and living water. Stir up hope that comes from Your Spirit. Thank You for Your deep, deep love.

In the name of Your Son, Jesus, we pray. Amen.

Received: November 4, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 2 times.

Bettie Gilbert

This is a praise report to share: Thank you all for praying for me with the cyst removal from my eyelid last week. The Eye Doctor was able to remove it, and all went relatively smoothly with no allergic reactions! What a blessing to feel the prayers lifting me up during the procedure and during the days that followed as my body recovered.

Received: November 3, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 17 times.


It's hard to know where to begin but, here goes! Recently, I had a heart stent inserted. I have been a diabetic for 40+ years now and may have contributed to my heart disease. It was also discovered that I have Gerd.

I sense now, my more intense problems are stemming from my inability to sleep and as a result, I cannot make good decisions, especially when it comes to diet. I have lost weight recently without any physical activity. I have also experienced a great deal of anxiety and depression.

I know our Father is with me. He reassures me of this even as I just recorded it here. I need His touch for my emotional and mental stresses. I have a wonderful group of prayer supporters at my church. I was privileged to spend 7 years in China as God's ambassador and have a great support group at the Chinese church here in America that I am privileged to be connected to.

I feel like my needs cover the wide range of emotional, spiritual and physical. Not sure what my next step or steps should be but I do know He knows my every need.

Please pray that I react to these enormous challenges as our Father would lead. Thank you so much prayer warriors!

Received: November 1, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 23 times.


Due to my chronic illness, I have had a bad flare and need God to restore me to baseline so I can care for my family. I feel so sad that I am sick so often and am missing out on precious times.

Received: October 29, 2019


#PrayerMonday is 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. 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 power of prayer.

Please use the form below to sign up and commit to pray for the mission and ministry of Chronic Joy and those affected by chronic physical and/or mental illness during a specific hour. You can sign up for multiple hours if you like by filling out the form again.

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Card Ministry

Would you like to offer a kind word, encouragement, an inspiring quote, or prayer to a fellow chronic illness traveller? On hard days when it seems almost impossible to take one more step, sometimes it soothes the spirit to extend ourselves a bit. Writing a note to a fellow traveller could be just that.

And it’s simple to do!

Stop by the Prayer Pond and as you read through the requests, when God tugs at your heart, pause and pray, then consider writing a note, card or letter to encourage that person too.

Or let us choose. You write the note of encouragement and we’ll choose the recipient.

Send your card to: Card Ministry, c/o Chronic Joy, 1015 Lemira Circle, Waukesha, WI 53188 and we’ll send it on for you.

Would you like to receive a note of encouragement? We invite you to sign-up, and as our mailbox fills up, we’ll forward a little love to you.



From time to time our hearts are moved to send old-school notes to those in our community. May we bless you with tangible expressions of love and community?   *US residents only.


Would you like to send a note or letter offering prayer and encouragement?  Mail your unsealed cards and letters to us and we will send them on to someone in our community.

Prayer Posts

Volunteer Prayer Coordinator – Bettie Gilbert

Chronic Joy's New Volunteer Prayer Pond Coordinator We are delighted to officially welcome Bettie Gilbert as Chronic Joy's brand new Volunteer Prayer Coordinator!Bettie is a beautiful soul with a huge heart for prayer who has been with us since the very beginning. (You'll learn more of her story below.) Bettie will welcome and invite our community into prayer through Scripture, short prayers,...

Volunteer Prayer Coordinator – Bettie Gilbert

Acquainted with Grief | Prayer Prompt

  Acquainted with Grief     Strange acquaintance for the Son of God! The brightness of glory, and the express image of the Father’s person! But He came into our world on purpose that He might know by experience all that His people had suffered; yea, all that His people deserved. He had heard of sorrow. He had seen it in others. But He had never felt it Himself. He took our nature. He...

Acquainted with Grief | Prayer Prompt

Worship at His Footstool | Prayer Prompt

In times of distress and heartache sometimes the only thing to do is to place ourselves in humble submission before our great God.When doubt floods into our minds, there is a comfort to be found as we look away from our situation to the vastness and holiness of our Lord.But what do the words mean, here, “to worship at his footstool?”  When we look into the Barnes Notes on the Bible...

Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy. Psalm 99:5 KJV

Prayer Books

The Way of the Heart: Connecting with God Through Prayer, Wisdom, and Silence

Henri J.M. Nouwen

Inspired by the ancient teachings of St. Anthony and the Desert Fathers,The Way of the Heart clears before us a spiritual path consisting of three stepping-stones: Solitude (learning not to be alone but to be alone with God); Silence (the discipline by which the inner fire of God is tended and kept alive); and Prayer (standing in the presence of God with the mind in the heart).

Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation

Ruth Haley Barton

Do you long for a deep, fundamental change in your life with God? Do you desire a greater intimacy with God? Do you wonder how you might truly live your life as God created you to live it? Spiritual disciplines are activities that open us to God’s transforming love and the changes that only God can bring about in our lives. Picking up on the monastic tradition of creating a “rule of life” that allows for regular space for the practice of the spiritual disciplines, this book takes you more deeply into understanding seven key disciplines along with practical ideas for weaving them into everyday life. 

Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God

Timothy Keller

Christians are taught in their churches and schools that prayer is the most powerful way to experience God. But few receive instruction or guidance in how to make prayer genuinely meaningful. In Prayer, renowned pastor Timothy Keller delves into the many facets of this everyday act.

The Deep Place Where Nobody Goes: Conversations with God on the Steps of My Soul

Jill Briscoe

This collection of short stories, reflections, and poems from Jill Briscoe centers on the theme of our relationship with God, and how that relationship must be our daily priority in good times and bad.





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