YOUR SAFE HARBOR FOR PRAYER
The Prayer Pond is your safe harbor for prayer. Share prayer requests, updates, and shouts of praise.
It’s safe, secure, and always without judgment.
PRAYER IS THE HEARTBEAT OF CHRONIC JOY.
Welcome to the Chronic Joy Prayer Pond, where you can share your prayer requests, updates, and shouts of praise. At Chronic Joy, we’re passionate about prayer.
We often 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 grow and thrive.
“For where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them.” (Matthew 18:20)
What happens when chronic pain drives us to bed day after day?
What happens when we feel the weight of loneliness?
What happens when we’ve searched for answers, but found none?
Many of us have felt the sting of wounding in the very places we sought safety. Sadly, even as we have requested prayer, some of us have been met with words cloaked in shame, judgment, or condemnation.
At the Prayer Pond, we invite Jesus to meet our heavy hearts with His Good Word.
OUR SAVIOR IS A SAFE HARBOR
In Christ, we always have a safe harbor to come to just as we are.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 ESV)
The old-fashioned word in the middle of the verse – supplication – simply means to humbly ask. Jesus will never turn us away. In fact, He specifically asks us to bring our requests to God. As we lift our hearts, He lifts every burden, wrapping us in peace.
Is this world of chronic illness a place where life is stunted or could there be a hidden gift of intimacy with our Lord not seen before? Perhaps that is precisely the place where prayers are born.
Could it be that the unrelenting pain is exactly what causes us to cry out to God for help?
We believe chronic illness invites us to shelter under Christ’s outstretched wings. Jesus is present in our unrelenting pain, where His own sweet breath becomes our every prayer, for in this place of crying out, hidden longings are lifted up to Him and the Spirit moves to intercede in and through His Presence in us.
EXPRESSING OUR DEEP LONGINGS IN PRAYER
Sometimes those vague terms cause us to flounder and set aside His call to prayer. Yet what if this safe harbor for prayer is also a safe harbor to learn how to pray, to express the vague and unnamed feelings lingering in our hearts?
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Prayer is Precious Invitation from God
Axe Head Prayer
Redeeming your spiritual edge.
The Spritual Discipline of Noticing and Appreciating
Connect to God with Every Breath.
An Honest, Vulnerable Expression of Pain
Prayer of Examen
Reflections with God
Savor the Words of Scripture
A Touchstone of God’s Love
Praying the Psalms
God’s Prayerbook for His People
The Questions of Jesus
An Invitation to Prayer and a Deeper Faith
Show me, Lord
Teach me. Guide me.
Suffering & Joy
Joy Thrives in the Midst of Suffering
Share Your Prayer Requests at the Prayer Pond
You’re invited to share your prayer requests in a judgment-free zone. While we love to pray for you by name, we’ve included an anonymous option, because we understand that sometimes just the effort to share a request is vulnerable and hard.
At Chronic Joy®, you are prayed for, and every request is prayed over. If you share your address with us (which is always kept confidential) we would love to send you a note of encouragement.
Before you leave the Prayer Pond, please #PrayItForward by lifting others’ requests. When you click the “I PRAYED FOR THIS” button, the requester will get an email saying, “Someone just prayed for you.” What an honor to love and serve one another in prayer!
Whenever we pray – on sleepless nights, in the heat of the day, or as dawn breaks on a new day, God will hear us.
Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. Psalm 55:17 KJV
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.
Thanks to everyone for who prayed for me. It is so encouraging to get a notice in my email indicating someone prayed for me. Blessings to all Chronic Joy prayer warriors. ~ Edna
You're invited to join us for Prayer Devotionals
You are invited to share your prayer requests and praises related to chronic illness 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!
Pray for my 25 yr old daughter with chronic pain and a huge host of medical issues. Doctors are trying to find the root causes and she is suffering. Her depression is deep and she has never known a normal young adult life. This mama’s heart is heavy. But God.
Received: December 2, 2021
PRAISE: As of last night, we could pay our rent, utilities, and eye drops for November. Thank you for your encouragement, prayers, and support.
Received: December 1, 2021
I am battling with lot of unbelief. There is something in my heart which just won't let me believe wholeheartedly. I need to be delivered and set free from this.
Thank you & bless you for praying for me.
Received: December 1, 2021
I have MS and my husband I have separated. I live alone and it’s difficult even though I have only mild disability. I do everything other people do but I need to rest more often. Please pray for my marriage.
Received: November 28, 2021
I'm struggling with CFS, fibromyalgia, pain and other related issues which I would love prayer for. But mostly, I would appreciate prayer for the guilt that I feel. I have little hope things will change and little motivation to press into the Father. I have no energy for faith and little desire to hope because it hurts. It feels easier just to accept and numb the pain with comfort. I know there is more but I just can't bring myself to trust or move towards it.
Received: November 28, 2021
I have been waiting & praying for a very long time for a godly spouse but in vain. I desire to be married and am already late. The pressure of the society is keeping me in constant panic mode with anxiety. Eagerly expecting an answer to this prayer.
Received: November 26, 2021
I have severe thyroid issues. Medications are not working. I am barely able to function in this agonizing pain. Please pray for my healing. I feel like I am going to die.
Received: November 24, 2021
I pray for more joy and playful healing in my life. I would love to get more spiritual support and connect with friends and guides who can help me and fill up my cup. I pray for my health to improve, for my gratitude to increase, for patience and compassion for myself and others. May those who are suffering find relief somehow.
Received: November 23, 2021
That God would help me overcome my chronic anxiety and that I would see improvement to encourage me very soon. The longer this has gone on the less hope I have.
Received: November 22, 2021
I am struggling with physical illnesses which seem to have come out of nowhere. I am also being persecuted for my faith as well. Please pray for me. Thank you. God bless!
Received: November 20, 2021
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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.
Who do you know that you could bless with a note of encouragement? Ask God who you could send a little #PenToPaper love, then just write from the heart – a scripture verse, an inspiring quote, a prayer, and/or a few few short sentences to brighten someone’s day. If you need a little inspiration to get you started, scroll down to the prayer printables for some great ideas
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Free Prayer Printables
Chronic Joy® devotionals are an invitation to take one gentle step, to pray in a comforting and familiar or perhaps new-to-you way, or to cry out on behalf of one precious life today … maybe even yours.
"Prayer is not what is done by us, but rather what is done by the Holy Spirit in us." Henri Nouwen
"Whether we realize it or not, prayer is the encounter of God's thirst with ours. God thirsts that we may thirst for him." St. Augustine
The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
Each prayer is like a seed that gets planted in the ground. It disappears for a season, but eventually bears fruit that blesses future generations.
Have you ever, like me, found yourself turning away in shame or despair, believing that your lack defines your whole? What if our barrenness is in fact God’s good purpose? What if we deemed it not a punishment to flee from or an embarrassment to hide from, but rather a place to slow and savor more of His Presence...
A God interruption doesn’t look or feel like we think it should. It may shake the very foundation of what we believe or how we’ve viewed God. What looks like chaos and disruption to us, just may be God moving so that His purposes are fulfilled not just in the interruption but because of it.
The Way of the Heart: Connecting with God Through Prayer, Wisdom, and Silence
Prayer That Works
Through studying the lives of Elijah and Elisha 1 Kings 17-19 and parts of 2 Kings, readers will be challenged to pray bold prayers rather than settle for meek prayers not offered in deep faith. Readers will learn to cultivate their prayer lives, surrender to God's timing, and plan and persist when prayers seem to go unanswered.
Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God
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