Prayer Pond • Your Safe Harbor for Prayer.

Prayer Pond

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.

What a blessing was that stillness as he brought them safely into harbor! (Psalm 107:30)

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.

You are invited to pray for this ministry, for those affected by chronic illness and mental illness, and for each prayer request tossed into our Prayer Pond.

Whether a request, praise, lament, loss, joy, hope, or grief, prayer ripples beyond this day and the boundaries of our world.

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)

 

PRAYER POND

 

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)

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, not-seen-before gift of intimacy with our Lord? 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

 

There is a longing in our souls that rises from the deep places, of “deep calling out to deep” (Psalm 42:7), as we long for God to “Hear the voice of [our] supplications.” (Psalm 28:2)

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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Join us at the Let’s Pray page, a safe and inviting harbor to explore a breadth and depth of prayer.

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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) 

You are a precious, vital member of the Kingdom of God and this community. We’re glad you’re here, grateful for your presence, and 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

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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!


I prayed for this

Prayed for 3 times.

Cheryl Martin

Please pray for my video appointment with a ne nurse-practitioner today. Please pray that she is understanding, compassionate, a good listener and gives me the space to make the decisions I need to and lets me talk. It is hard to start over explaining my complicated illness. Please pray that I can discuss just the issues I made the appointment for and not be given tests, imaging, labs, meds, etc that I cannot tolerate at the moment. Also please pray for a flare I am having.

Received: September 28, 2022

I prayed for this

Prayed for 9 times.

Kelli

I have struggled with two chronic illnesses and have not had success with compassionate doctors who listen. After taking 6 months "off" I am scheduled for a new rheumatologist appt this Thursday at 8:20. Please pray for my mental state and a good fit with this doctor. Thank you!

Received: September 26, 2022

I prayed for this

Prayed for 16 times.

Donna Sargent

Despair. Fighting severe anxiety for months and months. Started new holistic approach. Need relief immediately. Can’t take much more. Thank you.

Received: September 22, 2022

I prayed for this

Prayed for 14 times.

Larry Miller

My uveitis and glaucoma are out of control. My ophthalmologist informed me last Thursday that I likely will be blind before 9/30. In 1966, 1994, and 2012 I got the same diagnosis and God healed my blindness. My next appointment is 9/29. We will learn the results of Karen's neuropsych testing. We're hoping for a diagnosis and treatment. Thank you for your prayer and friendship and prayers.

Received: September 22, 2022

I prayed for this

Prayed for 15 times.

Anonymous

I am very sick with many ailments. It has taken over my life and my body. My family is scared to lose me, especially after losing my brother after a 1 year battle with cancer at the young age of 22. I am asking family and friends to pray that this new treatment is not too hard on me. I pray it helps.

Received: September 21, 2022

I prayed for this

Prayed for 20 times.

Anonymous

Please pray for an urgent unspoken request regarding my family. Thank you.

Received: September 16, 2022

I prayed for this

Prayed for 23 times.

Anonymous

Please join me in praying for my brother who is in a nursing home in colorado. I am in Ohio and dependent on the nursing home to get him to his medical appointment for cataract surgery and to do the drops after the surgery. I Am Naturally concerned because I am not there. Please pray that God lays on someone's heart to do right by my brother and make sure he gets the care that he needs. Thank you. God bless you.

Received: September 14, 2022

I prayed for this

Prayed for 24 times.

Barbara Robbins

I would appreciate it if all of you would join me in prayer for wisdom from God in a situation I'm facing. In recent months, our church has been emphasizing God's healing power, and I sensed God wanted me to go up for prayer in July for a new injury, a painful wrist that has become even more painful since that prayer. I now know I have advanced tendinitis is this wrist. At this point, I am asking the Lord for wisdom in what whether God will heal this wrist or if I should set the surgeon.

Received: September 14, 2022

I prayed for this

Prayed for 28 times.

Donna Sargent

I am beginning to taper a medication that have the potential to have withdrawal symptoms. I have been suffering from extreme anxiety. Please pray I will not have any anxiety withdrawal symptoms. That I would only feel better as this medicine leaves my system. Thank you.

Received: September 9, 2022

I prayed for this

Prayed for 36 times.

Anonymous

Please pray for my husband's dear aunt and cousin. His beloved uncle died this past Christmas after a very long battle with mesothelioma, and on top of handling his illness with grace and courage, my aunt has been struggling with rheumatoid arthritis. Her daughter is presently being treated for lymphoma. They have always had strong faith, but prayers for the easing of their physical trials and for the family members who care for them would be greatly appreciated.

Received: September 6, 2022

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