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? 

 

 Want to Learn More?

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 11 times.

BettieG

Last week I began another new RA medication (the 34th) and once again had some crazy side effects and allergic hives. We paused the med over the weekend, and re-started it today alongside of preventive benadryl. Would you pray that my body would accept this process? Thank you for all of the prayers on my behalf in this journey!

Received: August 9, 2022

I prayed for this

Prayed for 22 times.

Sylvia Buttery

Over the last four years, I’ve exhausted all medical and alternative methods to get back function of my left arm and shoulder, left foot and both thumbs. Constant pain and now Graves’ disease, hair loss and increasing depression from all of the above. Please pray o can find solutions and remain hopeful.

Received: August 4, 2022

I prayed for this

Prayed for 32 times.

Lori Butler

I have really bad anxiety and depression alongside chronic illness and my mom passing. Please pray for perseverance, hope, joy in pain etc.

Received: July 30, 2022

I prayed for this

Prayed for 30 times.

Betsy

My husband is majorly depressed, hasn't come home from work, hasn't responded to me at all, his phone is dead, and I'm just in distress... Please pray for God to have victory in his life, and for me to have hope and keep trusting God even through all the hurt I've felt (as this has happened before, and I feel so discouraged and alone).

Received: July 29, 2022

I prayed for this

Prayed for 29 times.

Linda evans

Prayer for mental and emotional healing for me and healing so I can sleep better and wake up refreshed and be healed from fatigue and tiredness.

Received: July 28, 2022

I prayed for this

Prayed for 25 times.

Larry Miller

Praise Recovering from my spinal stimulator surgery yesterday. Thank you for your prayers.

Received: July 27, 2022

I prayed for this

Prayed for 34 times.

Donna Sargent

Have been suffering with wretched anxiety for almost 2 years. Suffering being the key word. Desperately need relief and deliverance from this anxiety. Total and complete deliverance. Peace abounding. Absence of any anxiety. Thank you.

Received: July 26, 2022

I prayed for this

Prayed for 37 times.

Jacki

Hi prayer warriors;

We are in the process of dealing with an unexpected move, and have a son who has addiction issues. My body with chronic fatigue syndrome is really struggling during this time. Lots of extra vestibular and migraine issues coming up, as my body tries to compensate with the speed and layers of this. Thank you for prayers that I will have added strength and support through this season. I pray many of you are seeing God appear in your circumstances!

Received: July 19, 2022

I prayed for this

Prayed for 41 times.

Anonymous

My Mom is in a nursing home without use of her body. She was my caretaker and now I am alone. I have many serious health challenges every day. We need your prayers. Thank you!

Received: July 15, 2022

I prayed for this

Prayed for 37 times.

Jennifer

Hi, my name is Jennifer.

I need u to pray boldly, I need God to bless me Financially, and quickly I'm behind on majority of my bills need a Financial Blessing, if would pray for that, I would greatly.appreciate that.

Thank u so much

Received: July 13, 2022

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Prayer Prompt Guide

Devotional Guide

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.

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"Prayer is not what is done by us, but rather what is done by the Holy Spirit in us." (Henri Nouwen)

Prayer

"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)

DEVOTIONALS

Boasting in Weakness Shows God’s Strength

Sometimes it can be hard to look at what God is doing as a blessing, but He also uses unique challenges to make radical differences in the lives of his followers and those around them. Boasting in weakness seems backwards, but it shows God’s strength. Think of the powerful impact you might have if you shared your weaknesses with those around you.

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But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses., so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

A Gentle Touch of Kindness and Love

Anything that helps another person can be a gentle touch of kindness - praying, smiling, sending an encouraging note or text. There are many instances in the Bible where Jesus used a gentle touch - in healing, blessing children, comforting.

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"Jesus came up, touched them, and said,'Get up: don't be afraid.' When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus alone." Matthew 17:7-8

Prayer Books

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

Henri J.M. Nouwen

Discover 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).

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Beside Still Waters: Words of Comfort for the Soul

Beside Still Waters: Words of Comfort for the Soul

Charles H. Spurgeon

This devotional is an inspired collection of Scripture-based readings that offer daily encouragement for dealing with illness, loss, depression, anxiety, and other personal problems.

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Prayer That Works

Prayer That Works

Jill Briscoe

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.

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Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God

Timothy Keller

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

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