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 NLT

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?

And 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 it 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 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 Prompts & Posts

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 1 time.

Bettie G

Thank you for praying for my husband Barry. When the Doctors performed his Angioplasty this morning, they found 2 blockages at 90%! So they put in 2 stents. But, if they had not already found the rare Cardiac Amyloidosis, they would have performed a heart bypass, and we might have lost him then. The condition of the Amyloidosis made his heart not able to handle a bypass. Praise God for His intervention! We are praying for the valve replacement surgery that is scheduled for 3/10.

Received: March 1, 2021

I prayed for this

Prayed for 1 time.

Holly

I have been struggling with worsening asthma and a host of other symptoms that came along suddenly 5 years ago. Despite having asthma my whole life, it wasn’t debilitating but now it is. I’m 40 now, and my doctors are out of answers and treatments. Please pray for a solid answer to what is causing this and quick easy treatment. I want my life back. Thank you!

Received: March 1, 2021

I prayed for this

Prayed for 5 times.

Stephen

My health continues to challenge me and get worse in some areas. Both myself and my family, who care for me and suffer with disabilities themselves, get really depressed and hopeless. I pray for better medical help and healing and strength to deal with things.

Received: February 25, 2021

I prayed for this

Prayed for 4 times.

Larry Miller

5 years ago I was diagnosed with cataracts and glaucoma. I was also fighting my fourth episode of uveitis and my ophthalmologist feared that cataract surgery would kick up another episode of uveitis. So we decided that we would not do surgery unless my eyesight worsened. I saw my ophthalmologist last Friday & he said that without surgery I likely would be blind in 3 to 6 monks. Right now our apartment looks like it's full smoke. I can't see more than 6" inches. The next step is measurements.

Received: February 25, 2021

I prayed for this

Prayed for 5 times.

Tiffany

I'm in severe pain. Please pray for relief and for healing. Also please pray for wisdom to try to find some answers as to cause and helpful treatments.

Received: February 25, 2021

I prayed for this

Prayed for 7 times.

Terri Reed

Hi prayer warriors. I have been diagnosed with congestive heart failure and non alcohol liver cirrhosis this month...I trust God is going to help me, but it never hurts to ask for prayers. Thank you so much!l

Received: February 22, 2021

I prayed for this

Prayed for 13 times.

Linda

I sent in a prayer request in the past and I greatly appreciate all the prays for that request. It was for myself and our estranged son. To my knowledge nothing has changed, we have not heard from him. So pls continue praying.

My husband & I got our 2nd covid vaccine shot ystrday & we are both very fatigued & I have lots of pain. I know this is short lived but it's been very hard. Please pray for our relief. I am hubbie's caregiver.

Received: February 19, 2021

I prayed for this

Prayed for 12 times.

Bettie G

Thank you for all of your prayers for myself and my husband. The results of his test came in, and he has a rare protein in his heart, Cardiac Amyloidosis, that gives him only about a 4year life expectancy. However, a new treatment has been showing promise to extend that, so he will be starting that very soon. They hope that he will be able to have the valve replacement surgery in a few months. We are also asking prayer for our daughter and son-in-law who have just tested positive for Covid.

Received: February 16, 2021

This prayer has been answered!

Prayed for 6 times.

BettieG

My husband, Barry, has a full day of heart tests today and Monday, then meetings with Specialists afterwards to discuss surgery & treatment. But last night he was asked to be part of their research team for the dangerous protein they see in His heart. He will have a personal nurse helping him today--this is a true answer to my prayers as I have felt my weakness to be with him because of my own chronic illness. Thank you all for your precious prayers.

Received: February 12, 2021

I prayed for this

Prayed for 28 times.

Jessica

Please pray for me. I have very loud tinnitus. It is very debilitating. I cry all the time. I have no peace and quiet. I wake up depressed with the loud sounds in my ears and head. Thank you and God bless!

Received: February 11, 2021

You Get Mail!

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

Would you like to receive notes of encouragement? We invite you to sign-up, so encouraging and inspiring #PenToPaper snail mail and other fun printed materials can find their way to your mailbox.  

ADULTS

We would love to bless you with inspiring images, encouraging words, and an opportunity to share a little #PenToPaper love with others. Sign-up today to receive your own beautifully-designed, free, snail mail packets. (*Limited international delivery.)

TEENS & YA • You Get Mail!

Teens and young adults, we invite you to sign-up for #PenToPaper packets designed especially for you. Fun, edgy, and transformational snail mail will wing its way to your mailbox several times a year. Sign-up today, and invite a friend!  (Safe and secure.) 

CHILDREN

CJ Star and the Sonshine Squad want kids to know just how much they are loved by Jesus. Bright, engaging characters bring laughter, delight, and sunshine to an even difficult day. Parents SIGN-UP your child (and their siblings) today. (Safe and secure.) 

Free Prayer Printables

Prayer Prompt Guide

Prayer Prompt Guide

Chronic Joy® Prayer Prompts 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...

Prayer is...

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

Prayer Posts

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).

LEARN MORE.

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

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.

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