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, 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
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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An Honest, Vulnerable Expression of Pain
Prayer of Examen
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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 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!
My friends, I have an MRI scheduled for June 3 and a consultation with my pain management doctor on June 8, so God answered my request to fast-track these appointments. Now I'm praying that the spinal surgery or the spinal stimulator surgery can be scheduled before the end of June. I also have an appointment with my urologist June 3 to schedule prostate surgery hopefully sometime in June. Thank you for your prayers and encouragement.
Received: May 28, 2022
I am really struggling. I have bipolar, PTSD, anxiety and BPD. I have applied for SSI because I'm not able to work. I got denied and things keep happening so I just want to die
Received: May 28, 2022
A young woman I had spent time with Tusday night at a Women's event with my son's church has covid. Please prayer for her as she is having a rough and and for me as I am extremely high risk and can't tolerate meds. I also am having a food issue which is very dangerous with diabetes and I have been unable to tolerate the treatment or diabetes or any meds due to a neurological condition. My dr is trying to get me an appt with a new podiatrist and hasn't heard back from them yet.
Received: May 26, 2022
I’ve had fibromyalgia over 20 years. Recently my mom passed away after 3 years in cancer treatment. I was her caregiver. She was my best friend. My sister who is developmentally disabled and diabetic lived with mom and now lives with us. Our hopes, dreams and plans have been completely erased. I’m in constant pain physically and emotionally, tired, can’t think. I’m not finding help for sis. The system is so broken. I’m depressed, broken, lost, angry, confused, wrestling. Desperate.
Received: May 24, 2022
My wife Chelsea struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts.I am failing to be who she needs. I feel any day I could discover Chelsea’ dead. I fear the pain it would cause . I fear raising our daughter without her mother.
Received: May 23, 2022
Please pray for my mom, Brenda. She had her left leg amputated due to bacteria. She's still on dialysis.
Received: May 18, 2022
Please pray for me and my depression and feeling paranoia. I have a lot of trauma and don't feel well.
Received: May 13, 2022
I feel anxiety, depression, and just traumatized from a lot that has happened to me in life. It feels like a rollercoaster of emotions that I really don't want. Please pray for me.
Received: May 11, 2022
My eyesight is still at risk after 11 months of treatment (uveitis), thus my rheumatologist and ophthalmologist recommended 6 more weeks of Acthar injections twice a week. I have three weeks remaining, but my inflammation is becoming worse. My autoimmune illness, ankylosing spondylitis, is to blame for my uveitis. God will make a way when there is no way. Thanks for your concern and prayers.
Received: May 8, 2022
I suffer from anxiety disorder which is genetic. I am on several meds. I have been praying for years. I need a miracle.
Received: May 7, 2022
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.
God is always working in our lives turning troubles into blessings. Even wasps and their stings can be blessings in disguise.
Weaknesses keep us humble. The thorns in our lives can be good reminders for us to give our burdens to God. They show us how much we need him.
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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