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?

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

 

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 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!


I prayed for this

Prayed for 19 times.

Deborah Cleveland

I have suffered from chronic pain in my left arm and shoulder and neck and am scheduled for total shoulder replacement surgery in a month or so. I ask for your prayers for my physical healing and for the patience and strength and endurance and self control to wait on the lord!

Received: September 4, 2021

I prayed for this

Prayed for 7 times.

Melody Bollinger

Gayl, it is such a blessing to see how God is answering prayer. Thank you for taking the time to update us!

Received: September 3, 2021

I prayed for this

Prayed for 19 times.

J

I suffer with OCD. My anxiety, depression, and episodes have increased dramatically. I have found a support page and am on medications. I'm still looking for a counselor (Christian preferred). In short, I have to be careful I don't fall into the "rabbit hole" that is fear, obsessive prayer for salvation, tears, depression, and not eating. I need a miracle.

Received: August 29, 2021

This prayer has been answered!

Prayed for 4 times.

Gayl

Family of 4 with covid. Mother and two young girls are better. The father, Paul, just took a turn for the worse. Wife is a believer but he is not. I've know the wife since she was a little girl. Please pray for the family, esp. Paul.

Received: August 28, 2021

I prayed for this

Prayed for 26 times.

Anonymous

I have so many afflictions, but for this prayer request I ask you to prayer for my brain! There is a dark chronic blackness which never leaves. I am having more trouble just remembering what I was going to say in a conversation. I have yet to be tested for dementia! I suspect the darkness comes from ME/CFIDS which I got in 8th grade. My mind just keeps getting worse, yet I know that GOD Does Perform miracles and I desperately need one for this affliction among many more for chronic pain!

Received: August 22, 2021

I prayed for this

Prayed for 21 times.

Debbie Cleveland

Please pray for me that the lord will heal the pain in my left arm. It travels to my neck and shoulder and face and keeps me in bed most of the time with migraine pain.

Heal me and I will be healed! For You are my praise!!

Received: August 21, 2021

I prayed for this

Prayed for 24 times.

Anonymous

Hi, may I ask for prayer? My son is home on a 2 week leave and staying with my older son and dil. Could you please pray that we would have plenty of quality time with him? I have not seen or heard from him since Monday and it is hurtful and stressful. Also that I would have a closer relationship with my dil and that God would show me how to bless, love, support and connect with each of them and how to be the best adult-child mom I can be within the limits of my chronic illness Thank you so much

Received: August 20, 2021

I prayed for this

Prayed for 19 times.

Gayl

unspoken urgent request for a daughter and for wisdom for the situation.

Received: August 19, 2021

I prayed for this

Prayed for 22 times.

Anonymous

I was really struggling this weekend when I received a card from chronic joy. It meant a lot to know someone was thinking and praying for my family.Thank you.

Please continue to pray for my daughter. I feel like we have been in the valley for a long time now. She is having an mri this week and we are hoping

for good results. My daughter is a faithful servant who loves the Lord, but she and I are both growing so weary from these trials. Please pray for good health and that we may find peace.

Received: August 16, 2021

I prayed for this

Prayed for 23 times.

Anonymous

I need prayer that our FATHER will provide increased financial assistance in regards to paying my HUGE hospital bills. I also need to get on the best health insurance with a very limited budget. I continue to suffer in many ways and would greatly appreciate your prayers in this matter also. Thank you for each and every prayer on my behalf! GOD Bless each of you!

Received: August 12, 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.  

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TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS

Teens, 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.)

Q


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Free Prayer Printables

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.

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).

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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

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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