Prayer Ministry

Prayer Pond

Prayer is the heartbeat of Chronic Joy Ministry.

 
Welcome to the Chronic Joy Ministry Prayer Pond, where you can share your prayer requests, updates, and shouts of praise. At Chronic Joy, we’re passionate about prayer. That’s why every Monday is #PrayerMonday, an invitation to pray for this ministry, for those affected by chronic physical and/or mental illness, and for each prayer request tossed into our Prayer Pond. Whether a request, praise, lament, suffering, loss, hope, grief, or joy, each prayer ripples far beyond this day and the boundaries of our world.
 
How often we 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 both grow and thrive.

Prayer Pond

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.

May God bless you and keep you today and always.

“For where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them.” Matthew 18:20

Before you leave today, please #PrayItForward by lifting up one or more of the requests in front of yours. Then be sure to click the “I PRAYED FOR THIS” button to let the requester know you prayed for them.

You are invited to share your prayer request and/ or praise 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 8 times.

Chronic Joy

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for teaching us how to pray:

“Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:9-13

Thank You for showing us that we can lift up each need in our lives to You, and You will hear us. Lord, we admit that on some days our needs feel too heavy and too many to even be voiced. Help us to lay them before you, and to receive Your daily bread. Thank You that Your Kingdom will come, and Your perfect will be done in our lives. Help us to trust You, our Holy Lord.

In Your name we pray,

Amen.

Received: October 21, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 9 times.

Chronic Joy

Dear Father,

Thank you for those that You have given us to love:

"I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers." Ephesians 1:16

Thank you for their lives. Thank you for the ways that they have impacted our lives. And now we lift them before You, and ask that You would meet every need that weighs them down. Carry our loved ones through their hard days. Stir their hearts to be filled with thanksgiving for Your love also. We are flooded with the joy of being able to pray for those we love.

In the name of Your son, Jesus, we pray,

Amen.

Received: October 13, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 9 times.

Chronic Joy

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for the new life that you have brought to us:

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Oh, help us during the days when we feel so weary and worn to remember that You have created us anew. Help us to lift our prayers for those we love to know the new life that is given from You also. Thank You for the washing clean that You have brought to us, the new way of living that You have won for us, and the new creation that You have woven into the deep places of our heart. Praise You for Your gift of life.

In Your name we pray,

Amen.

Received: October 6, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 41 times.

Jodi

Really struggling. Have a lot of dx’s that have no cures. Severe Tmj (need surgery but not healthy enough becuz I can barely eat) mast cell activation syndrome, pots, mold sickness, gut issues (no dx yet as my body can’t handle a colonoscopy) EDS, most recent probable endometriosis,

Also am at sensitive to foods, chemicals, drugs, ect. Losing weight quick, blood markers showing immune system is struggling, can barely eat, Gi issues getting worse, chronic pain 24/7, barely sleep, lost my job, apartment, ability to take care of my son and am having to live at home where I deal with an addict and verbal abuse, I have little to no support emotionally or physically, I feel far from God, all I know to do is pray and cry, but things only get worse it seems, have a hard time trusting him in all this, fear grips me all the time, have been given no hope, scared of dying, I need reunited with my husband, we have been looking for a safe house for me since last winter, we got separated due to mold, ive never recovered from it and it’s been found where I’m living as well, I’m going thru a dark deep depression and despair along with fear and loneliness. I feel like I’m dying a slow death, I fear that I won’t be with Jesus when I go. I miss my son. Where I am there aren’t drs that deal with complex cases like mine. Idk what to do or say anymore. People think I’m crazy and don’t believe me. My marriage has gotten tougher the worse I get and the longer we are separated from not being able to find a house due to the market. We can just move anywhere becuz my husband still has 2 kids to tend to and a job. I can’t drive myself places like to farther away drs becuz my chronic pain is so bad. Been dealing with intense symptoms the last few weeks with one trip to the Er becuz my bowels weren’t moving, still having issues, on a really restricted diet and I can’t eat much so I need help, I only get my husband’s help twice a month for a few days at a time, he just left yesterday, I’m a mess emotionally. I see visions of my death all the time and it’s scary and makes me break down in tears. I’m tormented I feel like by demons day in and day out, have nightmares when I am able to sleep, memory is very bad, trouble breathing quite a bit, no peace, just fear and despair and hopelessness all the time. I need support. I feel abandoned by God. Didn’t come to him til much later in life. It’s hard to get in my bible due to how I feel all the time.

Hard to know what to pray anymore. I just want to be able to eat and sleep and walk around, simple basic things. My faith is struggling. Did I mention I miss my son terribly. The grief I endure is overwhelming daily. I need so many prayers. I need support. If anyone is willing to call me that would be great. It feels more real to me to have a voice or body near me then texting. Thank you.

Received: October 1, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 9 times.

Chronic Joy

Dear Father,

Thank You for the prayers uttered by those who have gone before us:

Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved. (Psalms 80:3 NIV)

What a comfort to know that we are joining with the saints as we cry out for restoration! Thank You that we are not alone as we long for the shining of Your blessed face upon us. And thank You that our salvation comes from You alone. Hear our cries echoing through the ages, O God. We are looking to You, our true Lord.

In the name of Your Son, Jesus, we pray, Amen.

Received: September 29, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 34 times.

Jennifer (Jinger) McElhannon

Please pray for my marriage. So much emotional pain from hurtful words from my husband directed towards me out of anger.my heart breaks more and more.

Received: September 29, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 6 times.

Chronic Joy

Dear Father,

Thank You for giving us Your Word, helping us to know how to pray for those we love:

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,” Ephesians 1:18

Will You open our eyes to know the hope of Your calling, even as we pray for those we care about? Open our hearts to know that we have been called to a glorious inheritance with Your holy people. Remind us that the trials we face will fade away when we stand in Your presence, fully rejoicing in our inheritance with You. Thank You for the beauty of Your hope that can never be taken away.

In the name of Your son, Jesus, we pray,

Amen.

Received: September 22, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 24 times.

Cindee Snider Re

UPDATE: Chase is improving! Thank you so much for praying.

Please pray for my daughter’s boyfriend, Chase. He was seriously hurt playing college football today. Thank you!

Received: September 21, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 38 times.

Judy Sickler

I had to start on pancreas meds which is causing extreme stiffness over whole body. Mobility is worse in my thoracic spine and can hardly use right arm. Dr. appt. not for 3 weeks! Please pray the Lord heals or finds me a doctor to help sooner. Shortage of doctors here. Also still having trouble eating but trying to avoid a feeding tube.

Received: September 21, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 42 times.

Lorna

Please can you please for my husband and I, we are having an awful time. I have gone to friends for a couple of days to have a break, just needed some peace so overwhelmed with everything. My husband was ill and I was his carer, but now we are both and I have carer coming in to help me part time but my health is getting worse and have no life and little support! I am in some much pain in every way still praying, but don’t feel close to God or my husband! Been challenging marriage as husband's health and now six years. I had accident leaving me with TN, ms and vasculitis! But other little problems! Please pray as passed end of rope! Just want to go to heaven! And the pain to stop, usually positive and go outing but not any more! Please pray as don’t know what to do! Thanks

Received: September 16, 2019

#PrayerMonday 

#PrayerMonday is an invitation to pray for this ministry, for those affected by chronic physical and/or mental illness, and for each prayer request tossed into our Prayer Pond. We’ve created a Prayer Focus calendar and encourage you to sign-up and commit to praying during a specific hour – to link arms with us in bringing radical hope and compassionate change to the world through the power of prayer.

Please use the form below to sign up and commit to pray for the mission and ministry of Chronic Joy and those affected by chronic physical and/or mental illness during a specific hour. You can sign up for multiple hours if you like by filling out the form again.

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Card Ministry

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.

And it’s simple to do!

Stop by the Prayer Pond and as you read through the requests, when God tugs at your heart, pause and pray, then consider writing a note, card or letter to encourage that person too.

Or let us choose. You write the note of encouragement and we’ll choose the recipient.

Send your card to: Card Ministry, c/o Chronic Joy, 1015 Lemira Circle, Waukesha, WI 53188 and we’ll send it on for you.

Would you like to receive a note of encouragement? We invite you to sign-up, and as our mailbox fills up, we’ll forward a little love to you.

 

REQUEST A CARD

From time to time our hearts are moved to send old-school notes to those in our community. May we bless you with tangible expressions of love and community?   *US residents only.

SEND A CARD

Would you like to send a note or letter offering prayer and encouragement?  Mail your unsealed cards and letters to us and we will send them on to someone in our community.

Prayer Posts

Volunteer Prayer Pond Coordinator – Bettie Gilbert

Chronic Joy's New Volunteer Prayer Pond Coordinator   We are delighted to officially welcome Bettie Gilbert as Chronic Joy's brand new Volunteer Prayer Pond Coordinator! Bettie is a beautiful soul with a huge heart for prayer who has been with us since the very beginning. (You'll learn more of her story below.) Bettie will welcome and invite our community into prayer through Scripture,...

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We are delighted to officially welcome Bettie Gilbert to the Chronic Joy family as our brand new Volunteer Prayer Pond Coordinator!

Acquainted with Grief | Prayer Prompt

  Acquainted with Grief     Strange acquaintance for the Son of God! The brightness of glory, and the express image of the Father’s person! But He came into our world on purpose that He might know by experience all that His people had suffered; yea, all that His people deserved. He had heard of sorrow. He had seen it in others. But He had never felt it Himself. He took our nature. He...

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Acquainted with Grief | Prayer Prompt

Worship at His Footstool | Prayer Prompt

In times of distress and heartache sometimes the only thing to do is to place ourselves in humble submission before our great God.When doubt floods into our minds, there is a comfort to be found as we look away from our situation to the vastness and holiness of our Lord.But what do the words mean, here, “to worship at his footstool?”  When we look into the Barnes Notes on the Bible...

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Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy. Psalm 99:5 KJV

Prayer Books

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

Henri J.M. Nouwen

Inspired by the ancient teachings of St. Anthony and the Desert Fathers,The Way of the Heart clears before us 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).

Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation

Ruth Haley Barton

Do you long for a deep, fundamental change in your life with God? Do you desire a greater intimacy with God? Do you wonder how you might truly live your life as God created you to live it? Spiritual disciplines are activities that open us to God’s transforming love and the changes that only God can bring about in our lives. Picking up on the monastic tradition of creating a “rule of life” that allows for regular space for the practice of the spiritual disciplines, this book takes you more deeply into understanding seven key disciplines along with practical ideas for weaving them into everyday life. 

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.

The Deep Place Where Nobody Goes: Conversations with God on the Steps of My Soul

Jill Briscoe

This collection of short stories, reflections, and poems from Jill Briscoe centers on the theme of our relationship with God, and how that relationship must be our daily priority in good times and bad.

 

 

 

 

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