Prayer Ministry

Prayer Pond

Prayer is the heartbeat of Chronic Joy Ministry.

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. That’s why we extend a warm 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.

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 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 29 times.

Gayl Wright

UPDATE on my sister-in-law, Ruth. She went home from the hospital yesterday, so she is doing much better. She still needs to regain strength and continue healing, but we are so thankful she has come this far. Many thanks to you who have prayed and especially thanks to our Lord and Savior.

Received: March 12, 2020

I prayed for this

Prayed for 25 times.

Bettie Gilbert

Truly, I have felt your prayers over these past few weeks. Tomorrow, I begin the first of my new RA infusions. This is almost exactly one year after my last RA infusion that failed terribly. Will you pray that my heart will stay trusting the Lord and His great care and that this new medication will be received by my body? Thank you so much.

Received: March 12, 2020

I prayed for this

Prayed for 37 times.


I have a recurrence of cancer and need to make a lot of decisions regarding treatment and other life issues. I have other chronic illnesses, as well. I am also a part-time caregiver for a loved one with dementia. I need God's guidance and peace during this stressful , uncertain time. Thank you.

Received: March 11, 2020

I prayed for this

Prayed for 16 times.

Gayl Wright

UPDATE on my sister-in-law, Ruth. She is now in a regular room and is better, though still quite weak. She isn't able to eat much yet. But she felt better enough to want to walk a little in the hallway. Please pray for her husband, Gary, as this is taking a toll on him, too. He needs to make sure he also cares for himself to get rest and eat when he needs to. Pray for wisdom for him and for others to chip in and help. We would if we could but we live 10 hrs away from them. Thank you so much for your prayers.

Received: March 7, 2020

I prayed for this

Prayed for 13 times.

Gayl Wright

LATEST UPDATE ON Ruth, my sister-in-law

Gary, her husband, called this morning and said she was taken off the ventilator yesterday and was able to ingest some broth. But there is a secondary problem which they said is very common when a person has been immobile. She has developed a blood clot in her left ventricle and they are working to clear that now. Thank you for your prayers and thoughts.

Received: March 5, 2020

I prayed for this

Prayed for 10 times.

Gayl Wright

Update on my sister-in-law, Ruth. She has been stable since late last night. Still on a ventilator. Her husband said she's not any worse this morning but not better either. So I guess she is still stable. Last night the doctor said the next 24 hours would be critical.

Received: March 3, 2020

I prayed for this

Prayed for 13 times.

Gayl Wright

UPDATE to an earlier request. My sister-in-law, Ruth, is now on a ventilator, because they felt she was too weak to make it through the night without it. Please pray for her and the family. Thank you.

Received: March 2, 2020

I prayed for this

Prayed for 15 times.

Gayl Wright

My sister-in-law, Ruth, went into the hospital Friday night with pneumonia in both lungs. She is being given oxygen and antibiotics but has seen no improvement. This morning she was moved to the Intensive Care unit. Please pray for healing, for wisdom for the medical team, for comfort and peace for Ruth and her husband, Gary. Thank you so much.

Received: March 2, 2020

I prayed for this

Prayed for 20 times.


I am so thankful that God was with me today as I started back on the road of medication treatments again, after many medication failures. Today it was an infusion for Osteoporosis, and 2 weeks from today I begin RA infusions. Would you pray that I keep allowing the Lord to replace my fear with His courage? Thank you so much!

Received: February 28, 2020

I prayed for this

Prayed for 36 times.



I have a close friend whose 8 year old daughter just relapsed with her second round of aggressive form of cancer. I am asking for many prayers to heal this young girl. I am also asking for prayers of strength, courage, and faith for her and her family during this journey. They have so much fear and my hope is it is replaced with faith.

Thank you.

Received: February 27, 2020

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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“Today, see each problem as an invitation to prayer.” John Ortberg

As God invites you into prayer, encourage a dear one with a #PenToPaper note of encouragement. Tuck this FREE Prayer Guide in the envelope.


“… prayer is my place of surrender.” Brenda Bradfort Ottinger

Prayer is… Explore many inspiring quotes about the mystery of prayer. As you pray send a little #PenToPaper prayer to those God puts on your heart. Tuck this FREE Prayer is… printable in the envelope.

Prayer Posts

Praising in the Midst of Our Pain

Praise Rising Have you ever looked outside, breathed in the fresh air of God’s touch, and suddenly felt praise rising up from some unknown place inside you? Have you ever seen beauty that takes your breath away or felt another kind of praise overwhelming the dark places of your pain? There is...


Praising in the midst of pain

Creation: Our Lord has Shown Himself Strong for Us

Do you ever feel that this world, our world, is spinning off its axis? If you have received an email or card mailed to you this month from the Chronic Joy Prayer Pond, you might have received this verse included with your note: “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.”...


The Lord is with us

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).


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? Spiritual disciplines are activities that open us to God's transforming love and the changes that only God can bring about in our lives. Dive deeply into understanding seven key disciplines along with practical ideas for weaving them into everyday life.


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.


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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