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 illness and 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.
“For where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them.” Matthew 18:20
But what happens when chronic pain drives you to your bed, day after day. What happens when you feel the sting of the night-time hours’ of loneliness? What happens when you have searched for answers but found none? Welcome to the world that is a much-too-common-normal for many chronic illness sufferers.
Is this world of chronic illness a place where life is stunted? Or could there be a hidden 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 what might cause us to cry out to our God for His help?
In this place of crying-out, there is a longing in our soul that rises from the deep places. The Scriptures speak of “Deep calling out to deep,” Psalm 42:7 and “Hear the voice of my supplications.” Psalm 28:2 But sometimes those vague terms can cause us to flounder in our weaknesses and set aside the call to prayer. As you long for a way to find expression for your heart-longings, join us at on the Let’s Pray page to find help and explanations of different types of Biblical prayers:
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. May He bring a fullness to your praying as you pause with Him now.
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. What an honor to realize that every time we click that button, the person who submitted the request will get an email notifying them that “Someone just prayed for you.” We can lift our prayers in the night hours, in the hot sun of noon, or at the dawn of the morning, and He 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
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!
My Mom has chronic digestive issues, interstitial cystitis (has to urinate 100 times per day), circulation problems, fibromyalgia (inflamed, aching joints), chronic back pain. She feels depressed because she cannot go anywhere without having a bathroom nearby. She feels very isolated, depressed and alone. Please pray for her healing of mind, body and spirit. Thank you.
Received: March 27, 2020
Asking for prayers for healing upond myself and my daughter. I ask for prayer for her sickness to fade away and for her to feel better. I pray for healing upon myself and patience. I pray for everyone in this world going through hard times.
Received: March 25, 2020
UPDATE on my sister-in-law, Ruth. Her first few days home from the hospital were rough as she had trouble with some meds. That's been cleared up now and as of today she is feeling better, slowly regaining strength. She has a home health care nurse check on her several times a week and also physical therapy. Please pray for continued healing and strength. Thank you!
Received: March 22, 2020
I have battled depression for an extremely long time. It includes anxiety and panic. I was stable for quiet some time, until recently coming off the medicine and having to almost immediately be put back on.
I’m grateful to God that He has His healing hands on you and I. Also, for His grace and mercy through this process. I’m asking for prayers please for His divine healing and restoration in my mind and body. It has been a rough five weeks so far trying to feel well and stable. Please also pray for a family healing.
Thank you so much and God bless you.
Received: March 20, 2020
My partner, Emma, is the most depressed I have ever seen her. I am part of the problem, so she can get no solace from me. I can only pray that this leaves her.
Please pray for her to feel better and more encouraged about the future.
Please pray for me, so that I can be the person she needs and deserves.
Received: March 18, 2020
I am dealing with health issues and have for a long time. I am stiff, achy, tired. It seems somewhat related to my hormone cycle and that’s all over the place too with it not being regular. I have tried so many things and had doctors dismiss me as just being fat. My thyroid is off and I’ve been treated but the medicine makes me sick as well so I am breaking the meds in half to try to feel better. I’m just tired and worn down from trying to lose weight and feel better, to be honest.
Received: March 16, 2020
My husband suffers from depression, is a pastor and he runs a recovery center for men in addiction. Please join me in praying for complete deliversance from this, peace and understanding for me as it often brings me down, as I don't know how to help him but to pray. Thank you.
Received: March 13, 2020
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
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 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
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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
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FREE PRAYER PRINTABLES
Christmas: Little children light up with a glow of excitement when the word is mentioned. The word itself has become a season all its own. But why is it that the word “Christmas” stirs in our hearts a longing for gathering together and rejoicing?
When we seek to cultivate a joyous sense of thankfulness, it will change everything, our hearts, our outlook, and our prayers.
I cannot wish away this pain ... cannot get away from this broken body ... But what I can do is ... turn my sickness and pain into an offering.
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).
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.
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.
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.