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 5 times.

Chronic Joy

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for showing us how to live and for giving us such words of blessing:

“Looking at his disciples, he said:

“Blessed are you who are poor,

for yours is the kingdom of God.” Luke 6:20

Help us to see that on the days we feel so poor and weak—it is right here that we have been given Your very own kingdom! Help us to lift our weaknesses to You so that You can bring Your words of life into our days. Show us how we can pray for those we care about, that they might see Your kingdom also. We praise You today for bringing the kingdom of God to us.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

Received: September 15, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 35 times.

Kathy K

Hello Prayer Partners,

I started this summer hoping to be ready to look for work by now. I had several "good" days over several weeks this summer, but now the pain and fatigue is increasing. I did apply to some jobs, but because my 30 years of experience is 8 years in the past, I have been passed over. Now I feel I'm not ready to commit to even part-time office work because my days are so unpredictable. I've been in counseling, and that has helped my mental health improve tremendously, thank the Lord! But in asking and waiting on God for his leading, I've realized it is OK for me to not work right now and try to address the pain and fatigue without extra stress of a new job. I get SSDI, and my only daughter is very willing to help me meet my expenses and does not harbor any resentment about it. I have SO very much to be grateful for, which I pray and thank God for multiple times a day. I need His help and your prayers so I will adjust to this slower-paced season of life, because I had been a DO-ER. I guess at 64, it is OK to slow down now and be still and know God. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers!

Received: September 10, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 6 times.

Bettie Gilbert

Dear Lord,

Thank You for the plans that You have spoken over us:

“Even to your old age and gray hairs

I am he, I am he who will sustain you.

I have made you and I will carry you;

I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” Isaiah 46:4

We praise You for creating us and for carrying us from birth. Thank You that only You truly sustain and rescue us. Help us today in these places where we are weak and feel the weight of our years creeping up on us. Help our loved ones who are struggling to see Your sustaining and rescuing in their lives. Will You carry them even as we ask You to carry us too? We love You our dear rescuer.

In the name of Jesus we pray,

Amen

Received: September 8, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 31 times.

Gail Godwin

Hi, everyone. The last week has been filled with situations that I've had a very hard time dealing with and would appreciate your prayers.

1. My car battery died. only 15 months old. Thankfully, It was still under warranty so was replaced free. But I'm not able to leave my house because of severe allergies so the exposures in the store have kept me feeling sick and in bed.

2. My room air conditioner died and it was only 1 year old. Here, in Florida, you can't live without A/C in summer. Thankfully. I had already purchased another room air conditioner which was outgassing. So my friend installed it but all of the new plastic was making me so sick. I have severe allergy to plastic. I figured out how to use it without plastic front and covered the foam openings with aluminum foil which has diminished the new smells.

3. I went to wash clothes and my washer tub had terrible moldy smell in it. I tried to wash clothes but now all my clothes have a moldy smell on them and nothing I've used to clean them is getting rid of the smell. Thankfully, I have a few shorts and shirts that weren't washed and I can wear. I've tried using products that were recommended to get rid of mold smell but none have worked. I need a solution of this mold problem.

Anyway, God has helped me deal with these situations but I'm so weak physically from lack of food still and have to stay in bed a lot. Thanks for your support and prayers. Gail

Received: September 8, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 15 times.

Bettie Gilbert

Please pray for my friend Gayl and her young adult son, Stephen. He is in the hospital, being treated for an enlarged heart from complications associated with His Muscular Dystrophy. Just today he came down with a dangerous infection, cDiff. Please pray he will respond to treatment for both this infection and the heart difficulties.

Received: September 8, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 33 times.

Anonymous

Please pray for my son with chronic health and mental health issues. We have been trying many things without much improvement. I am praying for Gods guidance through this and asking him for revelation and purpose. Please pray for our family through this ordeal and hope in his healing spirit.

Received: September 2, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 3 times.

Chronic Joy

Dear Lord,

We praise You for calling us into Your family as Your sons and daughters:

“Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’ So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.” Galatians 4:6-7

Thank You that we can cry out our deepest longings to You, our intimate and dear Father. Open our eyes to see the beauty of the life of Your Son, Jesus, given for us, so that we too could call You our Abba, Daddy. May we lift every request to You, and trust that You hear us because we are Your children. Lift our hearts away from cowering before You as a slave, to joyfully embrace Your nearness here. Help us to lift our prayers and our love up to You, our own Heavenly Father.

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

Amen.

Received: September 1, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 34 times.

Ashley

For Stacey: to overcome strongholds, bitterness, anger, nicotine, and restoration for her marriage.

For Ashley: for her house to sell, finances, and protection.

Received: August 28, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 37 times.

Anna

I have had some days where I've had some hope and I want to thank each one of you who prayed for me. It had meant everything to me!! I got through the last 3 recent surgeries now, am facing another one today (August 26th) which will be a painful and lengthy recovery. This makes surgery # 38. As you know, when you are already living with chronic, it harder to recover from surgeries too. But I told my husband today, I will face this courageously, and so will he. He's been amazing though it all and I am very blessed. But it's been really tough for both of us --a harder year then most. I guess all the years of chronic caught up to us (many of you know how that feels) But we will just let Jesus hold us. He has gotten us through all the other surgeries, and will be there for us today as well. Thank you again for praying. May the Lord bless you for your kindness. Hugs, Anna

Received: August 26, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 8 times.

Chronic Joy

Would you join us in praying together this week?

Dear Lord,

We come before You today, admitting that we are crying out along with the Psalmist:

“My eyes are ever on the LORD,

for only he will release my feet from the snare.” Psalm 35:15

There are so many ways that we feel trapped within our places of illness and struggles. We are praying for our dear ones who also feel trapped. Will You help us to keep our eyes fixed on You, the only Worthy King. Will You show us that You alone know the way to bring rescue. We are waiting upon You here. Thank You that You are faithful to bring us release and rescue in Your own way.

In the name of Jesus, we pray,

Amen.

Received: August 25, 2019

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.  

ADULTS

We would love to bless you with inspiring images, encouraging words, and an opportunity to share a little #PenToPaper love with others. Sign-up today to receive your own beautifully-designed, free, snail mail packets. (*Limited international delivery.)

TEENS & YA

Teens and young adults, 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.) 

CHILDREN

CJ Star and the Sunshine Squad want kids to know just how much they are loved by Jesus. Bright, engaging characters bring laughter, delight, and sunshine to an even difficult day. SIGN-UP your child (and their siblings) today. (Safe and secure.) 

FREE PRAYER PRINTABLES

INVITATION TO PRAYER

“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...

“… 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 something to be said for the hollow place inside us that's made to worship the One who made us. After...

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.” Psalm 46:7 It is a verse that has been on repeat in my heart through these many weeks of turmoil. While...

The Lord is with us

Someone Just Prayed for You in the Midst of the Hard

Someone just prayed for you.   The hour was late, and I was feeling the weight of pain as I rushed to get ready to leave. Yet another medication, along with the disease itself, had caused strange side effects for me. But this time, the on-call nurse told me to get into the ER as soon as I could. This particular reaction was one to be taken very seriously. I sent off a few quick prayer...

Someone just prayed for you.

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).

LEARN MORE.

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.

LEARN MORE.

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.

LEARN MORE.

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.

LEARN MORE.

 

 

 

 

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