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 11 times.

Bettie G

Thank you all for praying for my recent MRI. Praise God, It came back clear! So my Neurologist released me for physical therapy for the occipital neuralgia, beginning this Tuesday. I would appreciate prayer that I would have the strength to maintain that therapy. I also appreciate continued prayer for my sister-in-law who is undergoing a second round of chemo for breast cancer. Thank you all so much!

Received: August 25, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 3 times.

Chronic Joy

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for being our great High Priest, the One who has opened the way to the Father:

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.” Hebrews 4:15

Thank You for fully understanding our weaknesses. Thank You for seeing the weights that drag us down and cause us to feel like giving up. Oh, but thank You for not giving up on us! Thank You for bringing us Your own heart so that we could continue to pray and to love in the same ways that You have. Help us now to offer our impossible prayers to You and to cling to You our great High Priest.

In Your name, we pray,


Received: August 19, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 32 times.


I'm grateful to ask for prayer from my fellow subjects of Christ.

I have generalized dystonia which affects every voluntary muscle in my body. It causes tremendous pain as muscles enter into full spasm with no way to get them to release fully.

I'm thankful to God for giving me a wonderful neurologist who applies botox-- what I call Blessed Poison--to some of my neck and foot muscles with great skill. It has allowed me to straighten up and walk, my favorite activity in the world.

With injections every 3 months, I've just come through the worst period physically that I've had since I began injections 4 years ago. I got my botox yesterday, and am already getting relief of the most knotted up major muscles--praise God.

All is well with my soul, and the request I ask you all to lift up is for deep relief, just for this 3 month period. It's gotten very hard to stand the pain and immobility, and I'd like some release.

Also, please feel free to offer up great heaping praise to God because He really does hear our prayers, adds to them with groans we can't understand, and lives forever to intercede for us. We are saints! Holy And dearly beloved!

Hang on everyone. You are prayed for, and God honors this. Never forget you are dearly loved by God Almighty, and you will be raised on That Great Day.

Received: August 14, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 5 times.

Chronic Joy

Dear Father,

Thank You for the promise that echoes through time for us:

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.

Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. (Psalm 143:8)

When the darkness of night envelops our hearts, will You stir trust in us to wait for the morning of Your unfailing love? Thank You that the night cannot cover up Your light, for the morning will always come. Help us to lift our eyes to You when we cannot see the way ahead. We lift our prayers to You now and entrust our very lives to You today.

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


Received: August 12, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 36 times.


I struggle with food addiction. I really need to lose some weight and get healthier as I have arthritis in my knees and feet and the extra weight is adding stress. Pray that I can overcome this battle, eat healthier, and overcome my food issues. Thank you. Kathi

Received: August 6, 2019

This prayer has been answered!

Prayed for 15 times.

Bettie G

Thank you for all who have prayed for me in my search for a new Rheumatologist. I think the Lord may have led me to an understanding and compassionate Rheumatologist, who also referred me to a Neurologist for further testing. I am scheduled for an MRI of the brain this Thursday, August 8. I so appreciate prayers for that, as we try to look further into why my body has not accepted any of the RA meds.

Received: August 4, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 7 times.

Chronic Joy

Would you join us as we pray this week?

Dear Lord,

Thank You that You see the weakness that we feel, and You are aware of the anxieties that overwhelm our hearts:

“When I said, ‘My foot is slipping,’

your unfailing love, LORD, supported me.

When anxiety was great within me,

your consolation brought me joy.” Psalm 94:18-19

Oh, Father, thank You that You hear our cries, and You send Your unfailing love to support our stumbling feet. Thank You that You don’t leave us in our fears and anxieties, but You bring us Your own consolations. So, Lord, we lift up those we love today, and ask for Your consolation to cover their anxieties also. We pray for those who feel that they cannot take another step without stumbling. May Your unfailing love support them even now. Our praises rise to You as we rest in Your deep heart of love.

In the name of Jesus we pray,


Received: August 4, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 28 times.

Gail G.

I wanted to thank God again for answering my need for a new air purifier. I'm so thankful that He provided someone to buy it for me. it was delivered last Friday. Also, I have been in need for a new room heater for winter. It had to be stainless steel and no paint on it. There is only 1 company that makes the type I need and it is $1,000. I was so blessed the other day when my cousin offered to buy me a brand new one and it's being shipped to me for delivery on Monday!!! wow, I'm so grateful! I have been through long trials of needs not being met and I'm so grateful God for providing these needs. thanks everyone for your prayers!

Received: August 3, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 28 times.


I wrote a note a few weeks ago, and from he bottom of my heart I want to THANK those of you who have prayed for me. I am touched that people I don't even know have prayed for me and whoever you are, please feel my gratitude to you. I feel a little hope some days but don't feel a huge breakthrough yet, but I do FEEL the prayers and I keep asking Jesus for HOPE. My husband and I especially need hope to trust Jesus for financial stress this has placed on us, after all these years of chronic and all those surgeries..there has never been a break medically. But HOPE is a powerful thing and so again, I want to THANK those of you who prayed and I want you to know that I am also whispering prayers for the other requests that have been submitted. ~ Anna

Received: August 1, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 38 times.


I have various autoimmune conditions that are flaring up. I also have a daughter who feels ill regularly but doctors have not found out why. Please pray for endurance and encouragement for us both. Thank you!

Received: July 29, 2019

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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

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.  


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 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.) 


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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 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).


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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