Prayer is the heartbeat of Chronic Joy Ministry.
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!
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,
Received: September 15, 2019
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
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,
Received: September 8, 2019
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
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
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
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,
Received: September 1, 2019
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 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
Would you join us in praying together this week?
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,
Received: August 25, 2019
#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.
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.
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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.
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