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!
I'm 80 and have suffered from Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) since 2002. AS is a chronic inflammatory disease that primarily affects the spine. It has involved other parts of my body, such as my shoulders, hips, knees, neck, pelvis, eyes (uveitis 2016) heart (2 strokes 2019 and 2020) , lungs (collapsed lung (2016), spinal fusion (2010, 2012, 2014, 2015). I have a wonderful wife and son and his family. Karen and I will celebrate our 56th wedding anniversary12/19/2020. Thank you for your prayers.
Received: September 13, 2020
praying for this anxiety episode to end soon. Im tired and its draining. I feel bad for my family who have to constantly reassure me. I want to be back at my normal place. I am blessed and I know that I am. I want to feel so. Thank you for your prayers.
Received: September 12, 2020
I have Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction and IBS and have good and bad times with it. Recently though I have had flares and depression has been hitting me, as well as fear of getting worse and being a burden on others. Sometimes I just wish I didn't have to live with it. Please pray for acceptance, emotional resilience and God's presence to be strong with me. Thank you so much!
Received: September 6, 2020
Could you please pray for my friend Sherry who has multiple chronic illnesses. Her doctor wants to test her for leukemia and other things that Sherry doesn't even want to know about as she is so stressed from it. Please pray for good results, that there would be no leukemia and thst Sherry would have peace and rest. Thank you so much.
Received: September 3, 2020
We are visiting my younger son for the weekend for the first time since last Christmas due to covid. Please pray for a blessed family time, that God would strengthen family bonds and that He would ne at the center of everything we do. Thank you so much!!!
Received: September 3, 2020
Hi! I just sent an e-mail to my church about starting a chronic illness small group or community. I'm a little apprehensive about their response, but they are usually open to new ideas. If you could pray for God to do a great thing with all of this, that would be great! Thanks so much!!
Received: September 3, 2020
Please pray for me. I am in so much pain and the new therapy isn’t getting me out of it. My husband is angry and giving up on me.
It makes me want to give up.
I’m discouraged, sad, and don’t want to keep fighting and failing. Can’t sleep at night and have no life or joy, Just disappointments one after another. Very sad life..
need Jesus to answer
Received: August 28, 2020
I have had a very long journey with health issues. Over thirty years. Thankfully known Jesus the entire time. Have had a rough 2 weeks. Feeling weary.
Please pray my trust in Father God will remain as I fiercely cling to Him. I’m very grateful for the Body of Christ. I don’t have family. Very grateful for the people in my life.
Thank you for praying.
Received: August 27, 2020
Please pray for my cousin with severe brain tumor. He is only 35 with 2 years old son. Thank you.
Received: August 26, 2020
Thank you for your generosity & praying for me! I felt the love of strangers and this community ️
Received: August 24, 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
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.
Prayer prompts with Scriptures that lead us in praying for peace. Jesus brings us true peace as we pray to Him.
Those of us who walk this chronic illness pathway share a fellowship we may not have known had we remained healthy. We share in the deep comfort of Christ.
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.