Prayer Pond • Your Safe Harbor for Prayer.

Prayer Pond

YOUR SAFE HARBOR FOR PRAYER 

The Prayer Pond is your safe harbor for prayer. Share prayer requests, updates, and shouts of praise.

It’s safe, secure, and always without judgment.

What a blessing was that stillness as he brought them safely into harbor! Psalm 107:30 NLT

PRAYER IS THE HEARTBEAT OF CHRONIC JOY®.

 

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.

You are invited 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, loss, joy, hope, or grief, prayer ripples beyond this day and the boundaries of our world.

We often 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 grow and thrive.

“For where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them.” Matthew 18:20

 

PRAYER POND

 

What happens when chronic pain drives us to bed day after day?

What happens when we feel the weight of loneliness?

And what happens when we’ve searched for answers, but found none?

Many of us have felt the sting of wounding in the very places we sought safety. Sadly, even as we have requested prayer, some of us have been met with words cloaked in shame, judgment, or condemnation.

At the Prayer Pond, we invite Jesus to meet our heavy hearts with His Good Word.

OUR SAVIOR IS A SAFE HARBOR

 

In Christ, we always have a safe harbor to come to just as we are.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 ESV

The old-fashioned word in the middle of the verse – supplication – simply means to humbly ask. Jesus will never turn us away. In fact, He specifically asks us to bring our requests to God. As we lift our hearts, He lifts every burden, wrapping us in peace.

Is this world of chronic illness a place where life is stunted? Or could there be a hidden gift of 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 exactly what causes us to cry out to God for help?

We believe chronic illness invites us to shelter under Christ’s outstretched wings. Jesus is present in our unrelenting pain, where His own sweet breath becomes our every prayer. For in this place of crying-out, hidden longings are lifted up to Him and the Spirit moves to intercede in and through His Presence in us.

 

EXPRESSING OUR DEEP LONGINGS IN PRAYER

 

There is a longing in our souls that rises from the deep places, of “Deep calling out to deep,” Psalm 42:7, as we long for God to, “Hear the voice of [our] supplications,” Psalm 28:2.

Sometimes those vague terms cause us to flounder and set aside His call to prayer. Yet what if this safe harbor for prayer is also a safe harbor to learn how to pray, to express the vague and unnamed feelings lingering in our hearts?

 

Want to Learn More?

Join us at the Let’s Pray page, a safe and inviting harbor to explore a breadth and depth of prayer.

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Share Your Prayer Requests at the Prayer Pond

You’re invited to share your prayer requests in a judgment-free zone. While we love to pray for you by name, we’ve included an anonymous option, because we understand that sometimes just the effort to share a request is vulnerable and hard.

At Chronic Joy®, you are prayed for, and every request is prayed over. If you share your address with us (which is always kept confidential) we would love to send you a note of encouragement.

Before you leave the Prayer Pond, please #PrayItForward by lifting others’ requests. When you click the “I PRAYED FOR THIS” button, the requester will get an email saying, “Someone just prayed for you.” What an honor to love and serve one another in prayer!

Whenever we pray – on sleepless nights, in the heat of the day, or as dawn breaks on a new day, God 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 

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.

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 26 times.

Anonymous

I have a dear friend who is very discouraged. She has ongoing medical expenses that are very costly, the bills are iling up an they're feeling very overwhelmed an rather despaired. Pray that they can trust God to meet their needs in His time His way an bring all honor an glory to Him.

Received: December 1, 2020

I prayed for this

Prayed for 28 times.

Anonymous

Hi, I am having a serious flare with severe insomnia. The great news is that my younger son is coming home on Saturday. Could you please pray for release from this flare and that I would be well enough to be a blessing to my son and to get the things done that I want to for the holidays? Thank you so much!

Received: December 1, 2020

I prayed for this

Prayed for 24 times.

Terri

My family is in quarantine due to covid virus. I'm asking for God to heal us, and protect us. I am so grateful to Him that I am so much better than I would have expected, with health issues and all. He is so great. I am thankful for His presence and teaching and love in our lives. May God bless everyone who is affected by covid in themselves, or in a loved one. I join everyone in praying He will remove it from the whole earth.

Received: November 30, 2020

I prayed for this

Prayed for 23 times.

kimberly Allstun

My name is Kimberly. Please pray for me I have severe fears being in social situations that has recently started. I want it gone. Please pray for my happiness and joy. Please pray my family all get along well and I feel I belong. Please pray I feel more comfortable living at my sister's house, being around her large family. Pray for mom and dad's health and addiction in the family. I have recently choose to walk away from drugs. Pray I get this job . Pray I get up early in the mornings

Received: November 29, 2020

I prayed for this

Prayed for 17 times.

Larry

My wife, Karen, has been my caregiver from 2002-2003 and 2009 to present. She has often neglected her needs, concerns, and desires. In 2008 we planned to visit our son, daughter in law and two grand children in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada for birthdays, annaversaries and vacation. When my health deteruated and we couldn't travel our plans vanished. It is felt on Christmas, New Years, Thansgiving when we hosted large family gatherings. Karen and I are praying for all the caregivers.

Received: November 28, 2020

I prayed for this

Prayed for 10 times.

Bettie Gilbert

This is an update for the prayer request about my daughter Rebecca. She had her 2 week post-op doctor appointment, and he felt things were great. The cyst they removed from her lung was actually the size of a softball. Praise God for his protection all these years. Please pray for her recovery as the pain could last several more months. Thank you so much.

Received: November 27, 2020

I prayed for this

Prayed for 16 times.

Kristine

Thank you everyone that prayed for me for the surgery on both my hands. Everything went well. My stitches came off yesterday. I am slowly healing. It was very comforting to me that I was being prayed for. Praise God

Received: November 25, 2020

I prayed for this

Prayed for 13 times.

Larry Miller

Before corona, I was coaching, mentoring, and discipline 18-35-year-old men who have been diagnosed with a mental illness, a record of drug or alcohol abuse, & one or more suicide attempts. These men were kicked out of their family, house, high school, church & just released from our county jail. Because of the corona, I have not met with them & several of the men have relapsed, & now homeless & discouraged, anxious, or depressed. With Thanksgiving & Christmas, I'm concerned. Please pray.

Received: November 19, 2020

I prayed for this

Prayed for 11 times.

Larry Miller

I'm blessed, grateful, & thankful for CJ ministry. Every time I learn that someone has prayed for me or I receive a card a piece of my heart is healed. Every time I read your blog, newsletter, a quotation about suffering and.joy my body, mind and spirit is.enriched. Your ministry has radically transformed my understanding of the Bible.with respect to suffering and joy. Your quotation "suffering and joy are two strands of a single fiber" turned & continues to

turn my thinking on my head.

Received: November 19, 2020

I prayed for this

Prayed for 28 times.

Debbi

I would appreciate prayers for my ongoing health issues, especially significant lower back pain.

Thanks,

Debbi

Received: November 16, 2020

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 • You Get Mail!

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

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Free Prayer Printables

Prayer Prompt Guide

Prayer Prompt Guide

Chronic Joy® Prayer Prompts are an invitation to take one gentle step, to pray in a comforting and familiar or perhaps new-to-you way, or to cry out on behalf of one precious life today … maybe even yours.

Prayer is...

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Prayer Posts

Heart Longings at Christmas • Prayer Prompts

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?

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Heart Longings at Christmas • Prayer Prompts

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).

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Beside Still Waters: Words of Comfort for the Soul

Beside Still Waters: Words of Comfort for the Soul

Charles H. Spurgeon

This devotional is an inspired collection of Scripture-based readings that offer daily encouragement for dealing with illness, loss, depression, anxiety, and other personal problems.

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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.

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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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