Prayer Ministry

Prayer Pond

Prayer is the heartbeat of Chronic Joy Ministry.

 
Welcome to the Chronic Joy Ministry 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 every Monday is #PrayerMonday, 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. 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.

You are invited to share your prayer request(s) and/ or praise(s) 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 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 32 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 33 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 36 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

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

#PrayerMonday 

#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.

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Card Ministry

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.

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.

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.  

CARD MINISTRY

Sign-up to receive special mailings from us. You are our community and we would love to bless you with beautiful images, encouragement for your day, and the opportunity to inspire others. (Limited international delivery.)

CARD MINISTRY FOR TEENS & YA

Teens and 20-somethings would you be blessed to receive cards in the mail? Encouraging and inspiring #PenToPaper snail mail and other fun printed materials can find their way to your mailbox. Sign-up today!  (It’s safe and secure.) 

CARD MINISTRY FOR CHILDREN

CJ Star wants kids to know just how much they are loved by Jesus. Would your child be blessed to receive cards in the mail? SIGN UP today. (It’s safe and secure.)

 

Prayer Posts

Be Strong and Take Heart

Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress;    my eyes grow weak with sorrow,    my soul and body with grief. My life is consumed by anguish    and my years by groaning;my strength fails because of my affliction,    and my bones grow weak.    I am the utter contempt of my neighborsand an object of dread to my closest friends—    those who see me on the street flee from me.  I am forgotten...

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.

Prayer Prompts | Refuge: Finding God’s Upholding Strength

Refuge Support, sustain, uphold, carry: what do these words all have in common? Aren’t they words that speak about something that is weak, something that is small, something that needs to be held?  There are so many times in the journey with chronic illness when we are left feeling the depth of our smallness. Sometimes the temptation is to fight against that, to be the strong one who can...

Refuge: Finding God’s Upholding Strength

Prayer Prompt | Dwelling: A Place Where People Live

Dwell The Cambridge English Dictionary gives us that simple definition for the word dwelling: a place where people live. And yet, we each also dwell within these physical forms--our human bodies that are inherently lonely. No one else can feel the precise emotions we feel. No other person can hear the words that rumble around in our minds. There is not another one who can feel the exact pain...

Prayer Prompt - Dwelling - A Place Where People Live

Prayer Books

The Way of the Heart: Connecting with God Through Prayer, Wisdom, and Silence

Henri J.M. Nouwen

Inspired by the ancient teachings of St. Anthony and the Desert Fathers,The Way of the Heart clears before us 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? Do you wonder how you might truly live your life as God created you to live it? Spiritual disciplines are activities that open us to God’s transforming love and the changes that only God can bring about in our lives. Picking up on the monastic tradition of creating a “rule of life” that allows for regular space for the practice of the spiritual disciplines, this book takes you more deeply into understanding seven key disciplines along with practical ideas for weaving them into everyday life. 

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.

The Deep Place Where Nobody Goes: Conversations with God on the Steps of My Soul

Jill Briscoe

This collection of short stories, reflections, and poems from Jill Briscoe centers on the theme of our relationship with God, and how that relationship must be our daily priority in good times and bad.

 

 

 

 

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