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 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.

Larry Miller

I'm 79, male, married almost 55 years, diagnosed with degenerative disc disease 2002, sleep apnea 2010, uveitis secondary ankylosing spondylitis 2012, opioid-induced mood disorder (2017), after my pain management physicians, prescribed high levels of oral morphine for 15 years for chronic pain, and congestive heart failure 2017. Last night was the 3rd night in the last 5 nights that I was up all night. When I don't get my sleep my chronic pain, nausea, fatigue, shortness of breath, depression, and anxiety increase exponentially. I was bedridden in 2002, 2003, worked 2005-2008 and forced to retire in 2009. Henri Nouwen and Scripture say that I'm/we're chosen, blessed, broken, given and called to live my/our life with deep inner joy and peace. I volunteer coach and mentor adolescents who have been diagnosed with one or more chronic diseases, attempted suicide one or more times and been in jail one or more times. Pray that I will be able to get more restorative sleep so I can resume my ministry. Thank you for your encouragement and prayers.

Thank God for Google and Chronic-Joy. I'm planning to start an online support group for adolescents suffering from chronic pain, chronic illness (invisible) and/or mental illness (opioid-induced) in January 2020 using your material. PS I inadvertently deleted my initial request.

Received: October 29, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 5 times.

Bettie Gilbert

I am having a small cyst removed from my eyelid this week at my Ophthalmologist's office. Could I ask you to pray that there would not be any side effects or reactions? My body reacts so easily to medications, and just 2 weeks ago, I had an allergic reaction to the cleansing wash that was used in preparation for a nerve block. Thank you for all of your prayers.

Received: October 27, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 8 times.

Chronic Joy

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for teaching us how to pray:

“Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:9-13

Thank You for showing us that we can lift up each need in our lives to You, and You will hear us. Lord, we admit that on some days our needs feel too heavy and too many to even be voiced. Help us to lay them before you, and to receive Your daily bread. Thank You that Your Kingdom will come, and Your perfect will be done in our lives. Help us to trust You, our Holy Lord.

In Your name we pray,


Received: October 21, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 9 times.

Chronic Joy

Dear Father,

Thank you for those that You have given us to love:

"I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers." Ephesians 1:16

Thank you for their lives. Thank you for the ways that they have impacted our lives. And now we lift them before You, and ask that You would meet every need that weighs them down. Carry our loved ones through their hard days. Stir their hearts to be filled with thanksgiving for Your love also. We are flooded with the joy of being able to pray for those we love.

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


Received: October 13, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 9 times.

Chronic Joy

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for the new life that you have brought to us:

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Oh, help us during the days when we feel so weary and worn to remember that You have created us anew. Help us to lift our prayers for those we love to know the new life that is given from You also. Thank You for the washing clean that You have brought to us, the new way of living that You have won for us, and the new creation that You have woven into the deep places of our heart. Praise You for Your gift of life.

In Your name we pray,


Received: October 6, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 46 times.


Really struggling. Have a lot of dx’s that have no cures. Severe Tmj (need surgery but not healthy enough becuz I can barely eat) mast cell activation syndrome, pots, mold sickness, gut issues (no dx yet as my body can’t handle a colonoscopy) EDS, most recent probable endometriosis,

Also am at sensitive to foods, chemicals, drugs, ect. Losing weight quick, blood markers showing immune system is struggling, can barely eat, Gi issues getting worse, chronic pain 24/7, barely sleep, lost my job, apartment, ability to take care of my son and am having to live at home where I deal with an addict and verbal abuse, I have little to no support emotionally or physically, I feel far from God, all I know to do is pray and cry, but things only get worse it seems, have a hard time trusting him in all this, fear grips me all the time, have been given no hope, scared of dying, I need reunited with my husband, we have been looking for a safe house for me since last winter, we got separated due to mold, ive never recovered from it and it’s been found where I’m living as well, I’m going thru a dark deep depression and despair along with fear and loneliness. I feel like I’m dying a slow death, I fear that I won’t be with Jesus when I go. I miss my son. Where I am there aren’t drs that deal with complex cases like mine. Idk what to do or say anymore. People think I’m crazy and don’t believe me. My marriage has gotten tougher the worse I get and the longer we are separated from not being able to find a house due to the market. We can just move anywhere becuz my husband still has 2 kids to tend to and a job. I can’t drive myself places like to farther away drs becuz my chronic pain is so bad. Been dealing with intense symptoms the last few weeks with one trip to the Er becuz my bowels weren’t moving, still having issues, on a really restricted diet and I can’t eat much so I need help, I only get my husband’s help twice a month for a few days at a time, he just left yesterday, I’m a mess emotionally. I see visions of my death all the time and it’s scary and makes me break down in tears. I’m tormented I feel like by demons day in and day out, have nightmares when I am able to sleep, memory is very bad, trouble breathing quite a bit, no peace, just fear and despair and hopelessness all the time. I need support. I feel abandoned by God. Didn’t come to him til much later in life. It’s hard to get in my bible due to how I feel all the time.

Hard to know what to pray anymore. I just want to be able to eat and sleep and walk around, simple basic things. My faith is struggling. Did I mention I miss my son terribly. The grief I endure is overwhelming daily. I need so many prayers. I need support. If anyone is willing to call me that would be great. It feels more real to me to have a voice or body near me then texting. Thank you.

Received: October 1, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 9 times.

Chronic Joy

Dear Father,

Thank You for the prayers uttered by those who have gone before us:

Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved. (Psalms 80:3 NIV)

What a comfort to know that we are joining with the saints as we cry out for restoration! Thank You that we are not alone as we long for the shining of Your blessed face upon us. And thank You that our salvation comes from You alone. Hear our cries echoing through the ages, O God. We are looking to You, our true Lord.

In the name of Your Son, Jesus, we pray, Amen.

Received: September 29, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 39 times.

Jennifer (Jinger) McElhannon

Please pray for my marriage. So much emotional pain from hurtful words from my husband directed towards me out of heart breaks more and more.

Received: September 29, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 6 times.

Chronic Joy

Dear Father,

Thank You for giving us Your Word, helping us to know how to pray for those we love:

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,” Ephesians 1:18

Will You open our eyes to know the hope of Your calling, even as we pray for those we care about? Open our hearts to know that we have been called to a glorious inheritance with Your holy people. Remind us that the trials we face will fade away when we stand in Your presence, fully rejoicing in our inheritance with You. Thank You for the beauty of Your hope that can never be taken away.

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


Received: September 22, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 24 times.

Cindee Snider Re

UPDATE: Chase is improving! Thank you so much for praying.

Please pray for my daughter’s boyfriend, Chase. He was seriously hurt playing college football today. Thank you!

Received: September 21, 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.

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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. 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.  


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.)


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.) 


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.)




“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

Praying: Our Savior, Jesus, Teaches Us How to Pray

Praying When we truly face the shape of our hearts, we can be overwhelmed by the lack that we feel. Sinful, weak, and weary are thoughts that easily come to mind as we carry such weights from our days. But we have a Father who loved us so deeply that He sent His Son to be our Savior in those weakest places. Our Savior felt every weakness we have ever faced, and took them all to the cross for...

Lord, teach us to pray.

Lifting Shame in our Praying

Anxiety and Shame in Chronic Illness   The day was sunny and beautiful as we drove into the parking lot, but I did not feel much beauty in my heart. In fact, sudden tears rose unbidden to the surface as the medical center came into view. I had been to this same parking lot many times in the past year, but I had carefully kept my back turned to the door that led to the Infusion Center....

Lent | Jesus, Our Savior

Lenten Season   The Season of Lent is a time of pausing and reflecting about what our Lord Jesus has won for us: New Life in God, the salvation of our souls! Every year we come around to this time again, pondering the weight of what Jesus bore for us. He gave His life so that we might live. Some faith traditions ask us to think of ways we can fast from our own wants to make the pausing...

Lenten Season - Jesus, Our Savior

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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