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!
Please pray for my sister Julie and her husband Mark, who has fought a hard battle with leukemia and bone marrow cancer. After months of chemo, he and the donor (his son) had been cleared for a bone marrow transplant in June. But 2 days ago, Mark experienced a sudden and devastating downturn. Today, the hospital has released him into hospice homecare. They have two children and a granddaughter. Pray for meaningful family time together, and that God will draw the family closer to Him through this tender time of saying goodbyes. Pray also for assurance of Salvation.
Received: May 21, 2020
In Oregon we are in stay home/stay safe until July 6th. We have been in this mode since March 8th. I missing family & friends so much. My anxiety is very high. I am unmotivated and teary. Please pray for peace and strength to get through the next month and a half with peace & calmness. Thank you
Received: May 19, 2020
Prayer request for our marriage there was infidelity we are both hurting. We have separated. Pray for our restoration of our union. Pray for god to lead us both and restore our hearts. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Received: May 17, 2020
I am having yet another allergic reaction to a medication. This time it's to the sedative given before today's MRI. Would you pray it calms down so that I don't have to go to the ER? And that I would give my treatment into God's hands again, for however long HE says this process must last? Thank you so much.
Received: May 15, 2020
Please pray that God is merciful to my age, sicknesses and life long integrity to God and that He Helps me against daily attacks and frustrations to be Strong In The Lord and the Power Of His Might. In Jesus Name
Received: May 13, 2020
Please remember our son Johann 19 years old, blind. He suffered seizures past two years; after they stopped the aggression began. He was the sweetest most gentle of us five at home; now everyday is a struggle. New medicines have partially helped; yet behaviour varies. Do pray for strength, healing and wisdom for each of us at home. Thankyou.
Received: May 11, 2020
Please pray for my Grandson Noah. He is 3 months old and in ICU . Doctors are unsure of the cause of his sickness and he is scheduled to undergo a risky test. Please pray for his recovery. Thank you.
Received: May 7, 2020
Might I selfishly ask that you keep me in your prayers right now. I became very unwell with mental illness in January and fell out of work with this this in March. I am suffering with intense anxiety and depression and feel that my ability to appreciate 'hope' and 'faith' have been completely diminished. I always turned to the Lord but right now I feel that he is nowhere to be found. Please pray that my suffering is soon eased and I am able to offer my gifts to others.
Thank you kind people,
Received: May 6, 2020
Please pray for my two sons. One is 31 and severely disabled. He does not sleep any longer and has begun having self-injurious behaviors. My other son became ill at 24 and 2 years later is still suffering from the chronic effects of 6 surgeries to try to heal the problem. Now it appears that the same problem is beginning again on the other side of his body despite one side not yet being healed. I don't want this to shake my family's faith either. Please pray for healing and strengthening of our family. Many thanks dear friends in Christ.
Received: May 4, 2020
Please pray for my beloved daughter Sierra (late 20s), who is struggling with PTSD ... from a trauma & various betrayals and disappointments in her past, which is affecting her relationship with the Lord, with others, and with those who love her most.
Received: May 4, 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.