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.
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.
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
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
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?
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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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Axe Head Prayer
Redeeming your spiritual edge.
The Spritual Discipline of Noticing and Appreciating
Connect to God with Every Breath.
An Honest, Vulnerable Expression of Pain
Journey Deeper into Prayer
Cultivate a vibrant life of prayer!
Prayer of Examen
Reflections with God
Savor the Words of Scripture
A Touchstone of God’s Love
Praying the Psalms
God’s Prayerbook for His People
The Questions of Jesus
An Invitation to Prayer and a Deeper Faith
Show me, Lord
Teach me. Guide me.
Suffering & Joy
Joy Thrives in the Midst of Suffering
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
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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
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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
Chronic Joy® devotionals 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 not what is done by us, but rather what is done by the Holy Spirit in us. Henri Nouwen
Whether we realize it or not, prayer is the encounter of God's thirst with ours. God thirsts that we may thirst for him. St. Augustine
When chronic pain hits, we might wonder, “How can I have confident hope?”. But I soon learned that this hope comes from drawing ever closer to the One Who gives all hope. That is, Jesus!
Forever and ever, in the perfection of our life in the new heaven and new earth, our experience of your kindness will increase. This promise overwhelms the circuit board of my understanding, throws fuel on the fire of my longings, and reveals the paucity of my faith.
Support, sustain, uphold, carry are all words that speak of being small or weak. God will be our refuge when we are weak.
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).
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.
Prayer That Works
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.
Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God
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.