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

I prayed for this

Prayed for 30 times.

Pam

It's hard to know where to begin but, here goes! Recently, I had a heart stent inserted. I have been a diabetic for 40+ years now and may have contributed to my heart disease. It was also discovered that I have Gerd.

I sense now, my more intense problems are stemming from my inability to sleep and as a result, I cannot make good decisions, especially when it comes to diet. I have lost weight recently without any physical activity. I have also experienced a great deal of anxiety and depression.

I know our Father is with me. He reassures me of this even as I just recorded it here. I need His touch for my emotional and mental stresses. I have a wonderful group of prayer supporters at my church. I was privileged to spend 7 years in China as God's ambassador and have a great support group at the Chinese church here in America that I am privileged to be connected to.

I feel like my needs cover the wide range of emotional, spiritual and physical. Not sure what my next step or steps should be but I do know He knows my every need.

Please pray that I react to these enormous challenges as our Father would lead. Thank you so much prayer warriors!

Received: November 1, 2019

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

CJ Star and the Sonshine Squad want kids to know just how much they are loved by Jesus. Bright, engaging characters bring laughter, delight, and sunshine to an even difficult day. Parents SIGN-UP your child (and their siblings) today. (Safe and secure.) 

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.

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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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