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?
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, not-seen-before gift of intimacy with our Lord? Perhaps that 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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Prayer of Examen
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Savor the Words of Scripture
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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 this community. We’re glad you’re here, grateful for your presence, and 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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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!
In 10 days, I will be leaving a second job due to mental illness. I am scared about the future. I don't know if I will ever be able to work again, in my field or somewhere else. My mother and sister also live with me. Mom has some health issues and struggles with mental health. Sister has major mental health issues and many physical health issues. Being a care-giver when you have mental health issues is hard. Please pray for peace, wisdom, and guidance. I am scared.
Received: July 4, 2022
Transurethral resection of my prostate Thursday morning was successful. I was discharged at 5PM Friday. The operating room team let me pray for them before the anesthesiologist started the anesthesia. Jesus brought me through the surgery. No issues. Recovery is going well. Thanks for your concern, care and prayers. Endoscopy Tuesday, July 5 9:30 AM.
Received: July 3, 2022
My request was answered. My grandson did not have appendicitis. After more tests he went home the next day. Thank you for all the prayers.
Received: July 1, 2022
I have a PET scan tomorrow morning. I'm nervous about what it'll show. My husband & I yearn to have a baby of our own, but my gyno recently told me I may never be able to if my disease can't be controlled. I feel crushed in spirit by that, because my whole life I've been battling this disease & it's taken lots of opportunities from me. I don't want motherhood to be another thing I can't experience. Recently had a panic attack while driving. Idk how to not be stressed.
Received: June 30, 2022
Father, please help me to know You as infinite love, infinite joy and infinite health. Please nestle me in Your arms as the Great Father, who heals, shields and protects me, always. I ask this in Jesus's mighty name. Thank you,
Received: June 17, 2022
Please pray for one of my 10 yr. old grandsons. He has muscular dystrophy but that's not the problem. He complained of his stomach hurting then screamed in pain, so his dad is taking him to the hospital. Pray that they will be able to find and take care of the problem. His name is Jude
Received: June 15, 2022
Please pray for my friend's husband who has been diagnosed with cancer. She has struggled with Lupus for many years. Please pray for her and their family, too.
Received: June 15, 2022
My NP asked me to make an in-person appointment to discuss tests results. I just found out that when they do that, it is something gravely serious. Your prayers are very much appreciated.
Received: June 13, 2022
Pray for chronic fatigue and excessive tiredness. I get home from work and I go straight to bed. I don't have energy for exercise or socializing or anything. Sometimes it is hard to pray
Received: June 9, 2022
I met with my urologist last Friday, & he recommded prostate surgery. After trying conservative treatments that failed, I'm waiting for his scheduler to call me with a date.
PRAISE. I consulted with my ophthalmologist last Thursday. My inflammation is clear. She recommended that I cut my Acthar injections in half for the next four weeks. My prayer request is that my uveitis does not come back. . A prayer request My glaucoma pressure is the highest it's ever been. She added a brand eyedrop.
Received: June 9, 2022
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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.
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"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)
The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
Each prayer is like a seed that gets planted in the ground. It disappears for a season, but eventually bears fruit that blesses future generations.
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