Prayer Ministry

Prayer Pond

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 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.

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!


I prayed for this

Prayed for 46 times.

Jodi

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 anger.my 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,

Amen.

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

I prayed for this

Prayed for 44 times.

Judy Sickler

I had to start on pancreas meds which is causing extreme stiffness over whole body. Mobility is worse in my thoracic spine and can hardly use right arm. Dr. appt. not for 3 weeks! Please pray the Lord heals or finds me a doctor to help sooner. Shortage of doctors here. Also still having trouble eating but trying to avoid a feeding tube.

Received: September 21, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 49 times.

Lorna

Please can you please for my husband and I, we are having an awful time. I have gone to friends for a couple of days to have a break, just needed some peace so overwhelmed with everything. My husband was ill and I was his carer, but now we are both and I have carer coming in to help me part time but my health is getting worse and have no life and little support! I am in some much pain in every way still praying, but don’t feel close to God or my husband! Been challenging marriage as husband's health and now six years. I had accident leaving me with TN, ms and vasculitis! But other little problems! Please pray as passed end of rope! Just want to go to heaven! And the pain to stop, usually positive and go outing but not any more! Please pray as don’t know what to do! Thanks

Received: September 16, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 5 times.

Chronic Joy

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for showing us how to live and for giving us such words of blessing:

“Looking at his disciples, he said:

“Blessed are you who are poor,

for yours is the kingdom of God.” Luke 6:20

Help us to see that on the days we feel so poor and weak—it is right here that we have been given Your very own kingdom! Help us to lift our weaknesses to You so that You can bring Your words of life into our days. Show us how we can pray for those we care about, that they might see Your kingdom also. We praise You today for bringing the kingdom of God to us.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

Received: September 15, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 35 times.

Kathy K

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

I prayed for this

Prayed for 6 times.

Bettie Gilbert

Dear Lord,

Thank You for the plans that You have spoken over us:

“Even to your old age and gray hairs

I am he, I am he who will sustain you.

I have made you and I will carry you;

I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” Isaiah 46:4

We praise You for creating us and for carrying us from birth. Thank You that only You truly sustain and rescue us. Help us today in these places where we are weak and feel the weight of our years creeping up on us. Help our loved ones who are struggling to see Your sustaining and rescuing in their lives. Will You carry them even as we ask You to carry us too? We love You our dear rescuer.

In the name of Jesus we pray,

Amen

Received: September 8, 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

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 Sunshine 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. SIGN-UP your child (and their siblings) today. (Safe and secure.) 

FREE PRAYER PRINTABLES

INVITATION TO PRAYER

“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...

“… 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

Leading: God is my Guide and Safety

  Leading Are you someone who enjoys planning your calendar weeks and months ahead? My days used to be full that way. Oh, I still have a digital calendar where I keep track of important appointments. But ever since chronic illness came upon the scene, I am much better at keeping a “To-Done-List” (no matter how small it might seem,) instead of a “To-Do-List.” When the days ahead seem to be...

Leading: God Is My Guide and Safety

Simple Silence: A Place of Quiet Prayer

  ​An Invitation from Jesus - Come with Me to a Quiet Place   The headlines shouted across the glaring screen, and my heart dropped lower than I thought it could go. It seemed that for a moment I felt the weight and the sadness of the world crashing upon me. But in the next moment I heard a whisper, stronger than the weight, deeper than the sadness: “Then, because so many people were...

Come away with me by yourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile. Mark 6:31

Fear: Turned to Trust – Prayer Prompts

We hear so many words telling us to just “trust God more.”  But is it really that easy? When the foundations of our lives have spun off-kilter, what then? How can trust be considered from a place of such upset? The Cambridge-English Dictionary gives us the definition for the word “trust” as: “to believe that someone is good and honest and will not harm you, or that something is safe and...

For the Lord God is our sun and our shield.

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).

LEARN MORE.

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? 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.

LEARN MORE.

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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