Prayer Ministry

Prayer Pond

Prayer is the heartbeat of Chronic Joy Ministry.

Welcome to the Chronic Joy Ministry 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 every Monday is #PrayerMonday, an 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.

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 35 times.

Kathy Khajeh-Noori

Thank you, Bettie G and everyone who has prayed for me! I had successful carotid "clean-out" surgery on the right side on December 27. My healing has been a rough road with much pain, and it has flared up my chronic pain issues in my head, neck, upper back and shoulders. I am doing my best to rest and let my body heal, and my daughter has been a big help for me (she lives with me). Please pray my healing continues to go well with reduced pain, as all I can use is tylenol. Also, the left side carotids will need to be done also, and I am hoping it can be put off for a couple months to give me time to get back on my feet. I am so grateful to God they found this problem before I had a small stroke or worse! And, again, I am grateful for prayer support through it.

Received: January 6, 2020

I prayed for this

Prayed for 32 times.


I am 48 years old. One week before Thanksgiving I began having very noticeable and different than normal health issues which prompted me to be checked by my Family Physician. Preliminary tests are suggestive of cirrhosis of the liver. I've only consumed alcohol on rare occasion (less than 3-4 times a year). Since hearing this news, I've learned that cirrhosis can be caused by many other things than alcohol and immediately began lifestyle changes that are necessary for this diagnosis. I am waiting for more definitive tests to be run and the results of them. I'm very restricted in daily activities, tasks for and with my family due to my symptoms. I am afraid of the unknown and not being around for my family.

Received: January 6, 2020

This prayer has been answered!

Prayed for 5 times.

Bettie Gilbert

I have another urgent request for a friend with severe, advanced Rheumatoid Arthritis. Would you please pray for my friend Lisa, a retired missionary who lives in Finland now. She is having emergency surgery on Monday for a broken leg and the repair of her hip prosthesis after she fell early Sunday. Please pray for guidance for the surgeons and extra strength for Lisa to be able to heal from this major surgery.

Received: January 5, 2020

I prayed for this

Prayed for 23 times.

Bettie Gilbert

Please pray for my friend Sherriann who has advanced Rheumatoid Arthritis and Stills Disease. Both diseases have affected her heart, lungs, and liver so that the Doctors have little hope for her. She has almost died several times, but the Lord has pulled her through. Would you pray that her body would respond to treatment? Her husband, Nick, is also bearing a heavy load as he cares for her. Thank you so much for all of your prayers.

Received: December 30, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 33 times.


My mom went to the hospital because she was sick since Thanksgiving. She couldn't eat and was in pain.

We took her to the hospital and we stayed two days, Christmas eve and Christmas day. They drained 7 pounds of fluids from her stomach.

She and I are currently home waiting for the results of the fluids. The doctors suspect her cancer has returned.

My mom is a four time cancer survivor.

Please pray for God to intervene.

Received: December 28, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 27 times.


Please pray for me (mentally/physically). My anxiety is causing me a lot of problems and has lowered my quality of life. I also have chronic illness which makes me scared to leave the house, try anything different, or even eat sometimes. Plus, I feel physically unwell even on a car ride. I need this torment to stop so I can enjoy my life in peace. Thank you, in advance, for praying.

Received: December 22, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 17 times.

Bettie Gilbert

This is an update to the prayer request I just sent a few moments ago for my friend Gayl Wright. Her son, Stephen, is in the presence of Jesus now. Please pray for the entire family as they grieve this heavy loss.

Received: November 30, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 3 times.

Bettie Gilbert

This is an urgent request for my friend, Gayl Wright. Her son with Muscular Dystrophy took a turn for the worst, and he had to be rushed to the hospital on Wednesday evening with Congestive Heart Failure. Tonight they almost lost him, and have now moved him to ICU. Please pray for God to intervene and cover them all with His grace. Thank you for your prayers!

Received: November 30, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 31 times.

Michael Johannes Beier

Please pray for me to be healed from: chronic kidney malfunction, anemia, heart and brain problems, urinating problems. Thanks so much

Received: November 29, 2019

I prayed for this

Prayed for 34 times.


I have a young friend, she’ll be 12 the end of December who was just diagnosed with diabetes. Pray for her and her family as they make the adjustments that this journey requires. Thank you.

Received: November 25, 2019

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Card Ministry

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.

And it’s simple to do!

Stop by the Prayer Pond and as you read through the requests, when God tugs at your heart, pause and pray, then consider writing a note, card or letter to encourage that person too.

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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“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 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

Bitterness: Letting Christ Bring Compassion

  Social Distancing, Self-Isolation, & Quarantine   The memes and the quips scrolled by me faster than I could keep up. It seemed that everyone had something to say about self-isolation, quarantine, lock-down, and the restrictions that were suddenly, with very little warning, thrust upon us. I hit the “like” button more times than I could count … Finally the rest of the world would...

Social Distancing, Self-Isolation & Quarantine

Praying: Our Savior, Jesus, Teaches Us How to Pray

Praying When we truly face the shape of our hearts, we can be overwhelmed by the lack that we feel. Sinful, weak, and weary are thoughts that easily come to mind as we carry such weights from our days. But we have a Father who loved us so deeply that He sent His Son to be our Savior in those weakest places. Our Savior felt every weakness we have ever faced, and took them all to the cross for...

Lord, teach us to pray.

Lifting Shame in our Praying

Anxiety and Shame in Chronic Illness   The day was sunny and beautiful as we drove into the parking lot, but I did not feel much beauty in my heart. In fact, sudden tears rose unbidden to the surface as the medical center came into view. I had been to this same parking lot many times in the past year, but I had carefully kept my back turned to the door that led to the Infusion Center....

Are you facing shame or anxiety about your prayer requests?

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).


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. This book takes you more deeply into understanding seven key disciplines along with practical ideas for weaving them into everyday life.


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.


The Deep Place Where Nobody Goes: Conversations with God on the Steps of My Soul

Jill Briscoe

This collection of short stories, reflections, and poems from Jill Briscoe centers on the theme of our relationship with God, and how that relationship must be our daily priority in good times and bad.






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