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)
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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The Spritual Discipline of Noticing and Appreciating
Connect to God with Every Breath.
An Honest, Vulnerable Expression of Pain
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)
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!
Last week I began another new RA medication (the 34th) and once again had some crazy side effects and allergic hives. We paused the med over the weekend, and re-started it today alongside of preventive benadryl. Would you pray that my body would accept this process? Thank you for all of the prayers on my behalf in this journey!
Received: August 9, 2022
Over the last four years, I’ve exhausted all medical and alternative methods to get back function of my left arm and shoulder, left foot and both thumbs. Constant pain and now Graves’ disease, hair loss and increasing depression from all of the above. Please pray o can find solutions and remain hopeful.
Received: August 4, 2022
I have really bad anxiety and depression alongside chronic illness and my mom passing. Please pray for perseverance, hope, joy in pain etc.
Received: July 30, 2022
My husband is majorly depressed, hasn't come home from work, hasn't responded to me at all, his phone is dead, and I'm just in distress... Please pray for God to have victory in his life, and for me to have hope and keep trusting God even through all the hurt I've felt (as this has happened before, and I feel so discouraged and alone).
Received: July 29, 2022
Prayer for mental and emotional healing for me and healing so I can sleep better and wake up refreshed and be healed from fatigue and tiredness.
Received: July 28, 2022
Praise Recovering from my spinal stimulator surgery yesterday. Thank you for your prayers.
Received: July 27, 2022
Have been suffering with wretched anxiety for almost 2 years. Suffering being the key word. Desperately need relief and deliverance from this anxiety. Total and complete deliverance. Peace abounding. Absence of any anxiety. Thank you.
Received: July 26, 2022
Hi prayer warriors;
We are in the process of dealing with an unexpected move, and have a son who has addiction issues. My body with chronic fatigue syndrome is really struggling during this time. Lots of extra vestibular and migraine issues coming up, as my body tries to compensate with the speed and layers of this. Thank you for prayers that I will have added strength and support through this season. I pray many of you are seeing God appear in your circumstances!
Received: July 19, 2022
My Mom is in a nursing home without use of her body. She was my caretaker and now I am alone. I have many serious health challenges every day. We need your prayers. Thank you!
Received: July 15, 2022
Hi, my name is Jennifer.
I need u to pray boldly, I need God to bless me Financially, and quickly I'm behind on majority of my bills need a Financial Blessing, if would pray for that, I would greatly.appreciate that.
Thank u so much
Received: July 13, 2022
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)
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.
Hope is a gift from God (and what a precious gift it is!), but the biggest gift of all will be the day when we no longer need for it. We will leave hope behind and move forward into eternity to recognize the glorious fulfillment of all our earthly hopes — and no suffering here can compare to the glory that will be revealed in us.
Throughout my life, I have sought closeness with God but now my illness moves me even closer to Him. My limitations become God's invitation.
The Way of the Heart: Connecting with God Through Prayer, Wisdom, and Silence
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
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