Encouragement and Prayer:  Overcoming Abandonment! (12/06/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: Overcoming Abandonment! (12/06/21)

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This is the audio from the December 6, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.”
Revelation 3:5 (NIV)

This week we finish a two week focus on living a life that overcomes.  While the time period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is often filled with many celebrations, for many it is a time that is not nearly as festive on the inside as what the outside might represent.  While I believe all of these prayer guides can be useful well beyond the week they are written for, this topic of overcoming may be one of the most needed on a continual basis as we pray for ourselves and others in our times of difficulty.

As you pray this week, ask God to help you be more aware of those who struggle.  Pray that you would be better equipped to overcome as you learn from God’s Word.  Pray that you would overcome in a way that gives you a permanent place of belonging with those who are pure.  Pray that you would live with a confidence in a God who will never abandon you.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page.

In prayer,
Tom

Taking HOPE to the World (Sermon Audio)

Taking HOPE to the World (Sermon Audio)

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This is the audio from the December 5, 2021 sermon, “Taking HOPE to the World”, shared by Tom Lemler at the North Wayne Mennonite Church.

Text:  Mark 6:1-13

As believers in Jesus, we are called to carry a message of hope to a world that is in desperate need.  We do that most effectively when we join people in their time of need and offer true . . .

  • Honor.  Mark 6:4-6, Philippians 2:3
    • Taking hope to the world will involve learning to honor those who often feel dishonored and neglected.  While the people of his hometown missed it, one of the greatest ways to actually honor Jesus would be to listen to, and do, what He says.  We can take hope to the world when we show honor by simply listening to the people around us.
  • Opportunity.  Mark 6:2-3, Colossians 4:5
    • Taking hope to the world will involve giving opportunity to those who often feel the world has passed them by.  The people of His day thought they knew Jesus and therefore gave Him little opportunity to provide them with the hope only He could bring.  We can take hope to the world when we give people the opportunity to be who God created them to be.
  • Peace.  Mark 6:7-10, Romans 12:18
    • Taking hope to the world will involve being a person of peace in the way you interact with others.  Jesus instructed His disciples to cast out evil and trust Him completely as they went about sharing the good news of Jesus.  We can take hope to the world when we choose to live at peace with everyone as far as it depends on us.
  • Encouragement.  Mark 6:11-13, Hebrews 3:13
    • Taking hope to the world will involve giving and receiving encouragement through what God does in the lives of people.  We ought to be encouraged by the transformation God does in us and in the lives of those around us.  We can take hope to the world when we choose to be encouragers of every person we meet.

Who do you need to take HOPE to today?

Encouragement and Prayer:  Overcoming Oppression! (12/03/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: Overcoming Oppression! (12/03/21)

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This is the audio from the December 3, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations — ‘He will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash them to pieces like pottery’ — just as I have received authority from my Father.”
Revelation 2:26-27 (NIV)

This week we begin a two week focus on living a life that overcomes.  While the time period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is often filled with many celebrations, for many it is a time that is not nearly as festive on the inside as what the outside might represent.  While I believe all of these prayer guides can be useful well beyond the week they are written for, this topic of overcoming may be one of the most needed on a continual basis as we pray for ourselves and others in our times of difficulty.

As you pray this week, ask God to help you be more aware of those who struggle.  Pray that you would be better equipped to overcome as you learn from God’s Word.  Pray that you would be faithful in doing God’s will as He empowers you to overcome oppression with His authority.  Pray for a growing obedience to God’s authority.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page.

In prayer,
Tom

Encouragement and Prayer:  Overcoming Through Prayer! (12/02/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: Overcoming Through Prayer! (12/02/21)

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This is the audio from the December 2, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“Eli answered, ‘Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.’  She said, ‘May your servant find favor in your eyes.’ Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.”
1 Samuel 1:17-18 (NIV)

This week we begin a two week focus on living a life that overcomes.  While the time period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is often filled with many celebrations, for many it is a time that is not nearly as festive on the inside as what the outside might represent.  While I believe all of these prayer guides can be useful well beyond the week they are written for, this topic of overcoming may be one of the most needed on a continual basis as we pray for ourselves and others in our times of difficulty.

As you pray this week, ask God to help you be more aware of those who struggle.  Pray that you would be better equipped to overcome as you learn from God’s Word.  Pray that you would be diligent in going to God in prayer during times of despair.  Pray that God’s faithfulness in answering prayer would lift you from your despair.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page.

In prayer,
Tom

Encouragement and Prayer:  Overcoming Your Past! (12/01/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: Overcoming Your Past! (12/01/21)

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This is the audio from the December 1, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.”
Revelation 2:17 (NIV)

This week we begin a two week focus on living a life that overcomes.  While the time period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is often filled with many celebrations, for many it is a time that is not nearly as festive on the inside as what the outside might represent.  While I believe all of these prayer guides can be useful well beyond the week they are written for, this topic of overcoming may be one of the most needed on a continual basis as we pray for ourselves and others in our times of difficulty.

As you pray this week, ask God to help you be more aware of those who struggle.  Pray that you would be better equipped to overcome as you learn from God’s Word.  Pray that you would feast on the spiritual manna and rejoice in a new name that frees you from your past.  Pray that you would listen to what God says about you being a new creation.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page.

In prayer,
Tom

Encouragement and Prayer:  Overcoming By Doing Right! (11/30/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: Overcoming By Doing Right! (11/30/21)

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This is the audio from the November 30, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“Then the LORD said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast?  If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?’”
Genesis 4:6-7 (NIV)

This week we begin a two week focus on living a life that overcomes.  While the time period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is often filled with many celebrations, for many it is a time that is not nearly as festive on the inside as what the outside might represent.  While I believe all of these prayer guides can be useful well beyond the week they are written for, this topic of overcoming may be one of the most needed on a continual basis as we pray for ourselves and others in our times of difficulty.

As you pray this week, ask God to help you be more aware of those who struggle.  Pray that you would be better equipped to overcome as you learn from God’s Word.  Pray for a greater confidence in God’s desire and ability to help you overcome even in the midst of life’s difficulties. Pray that you would accurately examine your life for sin that could be causing your despair.  Pray for the courage to repent of sin and do what is right.  Pray that your life choices would give you confidence in being an overcomer.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page.

In prayer,
Tom

Encouragement and Prayer:  Overcoming the Power of Death! (11/29/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: Overcoming the Power of Death! (11/29/21)

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This is the audio from the November 29, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death.”
Revelation 2:1 (NIV)

This week we begin a two week focus on living a life that overcomes.  While the time period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is often filled with many celebrations, for many it is a time that is not nearly as festive on the inside as what the outside might represent.  While I believe all of these prayer guides can be useful well beyond the week they are written for, this topic of overcoming may be one of the most needed on a continual basis as we pray for ourselves and others in our times of difficulty.

As you pray this week, ask God to help you be more aware of those who struggle.  Pray that you would be better equipped to overcome as you learn from God’s Word.  Pray for a greater confidence in God’s desire and ability to help you overcome even in the midst of life’s difficulties.  Pray that you would be an instrument of God in helping others know that in Christ they can live as one who overcomes.  Pray that you would listen to the message of God’s Spirit as He calls you to overcome in a way that gives victory over death.  Pray for a continued faithfulness that helps you live with confidence in the resurrection.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page.

In prayer,
Tom

Encouragement and Prayer:  Thankful For Those Who Teach! (11/26/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: Thankful For Those Who Teach! (11/26/21)

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This is the audio from the November 26, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.”
James 3:1 (NIV)

As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this week and move toward the celebration of Christ’s birth, our thankfulness should not only remain but should grow each day as we consider the gift of Jesus.  Giving thanks really ought to be a lifestyle for God’s children every day that we live.  Our level of thankfulness will say a lot to the people around us who need to know of the hope that is found in Jesus.  This week we will focus on being thankful for the various aspects of the church family.

As you pray, listen for what God would have you to do.  Pray each day for the individuals of the congregation you attend as well as for the gathering of believers throughout your area and around the world.  Pray for God’s wisdom and protection for those who teach.  Pray that all teaching would remain true to God’s Word.  Pray for a spirit of humility to continually grow in the lives of all who teach whether they do so formally or informally.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page.

In prayer,
Tom