Encouragement & Prayer (5/31/20)

 

This is the audio from the May 31, 2020 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

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

In prayer,
Tom

Here Am I:  Called To Be Wanted

Here Am I: Called To Be Wanted

While we continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe we have a great opportunity to represent Jesus well as we respond to God’s calling with a hearty, “Here Am I”!  Over the next 3 days I will continue sharing the devotions from my “Here Am I” book to help each of us pray about our response to God as He calls us to Himself.  Through time in prayer, this devotional journal was written to help you see and respond to God’s calling as you see Him working in your “everyday” life.

Here is day twenty-nine with an important reminder that you, and those around you, have been called by God because you are wanted by Him.

Called To Be Wanted

Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him.
Mark 3:13 (NIV)

Have you ever been left out of something that you really wanted to belong to?  How did you feel?  Why?  What does knowing you are wanted do for your attitude and sense of well-being?  How about when you don’t feel wanted?  Which feeling do you have most often?  Why?  What things make you believe you are wanted?  How can you help others to know they are wanted?  Do you often think about Jesus calling you to Himself because you are wanted by Him?  How does that make you feel?  How do you share that with others?

When Jesus began His ministry on earth, He called to himself those He wanted.  While some, such as the twelve disciples, are named, it becomes apparent throughout the gospels that He called many to Himself.  In fact, He called, and continues to call, all who are thirsty to come and drink from the well that never runs dry.  In the midst of your life, whether alone or in a crowd, Jesus calls you because He wants you to be with Him.  Living as one called to be wanted by God ought to help you know your true value.  As you join with all who are wanted by God, He equips you to help others know they too are wanted.

As you pray about being wanted by God, ask Him to fill you with confidence regarding His desire for you to be with Him.  Pray about how God would have you encourage those who feel unwanted.  Pray that being wanted by God would change not only the way you view yourself, but also the way you view others.  Pray for a heart that is changed by an awareness of being wanted by God.  Pray that your changed heart would help others to know they are wanted by God, and by you.

In prayer,

Tom  

Encouragement & Prayer (5/30/20)

 

This is the audio from the May 30, 2020 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

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

In prayer,
Tom

Here Am I:  Called Through the Gospel

Here Am I: Called Through the Gospel

While we continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe we have a great opportunity to represent Jesus well as we respond to God’s calling with a hearty, “Here Am I”!  Over the next 4 days I will continue sharing the devotions from my “Here Am I” book to help each of us pray about our response to God as He calls us to Himself.  Through time in prayer, this devotional journal was written to help you see and respond to God’s calling as you see Him working in your “everyday” life.

Here is day twenty-eight with an important reminder that you, and those around you, have been called by God through the gospel message to Himself.

Called Through the Gospel

“He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.
2 Thessalonians 2:14-15 (NIV)

How often do you read the Bible?  Do you view it as just a book, or as words written to you?  Why?  How good is the news that the world publishes each day?  Why?  What would happen if you looked for, and shared, good news instead of the usual fare that gets talked about in most social circles?  How does the good news of the Bible call you, and others, to a changed life?  How does being called by God through the gospel influence the way you relate to God and the way you share that gospel with others?

In a world in which everything has been brought into existence by the word of God, the power of the gospel ought to be obvious.  While some view the Bible as just a book, or a collection of old words, God says it is “the power of God which leads to salvation.”  Just as God called the elements of creation into existence by His Word, He calls each one of us to salvation through the good news of the gospel.  Words are very powerful things and can be used to lift up or tear down.  When we are confident of our calling through the gospel of Jesus, our words to others ought to be good news that shares that same gospel with them.

As you pray about being called through the gospel, ask God to help you trust Him as the true source of good news.  Pray that you would hold fast to God’s Word as the powerful force that it is.  Pray that your time spent reading the Bible would encourage you as you allow its Author to speak His words to you.  Pray that God’s calling through His gospel would fill you with light in the midst of darkness.  Pray that you would share the good news of Jesus with everyone you can.

In prayer,

Tom  

Encouragement & Prayer (5/29/20)

 

This is the audio from the May 29, 2020 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

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

In prayer,
Tom

Here Am I:  Called To Be Sure

Here Am I: Called To Be Sure

While we continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe we have a great opportunity to represent Jesus well as we respond to God’s calling with a hearty, “Here Am I”!  Over the next 5 days I will continue sharing the devotions from my “Here Am I” book to help each of us pray about our response to God as He calls us to Himself.  Through time in prayer, this devotional journal was written to help you see and respond to God’s calling as you see Him working in your “everyday” life.

Here is day twenty-seven with an important reminder that you, and those around you, have been called by God to be an example in the way you suffer.

Called To Be Sure

“Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:10-11 (NIV)

Are there things you are certain about?  What?  Have you ever been sure about something only to find out later you were wrong?  Why?  How much power does doubt have in your life?  Why?  What things tend to feed your doubt?  Have you ever been sure of something only to have it not come to pass?  Why?  What does that do to your sense of certainty about other things?  How reliable do you believe God to be?  Does His faithfulness give you greater confidence in the things He has called you to?  Should it?

Living with certainty in a very uncertain world can be a rather elusive thing.  Fortunately, the certainty that you and I are called to in Christ is not based on our ability but rather on His faithfulness.  While our calling by God is sure because of His faithfulness, it is our daily walk by faith that helps to erase whatever doubts the enemy may attempt to plant in our mind.  The doubts will come and go because we have a tendency to stumble throughout our walk.  When we hold fast to God’s calling to be sure, we find that nothing can make us fall.  Living with certainty in our calling from God ought to equip us to walk by faith no matter what.

As you pray about being called to be sure, ask God to help you be fully aware of His faithfulness throughout all generations.  Pray that you would look to Him for a certainty that overcomes your doubts.  Pray for an increased faith that gives you a confidence in God’s ability to pick you up when you stumble.  Pray that the people around you would see your unfailing confidence in God even when you have doubts in yourself.  Pray that your faith would grow beyond the doubts of the world.

In prayer,

Tom  

Encouragement & Prayer (5/28/20)

 

This is the audio from the May 28, 2020 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

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

In prayer,
Tom