Encouragement and Prayer:  Lead With Diligence! (06/30/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: Lead With Diligence! (06/30/22)

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This is the audio from the June 30, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“’Their leader will be one of their own; their ruler will arise from among them.  I will bring him near and he will come close to me, for who is he who will devote himself to be close to me?’  declares the LORD.  ‘So you will be my people, and I will be your God.'”
Jeremiah 30:21-22 (NIV)

This week we will be praying about leadership and how God wants those who lead, to lead according to His will, instruction, and power.  Before you dismiss this prayer guide as not applicable to you, or think it is all about someone else, look around at how God has called you to lead.  Leadership done God’s way should always take place under the ultimate leadership of God and be done so that people recognize Him as the One who is leading.

“ . . . if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.”
Romans 12:8 (NIV)

 As you pray this week, ask God to make you aware of the situations He has called you to lead in.  Pray that you would be diligent in leading by the power of God’s Spirit in every area He has called you to lead.  Pray for the endurance to lead wisely through both your words and actions.  Pray about growing in a willingness to be faithful in allowing God to work through you.

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:  Lead Away From Ignorance! (06/29/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: Lead Away From Ignorance! (06/29/22)

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This is the audio from the June 29, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“’Their leader will be one of their own; their ruler will arise from among them.  I will bring him near and he will come close to me, for who is he who will devote himself to be close to me?’  declares the LORD.  ‘So you will be my people, and I will be your God.'”
Jeremiah 30:21-22 (NIV)

This week we will be praying about leadership and how God wants those who lead, to lead according to His will, instruction, and power.  Before you dismiss this prayer guide as not applicable to you, or think it is all about someone else, look around at how God has called you to lead.  Leadership done God’s way should always take place under the ultimate leadership of God and be done so that people recognize Him as the One who is leading.

“Now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders.”
Acts 3:17 (NIV)

 As you pray this week, ask God to make you aware of the situations He has called you to lead in.  Pray that your leadership would be done in wisdom and truth, rather than in ignorance.  Pray that your actions would lead people toward truth and not away from it.  Pray for the courage to recognize ignorance in your own life and deal with it so that you can lead people away from their ignorance.

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:  Lead With Justice! (06/28/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: Lead With Justice! (06/28/22)

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This is the audio from the June 28, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“’Their leader will be one of their own; their ruler will arise from among them.  I will bring him near and he will come close to me, for who is he who will devote himself to be close to me?’  declares the LORD.  ‘So you will be my people, and I will be your God.'”
Jeremiah 30:21-22 (NIV)

This week we will be praying about leadership and how God wants those who lead, to lead according to His will, instruction, and power.  Before you dismiss this prayer guide as not applicable to you, or think it is all about someone else, look around at how God has called you to lead.  Leadership done God’s way should always take place under the ultimate leadership of God and be done so that people recognize Him as the One who is leading.

“Listen, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of the house of Israel.  Should you not know justice?”
Micah 3:1 (NIV)

 As you pray this week, ask God to make you aware of the situations He has called you to lead in.  Pray that you would be filled with the wisdom to lead with justice.  Pray that you would treat everyone fairly and without partiality as you lead.  Pray for God’s view of justice to guide you as you lead.  Pray that the people you lead would know they are valuable to you and to God.

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:  Lead With Generosity! (06/27/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: Lead With Generosity! (06/27/22)

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This is the audio from the June 27, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“’Their leader will be one of their own; their ruler will arise from among them.  I will bring him near and he will come close to me, for who is he who will devote himself to be close to me?’  declares the LORD.  ‘So you will be my people, and I will be your God.'”
Jeremiah 30:21-22 (NIV)

This week we will be praying about leadership and how God wants those who lead, to lead according to His will, instruction, and power.  Before you dismiss this prayer guide as not applicable to you, or think it is all about someone else, look around at how God has called you to lead.  Leadership done God’s way should always take place under the ultimate leadership of God and be done so that people recognize Him as the One who is leading.  As you pray this week, ask God to make you aware of the situations He has called you to lead in.  Pray that you would lead in ways that make Him known rather than in ways that promote yourself or your own agenda.  Pray that you would always know God as the leader you follow — even in areas you are called to lead in.

“The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the LORD.  David the king also rejoiced greatly.”
1 Chronicles 29:9 (NIV)

Pray that your willingness to give would cause those you are leading to rejoice.  Pray that your generosity would always flow from the knowledge that you are giving to the Lord.

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

In prayer,
Tom

Finding the Courage to LEAD! (Sermon Audio)

Finding the Courage to LEAD! (Sermon Audio)

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This is the audio from the June 26, 2022 sermon, “Finding the Courage to LEAD”, shared by Tom Lemler at the Deer Run Church of Christ.

Text:  Joshua 1:6-11

Are you a leader?  Are you sure?  It has been said that one of the best ways to know if you are a leader is to look around and see if anyone is following.  Whether the followers are plentiful or few, we each lead in some way so the question we ought to ask is, “How do I live with the courage to lead God’s way?”.  We do so when we find the courage to  . . .

  • Listen.  Joshua 1:6-7
    • Leading God’s way requires that we find the courage to listen.  Listening helps us to understand what people are going through.  However, we must be careful that our primary listening is to God and the truth contained in His Word.  It was following the majority rule and listening to people that kept the Israelites wandering in the desert for 40 years.  We ought to spend so much time with God through prayer and His Word that we recognize the voice of our shepherd and follow Him in all we do.
  • Examine.  Joshua 1:8
    • Leading God’s way requires that we find the courage to examine.  It is important that we examine our motives and actions to see how they align with God’s Word.  It is through the process of examining scripture daily that we can learn what direction is from God and what is simply from our own flesh.
  • Accept.  Joshua 1:9
    • Leading God’s way requires that we find the courage to accept.  The foundation of this principle is that we accept God’s Word as the authority we live by.  It also involves learning to accept others in the same way Christ accepted us.  This is not in any way an acceptance of sinful activity, but rather an acceptance of people where they are so that God’s love can transform them just as He transforms us.
  • Direct.  Joshua 1:10-11
    • Leading God’s way requires that we find the courage to direct.  Many times when we think of leading, we want to jump directly to this and skip everything else that ought to be involved.  But God’s desire is that we would direct people toward Him and in His ways rather than seeing leadership as a means to get others to do what I want.  The direction we each receive from God, as the leader we ought to be following, is for us to make disciples everywhere we go.

How will you LEAD today?

Encouragement and Prayer:  A Godly Example of Integrity! (06/24/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: A Godly Example of Integrity! (06/24/22)

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This is the audio from the June 24, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.  So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!”
1 Corinthians 10:11-12 (NIV)

Throughout scripture we are told to view various things as examples of God’s mercy, His judgment, His patience, His love, and the list goes on.  This week our focus will be on praying about the examples we learn from and the example we ought to be.  As we celebrate Father’s Day, it is important to realize we have a perfect loving Father to follow regardless of our relationship with our own father.  Not only does God set the example through His nature and the life of His Son, He gives us godly examples throughout His Word for us to follow and learn from.

“In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity.”
Titus 2:7 (NIV)

 As you pray this week, ask God to help you learn from the examples found in scripture.  Pray that you would learn to live a life that is above reproach.  Pray that your teaching would always have a consistency that is in agreement with God’s Word.  Pray about how God would use your example to help others see the value of doing everything with integrity.

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:  A Godly Example of Mercy and Patience! (06/23/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: A Godly Example of Mercy and Patience! (06/23/22)

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This is the audio from the June 23, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.  So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!”
1 Corinthians 10:11-12 (NIV)

Throughout scripture we are told to view various things as examples of God’s mercy, His judgment, His patience, His love, and the list goes on.  This week our focus will be on praying about the examples we learn from and the example we ought to be.  As we celebrate Father’s Day, it is important to realize we have a perfect loving Father to follow regardless of our relationship with our own father.  Not only does God set the example through His nature and the life of His Son, He gives us godly examples throughout His Word for us to follow and learn from.

“But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.”
1 Timothy 1:16 (NIV)

 As you pray this week, ask God to help you learn from the examples found in scripture.  Pray that you would take courage from the examples of God’s mercy that you see.  Pray that your life would be an expression to others of God’s mercy.

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:  A Godly Example of Diligent Work! (06/22/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: A Godly Example of Diligent Work! (06/22/22)

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This is the audio from the June 22, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.  So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!”
1 Corinthians 10:11-12 (NIV)

Throughout scripture we are told to view various things as examples of God’s mercy, His judgment, His patience, His love, and the list goes on.  This week our focus will be on praying about the examples we learn from and the example we ought to be.  As we celebrate Father’s Day, it is important to realize we have a perfect loving Father to follow regardless of our relationship with our own father.  Not only does God set the example through His nature and the life of His Son, He gives us godly examples throughout His Word for us to follow and learn from.

“For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you.”
2 Thessalonians 3:7 (NIV)

 As you pray this week, ask God to help you learn from the examples found in scripture.  Pray that you would follow godly examples of those who work faithfully for the cause of Christ.  Pray that your example as a worker would help others see Christ more clearly.  Pray that your diligent work would serve as an example to others in providing for yourself and for those in need.

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

In prayer,
Tom