Encouragement and Prayer (9/20/20)

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This is the audio from the September 20, 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

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Known Words

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Known Words

Every day you and I give people an impression of who Jesus is by the words we use.  Are they hearing, or reading, words from you which would draw them to Christ or push them away?  Are you using words which draw you into greater relationship with God or words which create distance?  Over the next 23 days I will be sharing from the devotional journal, “Watch Your Mouth”, with the prayer that it helps you discover some of what God has to say about choosing words which honor Him.

Here is day nine with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to use words which are known.

Choose Known Words

“Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.
Psalm 139:4 (NIV)

Which is easier for you, having a conversation with someone who has no idea what you are talking about or with someone who can finish your sentences?  Have you ever tried talking with someone who seems to know the same words that you do but uses them in a completely different way?  Are there times when you struggle for just the right word to say in a particular situation?

Some time back I received a call from a salesperson and when the call was finished my wife asked me what it was about.  My honest answer was that I had no idea!  The person was using words that I knew but in a way that had no meaning to me.  Sometimes I think that happens when we pray.  We try so hard to make our prayers sound like we think prayers ought to sound that we end up having no idea what we’re talking about and completely miss what God wants to say to us.  As you pray, take comfort in knowing that God knows the words of your heart even before they enter your mouth.  Pray that you would have consistent time in God’s Word so that you will know what His words will sound like.

In prayer,

Tom  

Encouragement and Prayer (9/13/20)

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This is the audio from the September 13, 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

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Just Words

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Just Words

Every day you and I give people an impression of who Jesus is by the words we use.  Are they hearing, or reading, words from you which would draw them to Christ or push them away?  Are you using words which draw you into greater relationship with God or words which create distance?  Over the next 24 days I will be sharing from the devotional journal, “Watch Your Mouth”, with the prayer that it helps you discover some of what God has to say about choosing words which honor Him.

Here is day eight with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to use words which are just.

Choose Just Words

“The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is just.  The law of his God is in his heart; his feet do not slip.
Psalm 37:30-31 (NIV)

How important is it to you that your words are right and true?  Do you value that at least as much as your desire for the words of others to be just?  How do you define justice?  Do you think your definition influences how you perceive words that are just?  How do the laws of God help you understand true justice?  How often do you think about using God’s Word as the standard for the words you choose?    How does your choice of words reflect the righteousness and wisdom which come from God?

Sometimes it is easier to choose words that you believe people want to hear rather than speak words that you know are right and true.  It is our relationship with Christ that helps us to speak words that are needed in ways that are right.  As you pray, ask God to help you understand His words to you which are just.  Pray that God would give you the wisdom necessary to speak words that are just.  Pray that the people around you would know because of the words you use that there is a way that is right and true.  Pray that your words that are just would always be spoken in love.

In prayer,

Tom  

Encouragement and Prayer (9/12/20)

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This is the audio from the September 12, 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

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Joyful Words

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Joyful Words

Every day you and I give people an impression of who Jesus is by the words we use.  Are they hearing, or reading, words from you which would draw them to Christ or push them away?  Are you using words which draw you into greater relationship with God or words which create distance?  Over the next 25 days I will be sharing from the devotional journal, “Watch Your Mouth”, with the prayer that it helps you discover some of what God has to say about choosing words which honor Him.

Here is day seven with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to use joyful words.

Choose Joyful Words

“I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure.
Psalm 16:8-9 (NIV)

Has your day ever been brightened by a note, text, or call from someone?  Have you ever had the experience of a timely word bringing joy to your life?  How do you feel when you can visibly see your words bring joy to another person?  How does knowing God’s presence is with you influence your expressions of joy?  Does your faith give you reason to rejoice in all circumstances?  How does expressing your joy in Christ help you overcome or endure difficult situations?

Often times when circumstances are difficult it is hard to remember God’s command to express joy.  You might want to look at what Paul means when he writes, “Rejoice always!”, if you’re trying to figure out when God commanded that.  I’m the first to admit there are times when choosing joyful words is extremely difficult.  As you pray, ask God to help you be constantly aware of His presence and the joy He brings into your life.  Pray that you would learn how to be honest about your situations and still choose joyful words.  Pray that the people around you would be encouraged by your words of joy.

In prayer,

Tom  

Encouragement and Prayer (9/11/20)

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This is the audio from the September 11, 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

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Guarded Words

Watch Your Mouth: Choose Guarded Words

Every day you and I give people an impression of who Jesus is by the words we use.  Are they hearing, or reading, words from you which would draw them to Christ or push them away?  Are you using words which draw you into greater relationship with God or words which create distance?  Over the next 26 days I will be sharing from the devotional journal, “Watch Your Mouth”, with the prayer that it helps you discover some of what God has to say about choosing words which honor Him.

Here is day six with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to guard your words.

Choose Guarded Words

“Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.
Psalm 141:3 (NIV)

How do you choose what to say?  Do you believe that everything you think ought to be spoken?  What do you think God’s command to take every thought captive would say about that?  Have you ever used words that you later wished you could take back?  Could you?  Does honesty require you to speak everything that comes to your mind?  Have you ever been dishonest simply because you felt you had to say something?  How can choosing guarded words help you to be honest with others?

We all know people who seem to blurt out some of the most inappropriate things at the most inopportune times — perhaps we’ve been that person.  As David prays, he asks God to set a guard over his mouth so it doesn’t draw him into evil.  Unguarded words have a way of causing pain and hurt to others and even to ourselves.  As you pray, join the Psalmist in praying that God would set a guard over your mouth.  Pray that you would engage your heart and mind before you put your tongue into overdrive.  Pray that truth and love would guard the words you choose each day.

In prayer,

Tom