This is the audio from the February 20, 2023 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
John 13:34-35 (NIV)
As we continue a focus on being made new in Christ, I bring back a prayer focus I first shared a few years ago — a new way to love. This week we will spend some time praying about the love God has expressed toward us and about how we can live in such a way that we share it with others. God has always instructed His people to love, so it must have been a little confusing to the disciples when Jesus told them He was giving them a new command — a command to love one another. I believe the new part of the command, new because it had not been seen in such a clear way ever before, was to love as Jesus loved. As you pray this week, ask God to help you evaluate how you love. Pray that you would be so filled with God’s love that loving like Jesus would become more natural each day. Please continue to pray for one another in the midst of these confusing and changing times. Pray for discernment and wisdom to see beyond and through the divisiveness of this world so that you would love others as God loves both you and them.
“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.”
Matthew 22:37-38 (NIV)
Pray that your love of God would always be the top priority of all the love you have. Pray that God’s love for you would be the standard for the love you have for Him. Pray that your love for God would grow each day.
You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page.