This is the audio from the March 10, 2023 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.
“’Show me a denarius. Whose portrait and inscription are on it?’ ‘Caesar’s,’ they replied. He said to them, ‘Then give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.’”
Luke 20:24-25 (NIV)
This week’s prayer focus is about God’s desire that we live as stewards of His. Perhaps the most difficult part of doing that is the first hurdle of acknowledging His ownership of everything. Many people hear the word stewardship and their first reaction is to tune out the person speaking because “they’re just wanting my money.” There are two problems with that thought — one, it assumes stewardship is only about money; and two, it assumes your ownership of anything you’ve been entrusted with. Godly stewardship recognizes that we do not have anything that we have not received from God, and what we have received God expects us to use for the benefit of others as He advances His kingdom through us.
“For the overseer must be above reproach as God’s steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain.”
Titus 1:7 (NASB)
As you pray this week, ask God to fill you with His perspective on the purpose of “things”. Pray that you would be known as one who uses God’s resources for the good of others above your own. Pray that your lifestyle would show you to be above reproach as you manage the things God has given you.
You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page.