Encouragement & Prayer (5/25/20)

 

This is the audio from the May 25, 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 Sacrifice

Here Am I: Called To Sacrifice

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 9 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-three with an important reminder that you, and those around you, have been called by God to live a life of sacrifice.

Called To Sacrifice

“Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.’
Mark 8:34 (NIV)

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to a willingness to sacrifice?  Why?  Are there things in this life you have sacrificed for in order to have (i.e. car, house, vacation, relationship, etc.)?  Why did you sacrifice?  Was it worth it?  Why?  What determines your willingness to sacrifice and the extent to which you are willing to sacrifice?  How does seeing a greater future value make you feel about giving up something that has a temporary value?  Is there anything more valuable to you than an eternity with God?

I’ve not yet met anyone who has been able to have everything they wanted at no cost to them.  Much of our life seems to be spent evaluating our priorities and determining what we’re willing to give up in order to have the things we really want.  It is in relationship with God that we begin to see the true value of things and discover that giving up temporary treasures for that which is eternal is worth it no matter the cost.  Jesus made it clear in His life and teaching that being His disciple came with a huge cost, yet denying self and dying with Christ yields an outcome that far surpasses the sacrifice of everything we have.

As you pray about being called to sacrifice, ask God to reveal to you anything which you still cling to that has become more important than Him.  Pray that you would consider giving up everything you are and everything you have as being a small sacrifice compared to the surpassing riches of His glory.  Pray for the courage to not only surrender the entirety of your life to Christ, but in that surrender to allow Him to use everything under your care for His purposes and glory.

In prayer,

Tom  

Encouragement & Prayer (5/24/20)

 

This is the audio from the May 24, 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 a Peacemaker

Here Am I: Called To Be a Peacemaker

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 10 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-two with an important reminder that you, and those around you, have been called by God to be a peacemaker.

Called To Be a Peacemaker

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
Matthew 5:9 (NIV)

Does your presence in a situation tend to increase the peace or the conflict?  Why?  How does your response to God’s call to peace influence your ability to be a peacemaker?  Are there people in your life who have been difficult for you to make peace with?  Why?  Is it always possible to be at peace with everyone?  Explain.  What does it take for you to be at peace with God?  With others?  How can you apply those things to being one who helps others to have peace with God, with you, and with one another?

When we live with the peace that only God can give, He expects us to find ways to make peace even with our enemies.  While peace is a two-sided proposition and we can’t force someone to a position of peace with us, our responsibility is to do our part as far as peace depends upon us.  It is often through the process of listening and forgiveness that we find peace with God and one another and we are able to help others know the peace that comes from God.  Living as a peacemaker among people becomes a much easier task when we first have peace with God and work at helping people find peace with Him.

As you pray about being a peacemaker, ask God to help you know exactly what it is that has brought peace into your life.  Pray that you would grow in both listening and forgiving as you make peace with the people around you.  Pray that you would have the humility necessary to be available as a peacemaker to those who are caught up in the midst of conflict.  Pray for the persistence needed to keep at it when the going gets difficult and peace seems elusive.

In prayer,

Tom  

Encouragement & Prayer (5/23/20)

 

This is the audio from the May 23, 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 Peace

Here Am I: Called To Peace

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 11 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-one with an important reminder that you, and those around you, have been called by God to a life of peace.

Called To Peace

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Colossians 3:15 (NIV)

How much peace do you feel in your life at the moment?  What do you feel are the causes for that level of peace?  Why?  Does living with peace require the successful resolution of all conflict?  Explain.  What role does being thankful have in experiencing peace in all circumstances?  Are there specific things that seem to repeatedly rob you of peace?  Why?  How can identifying those things, and how God was with you the last time those things happened, help you to have greater peace when they reoccur?

The cares of this world seem to do a pretty good job at disrupting the peace God wants us to live with.  Since there is no magic wand to get rid of those cares, God calls us to a peace that surpasses all understanding.  In the midst of conflict and discouraging circumstances, we can find peace in knowing God has been present before, during, and after all of the things that try to steal our peace.  His presence will carry us through the conflicts of life with the peace of knowing the troubles are only temporary.  When we live out this sacred calling of peace, we find that our relationship with God, and with others, is transformed.

As you pray about being called to peace, ask God to remind you of His presence during the times He seems most distant.  Pray that you would trust in God’s promises when the cares of this world try to destroy the peace He has called you to.  Pray that you would have courage in facing conflicts which are beyond your control with a peace that can only come from God.  Pray about how your faith will allow you to see God at work in the midst of difficult and trying times.

In prayer,

Tom  

Encouragement & Prayer (5/22/20)

 

This is the audio from the May 22, 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