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

Here Am I:  Called To Love

Here Am I: Called To Love

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 12 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 with an important reminder that you, and those around you, have been called by God to love.

Called To Love

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
John 15:12 (NIV)

Who do you love?  Do they know it?  How?  How does being loved change the way you love?  What does it mean to love someone?  Does that look different based on who it is?  Explain.  Does the love God wants you to have for others always look like what the other person wants it to?  Why?  Are there people you don’t want to love?  Why?  How does experiencing God’s love for you help you to love people that may be difficult to love?  What would God want you to do differently today that would be a response to His call to love others?

While this may seem at first to be the same topic as the previous devotion, God’s calling to love is the giving aspect compared to the receiving that is done in being loved.  Loving people God’s way will always look out for their best even when doing so is not appreciated or desired.  Godly love is a giving of our self in order to lift someone else up.  Not only has God given us this sacred calling to love, but He demonstrated just how to do that through the sending of His Son to express His love for us.  Loving the hard to love is possible only when you realize just how much God has loved you.

As you pray about being called to love, ask God to help you notice the things that people actually need.  Pray that you would look to God for the strength and courage to love people you don’t like.  Pray that you would do the hard work of loving those who are difficult to love.  Pray that God would remind you of His great love for you even when you were living as His enemy.  Pray that your love for people would help others to know a God who loves them fully.

In prayer,

Tom  

Encouragement & Prayer (5/21/20)

 

This is the audio from the May 21, 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 Loved

Here Am I: Called To Be Loved

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 13 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 nineteen with an important reminder that you, and those around you, have been called by God to be loved.

Called To Be Loved

Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James, To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.
Jude 1:1-2 (NIV)

How loved do you feel?  Why?  Do you ever think you are unlovable?  Why?  What does it take to make you feel loved?  Does that change based on who the love is coming from?  Why?  Is unconditional love the same as unconditional approval?  Explain.  How does the love you have experienced from people influence your view of God’s love?  Should it?  How does knowing that God Himself has called you to be loved by Him change the way you experience His love?  Will living as one loved by God change you?  Why?

Sometimes the person we think most undeserving of being loved is our self.  While there may be a lot of factors which lead us to believe that, the truth is that God has called each of us to be loved by Him!  Our actions do matter to God but not in the sense that they increase or decrease His love for us.  Even the best love that we experience from people pales in comparison to the purity of the love that only God can give.  When God says that He so loved the world that He gave, He means that He loves you and I now and He loved us when we were dead in our sins.  Living as one loved by God is indeed a sacred calling.

As you pray about being loved, ask God to bring healing to whatever is in your life that tries to convince you that you are unlovable.  Pray that you would seek to please God because of His love rather than seeking God’s love by pleasing Him.  Pray that any doubts you may have about God’s love for you would be dispelled as you respond to His call to be loved.  Pray for the courage to live as one loved by God as you represent Him to people who need to experience that same love.

In prayer,

Tom  

Encouragement & Prayer (5/20/20)

 

This is the audio from the May 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

Here Am I:  Called To Live In Hope

Here Am I: Called To Live In Hope

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 14 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 eighteen with an important reminder that you, and those around you, have been called by God into His glorious light.

Called To Live In Hope

“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.  There is one body and one Spirit — just as you were called to one hope when you were called.
Ephesians 4:3-4 (NIV)

What does hope mean to you?  How do you usually use the word?  Do you think that is what God means when He calls you to live in hope?  Explain.  When is hope most needed?  Have you ever been discouraged — perhaps even now?  How does hope help you to see that your current circumstances are not permanent?  Has anyone ever tried to encourage you with a hope that you knew was iffy at best?  Did it help?  Why?  How does living with one hope differ from what the world offers when it comes to hope?

In a world filled with self-help books and podcasts covering just about any situation imaginable, true hope seems to be a rather elusive thing for many who desperately need it.  In our efforts to make sense of a messed-up world, there is only one source that offers real hope in the midst of troubling times.  When God calls us to live in hope, it is in the context of being united with Him in a way that ought to unite us with one another.  The one hope that can carry us through anything is the assured hope that is available through Jesus Christ.  When we live in this hope, we live with something the world both wants and needs.

As you pray about being called to live in hope, ask God to help you to see the various things you have tried to put your hope in.  Pray that you would set aside the world’s view of hope so that you could live in the one hope that God calls you to.  Pray for the courage to share true hope with others even when they think they can find a better hope elsewhere.  Pray that your hope in Jesus would help you live in greater unity with others.

In prayer,

Tom