Encouragement and Prayer:  Compassion for the Sick! (10/27/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: Compassion for the Sick! (10/27/21)

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This is the audio from the October 27, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.”
Matthew 14:14 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis returns to a focus on compassion as we take another look at God through the book of Jonah.  Sometimes we are like Jonah who seemed to be okay with God’s compassion toward him but wasn’t too fond of God having compassion toward his enemies.  God’s desire is that we would grow in compassion not just toward those “on our side”, but toward all people everywhere.

As you pray this week, ask God to help  you grow in your understanding and appreciation for His compassion.  Pray for eyes that see people who are hurting and for a heart that is moved to compassion for them.  Pray that you would find ways to minister to and serve the sick.  Pray that your compassion for them would be genuine and helpful.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page.

In prayer,
Tom

Encouragement and Prayer:  Compassion for the Helpless! (10/26/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: Compassion for the Helpless! (10/26/21)

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This is the audio from the October 26, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.”
Jonah 4:2 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis returns to a focus on compassion as we take another look at God through the book of Jonah.  Sometimes we are like Jonah who seemed to be okay with God’s compassion toward him but wasn’t too fond of God having compassion toward his enemies.  God’s desire is that we would grow in compassion not just toward those “on our side”, but toward all people everywhere.

As you pray this week, ask God to help  you grow in your understanding and appreciation for His compassion.  Pray that you would not only know the compassion of God, but that you would represent that compassion to others in the way you treat them.  Pray for God’s help in reflecting His characteristics more fully as you practice being “slow to anger and abounding in love”.  Pray that the people around you would experience the compassion of God from Him . . . and from you!

Compassion for the Helpless

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”
Matthew 9:36 (NIV)

Pray that you would know the compassion of God as the Good Shepherd of all who know and follow His voice.  Pray that you would have a heart of compassion for the people around you who have no spiritual leader.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page.

In prayer,
Tom

Encouragement and Prayer:  A Belief that Leads Obeys! (10/21/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: A Belief that Leads Obeys! (10/21/21)

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This is the audio from the October 21, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.”
Acts 8:12 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will have us praying about responding to God with belief.  It has been said that we can tell what a person really believes by closely observing what they do.  While our words may say what we want to believe, our actions tend to reflect our true beliefs.

As you pray this week, ask God to help you refine and solidify what you know and believe about Him.  Pray that your response to belief about the good news of God’s kingdom would always lead to obedience.  Pray for the courage to obey God’s Word simply because you believe Him.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page.

In prayer,
Tom

Encouragement and Prayer:  A Belief that Leads to Worship! (10/20/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: A Belief that Leads to Worship! (10/20/21)

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This is the audio from the October 20, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“Then the man said, ‘Lord, I believe,’ and he worshiped him.”
John 9:38 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will have us praying about responding to God with belief.  It has been said that we can tell what a person really believes by closely observing what they do.  While our words may say what we want to believe, our actions tend to reflect our true beliefs.

As you pray this week, ask God to help you refine and solidify what you know and believe about Him.  Pray that the things you know and believe about God would always lead you to an attitude of worship.  Pray that others would know about your belief in God by the way you live a life that worships Him.  Pray for the courage to worship God at all times no matter where you are.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page.

In prayer,
Tom

Encouragement and Prayer:  A Belief that Can Grow! (10/19/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: A Belief that Can Grow! (10/19/21)

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This is the audio from the October 19, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!’”
Mark 9:24 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will have us praying about responding to God with belief.  It has been said that we can tell what a person really believes by closely observing what they do.  While our words may say what we want to believe, our actions tend to reflect our true beliefs.

As you pray this week, ask God to help you refine and solidify what you know and believe about Him.  Pray that you would be aware of both your strengths and weaknesses in the area of believing God.  Pray that your desire to believe would not keep you from admitting times of unbelief.  Pray that you would always call out to God for help in growing through any areas of unbelief.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page.

In prayer,
Tom

Encouragement and Prayer:  A Belief that Leads to Repentance! (10/18/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: A Belief that Leads to Repentance! (10/18/21)

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This is the audio from the October 18, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“The Ninevites believed God. They declared a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.”
Jonah 3:5 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will have us praying about responding to God with belief.  It has been said that we can tell what a person really believes by closely observing what they do.  While our words may say what we want to believe, our actions tend to reflect our true beliefs.

As you pray this week, ask God to help you refine and solidify what you know and believe about Him.  Pray that you would grow with God’s help in your times of disbelief.  Pray that your response to God and His Word would show those around you that you really believe what God says.  Pray that your life would reflect what you say you believe about God.  Pray for wisdom in the way you share your belief in God with others so that they too would believe.  Pray that you would not only have a belief in God, but that you would gaze into His Word and actually believe what He says.

A Belief that Leads to Repentance

“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!”
Mark 1:15 (NIV)

Pray that you would believe God when it comes to knowing what is right and wrong.  Pray that today would be the time to know the nearness of God.  Pray for hearts that would respond in repentance to a belief in the good news about Jesus.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page.

In prayer,
Tom

What Does God Want: LOVE Mercy (Sermon Audio)

What Does God Want: LOVE Mercy (Sermon Audio)

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This is the audio and outline from the October 17, 2021 sermon, “What Does God Want: LOVE Mercy”, shared by Tom Lemler at the Goshen Christian Church.

Text:  Micah 6:8, Matthew 23:23, Luke 10:37

I suspect we have all had our share of conversations and questions about what God wants and how to know His will.  Many of those discussions I have been involved with have often included an element of a person wanting to justify their own actions by either claiming they are doing what God wants or by saying what He wants is so elusive that it doesn’t matter.  Many times we try to get so specific about the details of life that we miss the big picture that God has stated clearly in His Word.  In fact, God said through the prophet Micah three things the Lord requires that ought to form the basis for our understanding of His will.  Today we look at the second of those three things, that we would love mercy.

For many people, the level of loving mercy tends to depend on whether we are in need of mercy or if we are expected to show mercy.  To a man who was attempting to justify himself to Jesus by his goodness, Jesus tells the story we know as the story of the Good Samaritan.  When asked who the neighbor was to the man who had been beaten and robbed, the expert in the law said it was the one who showed mercy.  Jesus confirms that it was the right answer by telling the man to “go and do likewise.”  We grow in learning and doing what God wants when we  . . .

  • Learn Mercy.  Matthew 9:13
    • I suspect that to really become good at loving mercy, we need to learn what mercy is.  The religious leaders of the day had missed it so much that Jesus told them to go and learn what scripture means when it says, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.”  When we learn God’s desire for us to be merciful is greater than His desire for our sacrificial offerings, we get a glimpse into how much He would have us to be merciful in order to reflect His mercy to those around us.  Learning mercy should lead us into a greater understanding of just how lost we are as an individual without God’s mercy. No matter how good we are, or how good we think we are, we need to learn that the sin which separates us from God is far greater than anything we could ever hope to take care of on our own.  It is God’s mercy, the withholding of the punishment we deserve, that ought to teach us the most about showing mercy to others.
  • Observe Mercy.  Psalm 123:2
    • When we lift our eyes toward God and gaze intently into His word, we ought to find our self looking directly into the source of mercy.  Throughout scripture we find God consistently looking for people who would accept His mercy.  We observe mercy as we see God calling and using people in the Bible that would call out to Him in need of mercy and forgiveness.  I believe God also wants us to be able to look around today and observe mercy being shown in a variety of ways and settings.  Given the nature of most news sources today, life is full of examples of wickedness and evil to be observed with little to no effort on our part.  It takes work to look for, find, and observe the many examples of mercy that surround us unnoticed each day.  When we choose to fill our minds with the acts of mercy that take place, we find that our love of mercy grows.
  • Value Mercy.  Luke 6:46
    • While many people define priorities as those things we believe to be important, the practical definition of priorities has more to do with the things we actually do.  Saying something is important but not doing it gives a mixed message at best and shows that you don’t really value that practice as much as you claim.  Because mercy is important to Jesus, and extended to us by Jesus, we show we value the things He values when we extend the same mercy to others that we ourselves have received from God.  Our life needs to be more than just lip service to the idea of mercy — we need to value mercy to the point that we realize we simply cannot live without both giving and receiving it.
  • Encourage Mercy.  James 2:12-13
    • When we love mercy as God desires for us to, we will find ourselves encouraging mercy everywhere we go.  In a world filled with self-proclaimed experts, forgiveness and mercy become rare commodities because no one believes they need them.  We encourage mercy when we “speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom”.  We must learn to see “mercy triumphs over judgment” as a way of life, not just a saying.  We encourage mercy when we accept it and when we give it.  The warning that “judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful” ought to be pretty strong encouragement to all of us when it comes to loving, and practicing, mercy.

How will you LOVE mercy today?

When it comes to mercy, what do you need to Learn, Observe, Value, and/or Encourage?

Encouragement and Prayer:  A God Who Hears My Promises! (10/15/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: A God Who Hears My Promises! (10/15/21)

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This is the audio from the October 15, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“For you have heard my vows, O God; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.”
Psalm 61:5 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will have us praying about knowing a God who  hears.  It is a great comfort to know God’s promise that no matter where we are, He will be found by us when we seek Him with a whole heart.  He can be found by us because He hears us from wherever we are.

As you pray this week, ask God to help you grow in a confidence that He not only hears you, but that He wants to hear you!  Pray that you would live as one whose promises are heard by God.  Pray that you would be careful and deliberate about the things you promise to God and to others.  Pray that your respect of God would help you to find strength in Him to keep your promises.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page.

In prayer,
Tom