Encouragement and Prayer:  A New Yearning Of the Soul! (01/26/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: A New Yearning Of the Soul! (01/26/22)

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This is the audio from the January 26, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you.”
Isaiah 26:9 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will conclude a three week focus on living with a new CRY as we pray about having a new yearning.  Just as our actions follow our thoughts, our commitment and resolve tend to follow our deepest held desires.  What are you longing for the most this week?  God wants all of our longings to flow from our yearning for Him so that He is in all, through all, and above all in everything we seek.

As you pray this week, ask God to help you accurately evaluate the things you yearn for.  Pray that your longing for God would rise from the very depths of your soul.  Pray for a growing desire that seeks God during every moment of your life.  Pray that the yearning of your soul would not only draw you to God at all times, but would also help others see how God fills you.

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 New Yearning To Receive From God! (01/25/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: A New Yearning To Receive From God! (01/25/22)

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This is the audio from the January 25, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“I spread out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.”
Psalm 143:6 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will conclude a three week focus on living with a new CRY as we pray about having a new yearning.  Just as our actions follow our thoughts, our commitment and resolve tend to follow our deepest held desires.  What are you longing for the most this week?  God wants all of our longings to flow from our yearning for Him so that He is in all, through all, and above all in everything we seek.

As you pray this week, ask God to help you accurately evaluate the things you yearn for.  Pray that you would approach God with open hands as you long to receive what only He can give.  Pray that you would yearn for the things of God more than you long for all other things.  Pray that your soul would be satisfied with all good things as you go to God with open hands.

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 New Yearning For God’s Presence! (01/24/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: A New Yearning For God’s Presence! (01/24/22)

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This is the audio from the January 24, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty!
My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.”

Psalm 84:1-2 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will conclude a three week focus on living with a new CRY as we pray about having a new yearning.  Just as our actions follow our thoughts, our commitment and resolve tend to follow our deepest held desires.  What are you longing for the most this week?  God wants all of our longings to flow from our yearning for Him so that He is in all, through all, and above all in everything we seek.

As you pray this week, ask God to help you accurately evaluate the things you yearn for.  Pray that your longing for Him would grow each day.  Pray for a reordering of your priorities so that your heart and flesh would cry out for the living God in all circumstances.  Pray that you would be more in tune with the things that matter to God and are expressed to us from His heart.  Pray that crying out with a new yearning would help you to treat others as Jesus would as you lift Him up at all times.

“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.  When can I go and meet with God?”
Psalm 42:2 (NIV)

Pray that you would grow in your yearning to meet with God on your own and in fellowship with others.  Pray that you would always know the nearness of God and His desire for you to meet with Him.  Pray that you would share with others the benefit of longing for God.

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

In prayer,
Tom

Choose LIFE! (Sermon Audio)

Choose LIFE! (Sermon Audio)

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This is the audio from the January 16, 2022 sermon, “Choose LIFE!”, shared by Tom Lemler at the Deer Run Church of Christ.

Text:  John 10:10, Deuteronomy 30:11-20

In our existence here on earth, God calls for each one of us to have life to the full as we . . .

  • Choose Love.  Deuteronomy 30:15-16, Proverbs 21:21
    • The choice that God sets before us between life and death is a call for each of us to choose love.  Jesus made it clear that the greatest of all God’s commands is to love the Lord God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength and then to love our neighbor like we love our self.  The reason these are the greatest of all the commands is because they provide the foundation for all else.  We choose life to the full when we choose love in everything we do.
  • Choose Inclusion.  Deuteronomy 30:11-14, Acts 2:39
    • Before you start thinking that perhaps this choice of life is only for a select few, God makes it clear that He has set this choice before everyone.  Choosing inclusion doesn’t mean that everything goes or that there are no standards of right and wrong.  Rather, it is a choice to acknowledge God’s invitation to choose life is for all who would accept it.  When we choose inclusion, we set no limits on who we will share with about Jesus.  We choose life to the full when we choose inclusion for all who would seek God.
  • Choose Faithfulness & Forgiveness.  Deuteronomy 30:17-18, James 1:12
    • Throughout scripture we find God informing us of the benefits that come from a life of faithfulness . . . and the consequences of being unfaithful.  The good news is that God is always faithful and will always keep His promise to be found by us when we seek Him with a whole heart.  His faithfulness to forgive give us a fresh start whenever we come to Him in repentance.  We choose life to the full when we choose to live a forgiven life that pursues faithfulness to God in all that we do.
  • Choose Encouragement.  Deuteronomy 30:19-20, Hebrews 3:12-13
    • Life can be very difficult.  While most people don’t like for it to be known or visible, it seems we all face struggles of various kinds . . . in fact, Jesus told us we would.  One of the often used tools of the enemy against us is to make us feel isolated in the midst of our discouragement.  We allow busyness and distractions to not only isolate us from the encouragement we need, but to also keep us from encouraging others as we ought.  God give us one another so that we can lift up the one who is down, strengthen the one who is week, and encourage the one who is discouraged.  We choose life to the full when we choose today to encourage someone else and when we choose today to accept encouragement from others.

Today God has set before you life and death, will you choose LIFE?

Encouragement and Prayer:  A New Resolve To Know Christ! (01/21/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: A New Resolve To Know Christ! (01/21/22)

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This is the audio from the January 21, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”
1 Corinthians 2:2 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will be about living with a new, or renewed, resolve.  Sometimes we make new and right commitments but we lack the resolve to follow through as we ought.  God’s desire is that we set our eyes on things above and press on with a resolve to never give up.  Living with a new resolve equips us to follow through with our commitment to the things of God.

As you pray this week, ask God to help you know the things that you need to work on and to give you the resolve to press on in those matters.  Pray that your resolve to know Christ would be the pinnacle of the things you desire.  Pray that a knowledge of Christ would be the foundation for the way you interact with others.  Pray that Jesus would be the one thing you find most important to share with the people you spend time with.

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 New Resolve To Purity of Body! (01/20/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: A New Resolve To Purity of Body! (01/20/22)

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This is the audio from the January 20, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.”
Daniel 1:8 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will be about living with a new, or renewed, resolve.  Sometimes we make new and right commitments but we lack the resolve to follow through as we ought.  God’s desire is that we set our eyes on things above and press on with a resolve to never give up.  Living with a new resolve equips us to follow through with our commitment to the things of God.

As you pray this week, ask God to help you know the things that you need to work on and to give you the resolve to press on in those matters.  Pray for the courage to resist peer pressure when it comes to living with purity.  Pray for wisdom to see through the temptations the world deems as acceptable.  Pray for a greater resolve to remain pure.

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 New Resolve To Purity of Speech! (01/19/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: A New Resolve To Purity of Speech! (01/19/22)

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This is the audio from the January 19, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“Though you probe my heart and examine me at night, though you test me, you will find nothing; I have resolved that my mouth will not sin.”
Psalm 17:3 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will be about living with a new, or renewed, resolve.  Sometimes we make new and right commitments but we lack the resolve to follow through as we ought.  God’s desire is that we set our eyes on things above and press on with a resolve to never give up.  Living with a new resolve equips us to follow through with our commitment to the things of God.

As you pray this week, ask God to help you know the things that you need to work on and to give you the resolve to press on in those matters.  Pray for a heart that is willingly opened to God for His examination and purification.  Pray that your heart would be filled with the presence of God so that no sin would be found in what overflows through your mouth.

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 New Resolve To Seek God! (01/18/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: A New Resolve To Seek God! (01/18/22)

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This is the audio from the January 18, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the LORD, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah.”
2 Chronicles 20:3 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will be about living with a new, or renewed, resolve.  Sometimes we make new and right commitments but we lack the resolve to follow through as we ought.  God’s desire is that we set our eyes on things above and press on with a resolve to never give up.  Living with a new resolve equips us to follow through with our commitment to the things of God.

As you pray this week, ask God to help you know the things that you need to work on and to give you the resolve to press on in those matters.  Pray that you would be convicted of a need to seek God in all things.  Pray that your resolve to seek God would be something you take very seriously.  Pray that you would allow God to lead you into times dedicated to seeking Him with no distractions.

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

In prayer,
Tom