Encouragement and Prayer: Strength Through Weakness (01/27/21)

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This is the audio from the January 27, 2021 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

Serving God: Strength Through Weakness

Serving God: Strength Through Weakness

It is my prayer that every Christian recognizes the importance of serving God through the way we serve others.  There are few things, if any, that are as emotionally exhilarating, and draining, as the task of serving others.  Having worked in a variety of ministry settings, including various roles within Christian camp ministry, I understand the excitement that often comes with the beginning of a new ministry or ministry season.  I also understand the weariness than can develop when our focus begins to drift away from the ministry of serving and onto ourselves.

This is day five in the third week of devotions from the book, “Serving God: Devotions for Active Worship”.  This devotional book is laid out in thirteen weeks of daily devotions with each week wrapped around an aspect of how we can serve others.  Each of these devotions are designed to help a person spend time with God to see how serving others is an act of worship.

Serving God:
Strength Through Weakness

But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV)

What is your greatest weakness?  Is your answer the same as what others would say is your weakness?  Do you tend to serve through that aspect of your life or do you try to avoid it and concentrate on the things you feel you are good at?  Who do you think receives the most credit when you serve out of your strength?  How about when you serve out of  your weakness?

I’m afraid of people.  To say I am shy would be a huge understatement.  Some people seem to gain energy when surrounded by people, I become filled with fear.  Yet it is out of this weakness that I find God doing great work as I serve obediently in a preaching and teaching ministry.  Because I have no confidence in my ability to speak in a public gathering, I must rely on the power and strength of God’s Spirit to use my weakness for the benefit of the kingdom.  Yes, God can use your strengths — He’s the one who gave them to you.  But He also seems to excel in using what you perceive as a weakness in order to reveal His strength through you.

As you pray, ask God to use your weaknesses to reveal His strength to those you serve.  Pray that He is seen in all you do.

In prayer,

Tom

Encouragement and Prayer: Strength To the End (01/26/21)

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This is the audio from the January 26, 2021 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

Serving God: Strength To the End

Serving God: Strength To the End

It is my prayer that every Christian recognizes the importance of serving God through the way we serve others.  There are few things, if any, that are as emotionally exhilarating, and draining, as the task of serving others.  Having worked in a variety of ministry settings, including various roles within Christian camp ministry, I understand the excitement that often comes with the beginning of a new ministry or ministry season.  I also understand the weariness than can develop when our focus begins to drift away from the ministry of serving and onto ourselves.

This is day four in the third week of devotions from the book, “Serving God: Devotions for Active Worship”.  This devotional book is laid out in thirteen weeks of daily devotions with each week wrapped around an aspect of how we can serve others.  Each of these devotions are designed to help a person spend time with God to see how serving others is an act of worship.

Serving God:
Strength To the End

Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.  He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.  God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.
1 Corinthians 1:7-9 (NIV)

Are you good at finishing what you start?  Are you more excited about starting something or finishing it?  Do you ever get tired of serving?  What gives you the strength to keep going?  Have you ever quit something only to find out later that completing it would not have been as difficult as you had imagined?  Has anyone ever given up on you?  Have you given up on someone that you should be serving?  How do you know when your task of serving is over?

I love to hike but sometimes my eagerness to see some great natural beauty causes me to head out on a trail without fully comprehending just how long it is.  There have been times when I became so weary that I turned around before reaching my intended destination.  There have been other times when I would be telling my  hiking companions, “Let’s keep going.  It can’t be much farther now!”  For me there is something special about reaching that intended destination after pressing on when quitting seemed easier.

As you pray, ask God to help you keep the intended finish in mind as you serve.  Pray that you would see your service to others in perspective of God’s bigger picture.

In prayer,

Tom

Encouragement and Prayer: Strength Through Hope (01/25/21)

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This is the audio from the January 25, 2021 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

Serving God: Strength Through Hope

Serving God: Strength Through Hope

It is my prayer that every Christian recognizes the importance of serving God through the way we serve others.  There are few things, if any, that are as emotionally exhilarating, and draining, as the task of serving others.  Having worked in a variety of ministry settings, including various roles within Christian camp ministry, I understand the excitement that often comes with the beginning of a new ministry or ministry season.  I also understand the weariness than can develop when our focus begins to drift away from the ministry of serving and onto ourselves.

This is day three in the third week of devotions from the book, “Serving God: Devotions for Active Worship”.  This devotional book is laid out in thirteen weeks of daily devotions with each week wrapped around an aspect of how we can serve others.  Each of these devotions are designed to help a person spend time with God to see how serving others is an act of worship.

Serving God:
Strength Through Hope

Love the LORD, all his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful, but the proud he pays back in full.  Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.
Psalm 31:23-24 (NIV)

What do you hope that your serving will accomplish?  In what ways can hope give you the strength to keep serving?  Have you ever had a time when you lost hope?  Do you serve people who seem to have lost hope?  What does a lack of hope do to the difficulty level of life?  How much damage can a misplaced hope cause?  Where is the one place you can put your hope in that will never disappoint?  How deliberate are you in sharing that hope with those you serve?

When in the presence of hospitals and blood, I have a tendency to lose strength and pass out.  Yet I’ve discovered that hope can help me overcome that weakness and do what needs done.  A number of years ago, my daughter was fighting for her life and in need of daily dialysis for a time.  I found myself filled with the strength to sit at her bedside holding the lines through which all of her blood was flowing because of the hope that she would be made well.  When we allow God to fill us with the hope that He can change the lives of those we serve, we too can gain strength we didn’t know possible.

As you pray, ask God to fill you with a hope that only He can give.  Pray for a hope that endures all things.

In prayer,

Tom

Encouragement and Prayer: Strength Through Patience (01/24/21)

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This is the audio from the January 24, 2021 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

Serving God: Strength Through Patience

Serving God: Strength Through Patience

It is my prayer that every Christian recognizes the importance of serving God through the way we serve others.  There are few things, if any, that are as emotionally exhilarating, and draining, as the task of serving others.  Having worked in a variety of ministry settings, including various roles within Christian camp ministry, I understand the excitement that often comes with the beginning of a new ministry or ministry season.  I also understand the weariness than can develop when our focus begins to drift away from the ministry of serving and onto ourselves.

This is day two in the third week of devotions from the book, “Serving God: Devotions for Active Worship”.  This devotional book is laid out in thirteen weeks of daily devotions with each week wrapped around an aspect of how we can serve others.  Each of these devotions are designed to help a person spend time with God to see how serving others is an act of worship.

Serving God:
Strength Through Patience

I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.  Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
Psalm 27:13-14 (NIV)

Are you a patient person?  Would the people you serve with say you are a patient person?  How valuable do you view patience to be in the lives of people around you?  Do you typically view patient people as strong people? Why?  How often do most things happen when you want them to?  How much strength does it take to live with patience?  Is it easy or difficult for you to wait on the Lord? 

While they say patience is a virtue, it seems to be a virtue very few seek.  If you start to wonder about the patience level of people in general, try waiting just 2 seconds at a traffic light after it turns green — or have something keep you from responding immediately to a co-worker’s request.  Or have them not be able to respond immediately to you.  Too often, the impatience we have with people is also displayed in our struggle to have the strength required to wait for the Lord.

As you pray, ask God to fill you with the peace and strength necessary to serve with patience.  Pray that you would learn to have patience not only with those you serve, but also with those you serve alongside.  Pray that waiting for God’s perfect timing will teach you patience in your interactions with others.

In prayer,

Tom