Encouragement and Prayer:  A God Who Hears My Thoughts! (10/14/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: A God Who Hears My Thoughts! (10/14/21)

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This is the audio from the October 14, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea; hear me and answer me.  My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught.”
Psalm 55:1-2 (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 for words which would accurately express yourself to God.  Pray that you would find comfort in knowing that God can hear your thoughts even when you are unsure of how to express them to Him.  Pray for God’s help in taking every thought captive as you realize He hears those thoughts.

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 God Who Hears My Words! (10/13/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: A God Who Hears My Words! (10/13/21)

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This is the audio from the October 13, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth.”
Psalm 54:2 (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 for words which would accurately express yourself to God.  Pray that God would set a guard over you mouth so the words that He hears would be pleasing to Him and beneficial to others.  Pray that your speech would be filled with such purity that you boldly ask God to hear the words of 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 God Who Hears My Integrity! (10/12/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: A God Who Hears My Integrity! (10/12/21)

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This is the audio from the October 12, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“Hear, O LORD, my righteous plea; listen to my cry.  Give ear to my prayer — it does not rise from deceitful lips.”
Psalm 17:1 (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 with integrity in all things so that no deceit would be found in your conversations with God.  Pray that God would purify your life and your prayers as you seek to communicate in all righteousness.

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 God Who Hears My Requests! (10/11/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: A God Who Hears My Requests! (10/11/21)

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This is the audio from the October 11, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me.
From the depths of the grave I called for help,
and you listened to my cry.”

Jonah 2:2 (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 who is not only heard by God, but also as one who is listened to.  Pray that this awareness of God hearing you would help you to be more consistent in talking with Him and in listening to Him.  Pray for the courage to cry out to God no matter what circumstances you find yourself in.  Pray that God would help you be one who hears others as you seek to reflect His nature to the people around you.

“In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”
Psalm 5:3 (NIV)

Pray that your consistency in making your requests known to God would grow as your faith in Him hearing those requests also grows.  Pray that you would learn the value of both expecting and waiting as you trust God to hear your requests.

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: ACT Justly (Sermon Audio)

What Does God Want: ACT Justly (Sermon Audio)

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This is the audio and outline from the October 10, 2021 sermon, “What Does God Want: ACT Justly”, shared by Tom Lemler at the Goshen Christian Church.

Text:  Micah 6:8, Matthew 23:23, Isaiah 56:1-2

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 first of those three things, that we would act justly.

Learning to act justly requires that we learn God’s view of right and wrong and His view of justice which always centers around making things right.  Being able to act justly means that we will need to develop a(n)  . . .

  • Acceptance of Justice.  Proverbs 21:3, Isaiah 56:1-2
    • Because justice deals with righteousness and morality, it is important that we accept God’s definitions of right and wrong in order to know and accept His view of justice.  Many times when we experience wrong done toward us, we cry out and claim we want justice when often what we really want is revenge and retribution.  While God’s laws are often clear about punishment and consequences for wrongdoing, woven throughout all of it is a desire that individuals would repent and make things right.  In fact, if our view of justice is the popular “everyone should get what they deserve” mentality then we have doomed ourselves to eternal separation from God.  It is through our acceptance of God’s view of justice that we find He has made a way through Jesus for us to be right with Him.
  • Commitment of Justice.  Psalm 106:3, Ezekiel 18:21
    • Accepting God’s view of justice for our self is only the beginning to our being able to act justly.  A commitment to justice done God’s way is needed by us in every part of our life.  Jesus taught that the forgiveness that we receive is proportional to the forgiveness we give to others.  This commitment to making things right will lead us to turn from the ways of sin to walk in obedience to God’s Word.  We act justly when our relationships with one another are built on a desire and practice of making things right between us regardless of who might be at fault in whatever differences we may have.
  • Teaching of Justice.  Isaiah 1:17, Romans 3:21-26
    • Accepting and committing to justice is good, but as with all good things God brings into our life, He wants us to be involved in teaching others the things we have learned.  We teach others when we treat them fairly when no one else will and they want to know why we’re different.  We teach others when we go out of our way to make things right with them when we could have easily ignored the situation between us.  God has made it clear that He has taken care of the offense between us and Him by being both just and the one who justifies.  God wasn’t the one who did wrong in the relationship between us and Him, but He is the One who stepped in and made things right through the blood of His Son, Jesus.  We act justly when we swallow our pride and teach others through our example of being forgiven so we can forgive others..

How will your ACT of Justice help you to act justly today?

Who do you need to make things right with today?

Encouragement and Prayer:  Ever-Present As You Were Formed! (10/08/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: Ever-Present As You Were Formed! (10/08/21)

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This is the audio from the October 8, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
Psalm 139:13 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will have us praying about God’s presence being everywhere — even in those places we go to try to hide from Him.  While God promises to be “an ever-present help in time of need”, there are times we either try to run from God or feel we have somehow escaped His notice and are no longer able to be helped.

As you pray this week, ask God to help you live with a greater awareness of His presence — both in the times you want to be in His presence and in the times you think you are hidden.  Pray that you would always know the great value you have as one knit together by God.  Pray that you would value life because of God’s presence in its creation.  Pray about how God would have you live in ways that acknowledge His presence as you were being formed.

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:  Ever-Present In Darkness and In Light! (10/07/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: Ever-Present In Darkness and In Light! (10/07/21)

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This is the audio from the October 7, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,’ even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”
Psalm 139:11-12 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will have us praying about God’s presence being everywhere — even in those places we go to try to hide from Him.  While God promises to be “an ever-present help in time of need”, there are times we either try to run from God or feel we have somehow escaped His notice and are no longer able to be helped.

As you pray this week, ask God to help you live with a greater awareness of His presence — both in the times you want to be in His presence and in the times you think you are hidden.  Pray that the light of God’s presence would illuminate your path in the darkness of this world.  Pray that your life would be a light to others because of God’s presence in 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:  Ever-Present from Horizon to Horizon! (10/06/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: Ever-Present from Horizon to Horizon! (10/06/21)

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This is the audio from the October 6, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”
Psalm 139:9-10 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will have us praying about God’s presence being everywhere — even in those places we go to try to hide from Him.  While God promises to be “an ever-present help in time of need”, there are times we either try to run from God or feel we have somehow escaped His notice and are no longer able to be helped.

As you pray this week, ask God to help you live with a greater awareness of His presence — both in the times you want to be in His presence and in the times you think you are hidden.  Pray that you would know the presence of God in every place that you go.  Pray about how God would have you to share in His presence everywhere you go.  Pray that you would be guided by God’s presence.

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

In prayer,
Tom