Praying in Times of Uncertainty

Praying in times of uncertainty, such as we are currently facing in the midst of this COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, can be difficult because the actual facts of what is going on is difficult to distinguish from all of the opinions — both negative and positive.  The following photo, and text version below it, outlines some of what I’ve been praying in regard to our current situation and was written to help individuals have some “starting points” in their conversations with God as they responded to the president’s call for a national day of prayer on Sunday, March 15, 2020. 

COVID Prayer

Praying in the midst of uncertainty.

  • I pray that the virus would weaken and its spread would be halted. 
  • I pray that God would be with those who become ill and that they would seek out His presence to be their stronghold. 
  • I pray for courage and protection for those who serve our communities in ways that put them on the front lines of exposure. 
  • I pray for those who research ways to combat not only this virus, but also the many other diseases that exist. 
  • I pray that God would be made known through His children to those who are frightened and unaware of where to turn. 
  • I pray for the courage to live with joy in such a way that God’s love is spread to the fearful — especially to the children who so quickly pick up on the fears of the adults around them. 
  • I pray that our love for the most vulnerable among us would guide our decisions that may require sacrifice from us. 
  • I pray for a spirit of compassion and understanding to replace the one of judgment that seems so prevalent in today’s culture. 
  • I pray that the uncertainty and fear that seem to be battering this country would serve to ignite a spirit of love that will overcome the spirit of darkness and hatred that often gets so much air time. 
  • I pray that a heart of compassion would be awakened within God’s people in such a way that He is made visible to all. 
  • I pray that my eyes, ears, heart, and mind would be open to how He would have me respond in an individual way. 
  • And I pray for a revival to ignite within the people of God so that Jesus would be lifted up and even more people would come to Him in repentance and find salvation in Him.

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In prayer,
Tom Lemler

Praying in Times of Storms

Praying in times of storms can be difficult because the storm often brings great confusion and uncertainty.  The following photo, and text version below it, outlines some of what I’ve been praying in regard to hurricane Irma.  I also believe it is a Godly approach to praying in the midst of any storm we, or others, experience in life. 

Storms

Praying in Times of Storms
  • I pray that the storm would weaken and/or change course so that the people in its path would be spared.
  • I pray that God would be with those who go through the storm and that they would seek out His presence to be their stronghold.
  • I pray that God would be made known through His children to those who become battered and bruised and face devastation that only He can heal.
  • I pray for a spirit of compassion to replace the one of judgment that seems so prevalent in today’s culture.
  • I pray that the storms that seem to be battering this country would serve to ignite a spirit of love that will overcome the spirit of darkness and hatred that gets so much air time in the media.
  • I pray that a heart of compassion would be awakened within God’s people in such a way that He is made visible to all.
  • I pray that my eyes, ears, heart, and mind would be open to how He would have me respond in an individual way.
  • And I pray for a revival to ignite within the people of God so that Jesus would be lifted up and even more people would come to Him in repentance and find salvation in Him.
In prayer,
Tom Lemler

Lifestyle of Prayer: Clothed In Christ!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

 This week’s prayer focus:  Christian ‘Clothing’!

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
Colossians 3:12-14 (NIV)

What are you wearing today?  Why?  What does your choice of clothing say about you?  Like it or not, people often make assumptions about us based on what they see us wearing.  As a Christian, what are you wearing that would help people see Jesus?  This week our Lifestyle of Prayer emphasis will focus on some characteristics that God says we should clothe ourselves with.  Pray that you would live as one chosen by God, holy and dearly loved!  As we continue to grow in A Lifestyle of Prayer, it is important to remember prayer should be a lifestyle, not an event.  Continue to pray for the family.  View prayer as your first priority, not as the last resort.

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)

Please spend time praying each day about being clothed, both inwardly and outwardly, in a way that reflects the character of God as you wrap yourself in His love.   Thank you!

Sunday:  Pray for your church, its staff and leadership, and for all of the preaching and teaching that takes place.  Pray for me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry. 

Monday: Clothed With Compassion.   Pray that your understanding of your own weaknesses would fill you with a compassion for others.  “As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.”  Psalm 103:13-14  (NIV)

Tuesday: Clothed With Kindness.  Pray that you would be observant to the needs of others so that you would show meaningful kindness.  “The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold.”  Acts 28:2 (NIV)

Wednesday: Clothed With Humility.  Pray that you would see the value and importance of others as being greater than your own.  “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”  Philippians 2:3 (NIV)

Thursday: Clothed With Gentleness.  Pray that God’s presence in your life would clothe you with a gentleness that is obvious to all.  “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.”  Philippians 4:5 (NIV)

Friday: Clothed With Patience.  Pray for the courage to have patience with people as you wait upon the Lord.  “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.”  Psalm 37:7 (NIV)

SaturdayClothed With Forgiveness.  Pray that the forgiveness that you receive from God would overflow into forgiveness that you extend to others.  “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”  Mark 11:25 (NIV)

Lifestyle of Prayer: Compassion!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

 This week’s prayer focus:  Compassion!

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)

As I read the above verse, I had to consider how much of God’s characteristic of compassion is evident in my life.  The Bible says much about God’s desire to show compassion to people who would be lost without it!  For our Lifestyle of Prayer focus this week, we will look at some scriptures about God’s expression of compassion and pray about how we will show compassion to others.  As Christians we want to be obedient to God and to live like Christ, so this week we will pray about how our expression of compassion reflects the nature of God.  As we continue to grow in A Lifestyle of Prayer, it is important to remember prayer should be a lifestyle, not an event.  Continue to pray for the family.  View prayer as your first priority, not as the last resort. 

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)

 Please spend time praying each day about having a heart of compassion that reflects the character of God.   Thank you! 

Sunday:  Pray for your church, its staff and leadership, and for all of the preaching and teaching that takes place.  Pray for me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry. 

Monday: Compassion Through True Justice.   Pray that you would see justice through the eyes of mercy and compassion.  Pray that you would learn to see justice as the process of making things right rather than a desire for revenge.  “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.'”  Zechariah 7:9  (NIV)

Tuesday: Compassion for the Helpless.  Pray that you would have a heart of compassion for the people around you who have no spiritual leader.  “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)

Wednesday: Compassion for the Sick.  Pray that you would find ways to minister to and serve the sick.  Pray that your compassion for them would be genuine and helpful.  “When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.”  Matthew 14:14 (NIV)

Thursday: Compassion for the Hungry.  Pray for eyes that see those who are hungry.  Pray for the compassion to share both physical and spiritual food with the people who hunger.  “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat.”  Mark 8:2 (NIV)

Friday: Compassion for the Lost/Missing.  Pray that you would be filled with a tender compassion for the people you know who are lost and/or missing from the fellowship of believers.  “So he got up and went to his father.  But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”  Luke 15:20 (NIV)

SaturdayClothed with Compassion.  Pray that you would daily put on the clothing of compassion and the characteristics that are fitting for God’s chosen people.  “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”  Colossians 3:12 (NIV)