Daily Devotional for Monday October 3, 2005
Standing with You for Your Financial Needs to be Met
Out of the 40,000 prayer requests we get every day here at Liveprayer, the top three are always for healing, relationships, and finances. We pray every day for thousands of people in regard to their financial needs. Since the birth of Liveprayer just over 6 years ago, in regard to the finances I have only asked God to meet our monthly operational needs.
I can honestly tell you that I have NO desire to put money into buildings or planes, but directly into the lives of people. I am not interested in having huge cash surpluses and stock portfolios, only that the needs of the ministry are met each month so we can reach the lost and hurting for Christ out in the marketplace who aren't being reached. That is why for over 6 years now, several times during the month I share with you exactly what we need since I am not interested in playing games just to generate money, only having our needs met and not one dollar more.
I know right now many of you reading this are at a point of great financial need in your life. It is the first of the month and you don't know where your mortgage payment or rent is going to come from. You are wondering how you will pay your car note, your electric bill. Your phone is due to be shut off, insurance policies are ready to lapse. As you read these words, you aren't looking for riches, just for your basic daily needs to be met.
In the 6th Chapter of Matthew, Jesus speaks to the basic needs of life like food, shelter, and clothing. He assures the people that God knows and understands we need these things to sustain our life on this earth. He then shares a powerful promise that is for YOU today. He says that we are to "seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." What are these "things?" The very necessities of life He had just gotten through speaking about in verses 25-32.
You see my friend, God knows about the needs we have in our life and has promised to meet those needs, IF, we will seek Him and His righteousness. This ties back to some Old Testament passages from 2 Chronicles where God promised success (26:5) and prosperity (31:21) for seeking the Lord and living in obedience to His commandments (God's Word). So the key to having your needs met are seeking after God and living a life of obedience to His Word. If you do that, God will meet your every need. (Notice I didn't say your every want, but your every need!)
I love you and care about you so much. I hurt knowing that many of you are struggling financially and that you are facing great needs in your life today. As I share the needs of this ministry with you on a regular basis, I want to do something different today that the Holy Spirit led me to do on the TV program last Thursday night. It was SO POWERFUL that I had to share it with you. Just like you share my burden and pray for the needs of Liveprayer to be met, today I want to stand in the gap and pray for you and your needs.
I want you to email me (email@example.com) the exact dollar amount that you need God to provide so that your immediate financial needs are met. That is all. I don't need a breakdown of what it is or a long explanation, just the dollar amount. I am going to pray over each one of those emails and agree with you for God to meet that exact need. Our God owns the cattle on a thousand hills, all of the gold and silver belongs to Him. Just like you bear my burden each month in praying for me and the financial needs of Liveprayer, today I want to bear your burden and pray for your financial needs to be met.
GOD IS OUR SOURCE AND OUR PROVIDER. I PRAY EVEN NOW THAT FOR THOSE IN NEED TODAY, GOD WILL PROVIDE EXACTLY WHAT YOU MUST HAVE. HE IS ABLE!
*Please do me a favor, and take a moment to read the important information below. Liveprayer is at a very critical place today, with our breakthrough in sight! What happens over the next few days could determine the amount of impact this ministry will have in the coming months and years. I know satan wants to see us silenced. He wouldn't be so concerned if we would "play nice" and stick to preaching to the choir. But he is incensed we have the audacity to take him on head to head on what he calls "his turf." I'm not giving back an inch that we have taken for the Kingdom without a fight and am asking YOU today to stand with me.
"hi bill, first of all i would like to say thank you. it is because of your nightly show that god is using you not only to bring the non-believer, or undecided to him, but also, the christians that are wandering lost in this world. i fall in to the latter category. i was moved through your nightly messages to go back to church after years of "sitting on the fence". i am the mother of two teenagers, a boy fourteen, and a girl sixteen. which i would like to add, have also been moved and touched through your show. my daughter has received some wonderful advice through your emails. oddly enough, i have always been too afraid to phone in while youre on live. i have been too afraid to email also. but after reading my daughters response i thought to myself she is doing what i told her to and that is reach out but i am not following my own advice. bill, my problems are very complex and have been thirty-nine years...... "
It is the hundreds of emails like the one above that drive me each day to do everything in my power to keep alive the wonderful opportunity we have been enjoying these past 3 months to share Christ with over 1/4 million people each night, 90% of whom don't go to church and don't know Jesus. It has been the tremendous sacrifice of many of you and your families that has made that opportunity possible. Two nights ago I took a call from a woman that simply asked how she could be saved! This has by far been the greatest challenge of my life, and as woefully inadequate as I am, God has honored my little faith and commitment and allowed Liveprayer to be a bright light penetrating the darkness of the marketplace where most people live.
I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that WRDQ in Orlando took our program off after last Friday. We have signed multi-year contracts with all of the other stations we are on, this was the only one who would only take the program quarter by quarter. They have refused to give us an explanation of why they are taking the program off, but I am certain it is the "content" of the program. The good news is, as of tonight we will be on the PAX station in Orlando, so we won't miss a beat in regard to being on in the Orlando market. God is good!
The bad news is, as of this morning, we still need 8 units that were due Friday to cover the November TV payments and satellite costs. The good news is, based on the special appeal that went out last Tuesday and other people that have shown an interest in being part of "The 300," we already have 9 firm commitments for the 14 units we have to have in October. The people involved simply can't get the physical money in before the latter part of October, but those commitments are solid.
My friend, I am for the first time in this huge walk of faith regarding the TV program expansion, seeing light at the end of the tunnel and starting to have a real sense that we are going to make it. Based on different meetings I have set-up in the coming weeks and months, I can finally see the breakthrough so many have been praying for to get the last 206 of the 300 units committed. "The 300" is a one-time project that must be completed. I plan on having a large glass of grape juice the day that last unit comes in!
So God has helped us overcome the problem we had in the Orlando market, we already have 9 of the 14 units for October firmly committed, which means my only immediate hurdle is the 8 units I need in right away. I made a 10% payment last Friday to buy a week of grace meaning we will be OK as long as I have the 8 units in house by Friday October the 7th.
As one of the Liveprayer family God has brought together to make all of this possible, I can only ask that you take a moment today and see if it is possible for you between now and Friday the 7th to pick up a 1/2 unit, full unit, or maybe more depending on how God has blessed you recently and where your cash flow is at. I know what a sacrifice many of you have already made to help me, and the sacrifice I am asking you to make today.
My wife and I at our last Board Meeting prayerfully made the decision to forgive the ministry of the note we were owed from the start-up money we put in personally to begin Liveprayer 6 years ago. It was everything we had in the world, but at the time we knew it was God calling us to this work. Six years later, that note of $287,000 was the only real asset we have, but we see the sacrifices people make every day to support this work, and God was challenging us personally to make an even greater commitment to Him and His work. So trust me, I know the level of sacrifice you make to help me. I would never ask anyone to make a sacrifice I wasn't willing to make!
If you are able to help me at this time, you can of course put your gift on a major credit card through our secure server at www.liveprayer.com under the Donation button, you can send a check using our DHL account 137024223 (DHL p is 1-800-247-2676) to Liveprayer, 6660 46th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Fl 33709, or you can even bank wire it. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for the wiring instructions.
Together, over these past 3 months and at least for one more month, we have done something very special in taking the Truth of God's Word and the hope and love of Christ to the lost and hurting masses right on the very same TV stations they watch every day. In my heart of hearts, I know we have only just begun, that what we are doing is only the beginning. We are at a very critical place however, with the breakthrough on the horizon, having to somehow struggle through this difficult stretch. Whatever you can do in the next week or so to help me get over this hurdle will be deeply appreciated.
Let me close by letting you know that I am so blessed and honored to have you standing with me. VERY FEW have the courage or conviction to take the stand you have. I pray daily for God's blessings and protection on your family, for his favor on your business and finances, that He may prosper you above and beyond what you ever imagined as you have been faithful to Him. It is an honor to get up each day and know that you are by my side. On those days that I really don't feel much like fighting, I think about the sacrifice you have made to make it possible for me to be here, and that motivates and spurs me on to be my very best that day for the Lord.
The time here is very short. May we continue to remain faithful as we serve and honor our Lord with our very lives and everything we have!