Daily Devotional for Sunday August 31, 2008
Nine Years of Liveprayer
(John 3:16, 14:6, 15:5)
Nine years of Liveprayer! It is easy on a day like today to reflect back on these past 9 years. Since that time, Liveprayer has become by far the world's largest interactive Christian website, ranked in the top 20 out of 117 million prayer sites by Google. We helped to pioneer live video on the Internet. We've sent out just under 3300 Daily Devotionals that began going out to a handful of people and are now are received by over 2.4 million people worldwide every single day. We have received and responded to over 70 million email prayer requests. We have accumulated a Praise Report archive with over 3.5 million testimonies of God's faithfulness.
We've broadcasted the uncompromised Truth of God's Word and the fact Jesus is the ONLY way on 1405 "live" TV programs on major secular network TV stations, seen by millions of people in Florida and around the nation since it debuted in March of 2003. Most important of all, just over 225,000 souls we know of who have come to faith in Jesus Christ through Liveprayer!!!
All of this has been made possible over these past 108 months by the dozens of faithful prayer hosts who manned the "live" video feed on the Internet each day, the wonderful group of over 700 retired pastors nationwide who help me get personal responses back to every email we receive for prayer, my head tech Mike and his team who keep the Liveprayer.com Internet site operational 24/7 despite the never-ending attempts from all over the world to stop our work (we've been down less than 48 hours TOTAL in 9 years), and the crew who physically sorts thru the 40,00 incoming emails we receive each day.
It has all been made possible by my bookkeeper and her staff, my personal assistant Susan, the men and women who faithfully work on my TV crew each night, the Board of Directors of Bill Keller Ministries who oversee the ministry and are my counsel and the ones I am accountable to, and my precious wife Nan who has literally sacrificed her life these past 9 years. Without her love, 100% support, and daily sacrifices I would have never been able to give my life so completely to the Lord's work here. It has been the faithfulness and dedication to God's work by all of these dear people literally 24/7 that has made Liveprayer possible for millions of people all over this world each and every day without fail for these past 9 years!
Of course, ALL honor, glory, and praise goes to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Jesus said, "Without me you can do NOTHING!" That powerful reminder from John 15:5 is on the mirror in my bathroom and the first thing I see every morning. I have been most blessed of men to be given the honor and privilege to serve our Lord in such a meaningful way each and every day. It was literally 18 years ago this month that I sat in a Federal Prison cell and rededicated my life back to Christ and finally gave the Lord the one and only thing He ever wanted from me, and the one and only thing He ever wants from you...my life completely, fully, and wholly surrendered to Him!
Whatever has happened at Liveprayer these past 8 years is NOT because of Bill Keller, it is because of Jesus Christ. Bill Keller is simply a vessel God has chosen to use at this moment in human history in the fulfillment of His overall plan and purpose. All I did was give my life completely to the Lord and surrender myself to whatever His will for me is each day. I spent nearly 9 years PRIOR to the start of Liveprayer doing my best to serve and follow God faithfully. Whatever Liveprayer has become after these 9 years, is the result of serving and following Christ obediently and faithfully for over 18 years. It was God who has called me to do what I do today and I am simply doing my best to follow His voice as I walk by faith each day.
While today is a day for reflection, I am very thankful for all that God has allowed us to do for Him here at Liveprayer over these 108 months. However, my focus is not on yesterday but dealing with today and tomorrow. As incredible as these past 9 years have been, I know deep down in my heart we are only scratching the surface of the impact we can have in this world for Christ and in the lives of literally billions of people who live on this planet. I truly believe that we are in the last days, that Jesus is coming at any moment, and that we have the privilege of helping to bring in that last great harvest of souls before the final chapters of human history play out. God has allowed us to marry the two greatest communication tools man has ever known, television and the Internet, to reach the lost and hurting masses throughout this world.
It is because of what we have done these past 9 years that I have the incredible passion for what we can do in the years to come should Jesus tarry. What drives me each day is the fact that I know Jesus may return at any moment, that tomorrow is promised to none of us and I need to be faithful each day to the work God has called me to do, and that every second of every day someone is dying and going to hell that could be in Heaven if we had been able to reach them with the hope of Christ. Thru the internet and secular television, we have the ability to reach the lost and hurting masses and not only help them find real answers in their hour of need, but the eternal hope we have in Jesus Christ.
Seeing the lost won for Christ is what I have given my life to do. With every waking moment, every breath until God calls me home, my only objective and goal is to reach the lost with the Gospel. That passion, that drive, that determination has not waned over these past 108 months, it has intensified. I refuse to let the personal abuse I take each day stop me. I refuse to let the continual threats on my life stop me. I refuse to let the daily challenges of living in this fallen world stop me. I refuse to let finances stop me. I refuse to let anything keep me from giving the Lord everything I have every day. I know that I fall short every day, fail the Lord every day, but I am thankful He knows my heart. Jesus gave His very life for me, how can I give Him anything less?
I LOVE YOU AND CARE ABOUT YOU SO MUCH! I really mean that each day! The greatest joy of all these past 9 years is this new family God has blessed me with. Every day I cry with those in the Liveprayer family who lose those they love, and I rejoice with those in the Liveprayer family as they bring new life into this world. I remember today the many dear and faithful friends who have been part of Liveprayer over the years, many who helped lay the foundation for God's work here who have gone on to their rewards in Glory. I also am excited by all the new additions to the Liveprayer family as they grow up to become the men and women of God He has called them to be.
It has been a privilege to stand with so many young adults as they have gone thru high school, college, started their first job, and gotten married. I've been honored to stand with those in the Liveprayer family who have lost their job, gotten new ones, faced health issues, struggled with their finances, gone through a divorce, had legal issues, bought and sold homes, moved, dealt with children and grandchildren living apart from the Lord, those how have battled with different addictions, and all the rest of the daily challenges we face along our journey through this life. I'm grateful to be here each day to help bear your burdens. It's an honor to speak to people about God, it's an even greater honor to speak to God for people.
All I can say in closing is THANK YOU! Thank you for your love. Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for your encouragement. Thank you for your financial support of God's work her at Liveprayer. I tell you often that without you there would be no Liveprayer. That is true. YOU make this all possible each day for millions of lost and hurting people worldwide. Your love and prayers and gifts have made an eternal impact in the lives of millions of people around this planet. Please continue to pray for me and for all those who labor here so faithfully each day to make this all possible. For those who God leads and have the ability, please continue to prayerfully give as the Holy Sprit leads you as we meet our financial needs.
I'm looking forward to the day my work here is complete and I am able to go to Heaven and hopefully catch up on some sleep. I know that at some point, there will be a great reunion of all those people who were part of the Liveprayer family. It is such an honor and great joy of mine each day to be able to actually meet those who are part of Liveprayer. Sadly, I know that I will never get that opportunity to shake hands and give a hug to the vast majority of those in the Liveprayer family during this life. So I look forward to that day in Glory when we will all be together.
In the meantime, God still has much for us to do. While it would be easy and tempting to sit back and be content with what we have accomplished these past 9 years, we can't because there is still too much work left to do. The Jonah Project is a calling by God to help lead this nation back to God and Biblical values. So it is time to keep pressing on towards that prize, being obedient and faithful each day to serve and follow the Lord, and declare to this lost world the Truth of God's Word and tell the lost of the eternal hope they can have in Jesus Christ. May God continue to pour out His favor and blessings on Liveprayer as we remain faithful to our calling!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller