Daily Devotional for Monday December 1, 2008
Reaching People Where They Live
THIS DEVOTIONAL DETAILS THE INCREDIBLE NEW OUTREACH OF LIVEPRAYER VIA CELL PHONES. THIS IS A VEHICLE THAT CAN HELP US TO REACH LITERALLY TENS OF MILLIONS OF LOST SOULS DAILY ALL OVER THE WORLD. PLEASE, READ IT PRAYERFULLY, AND SHARE THIS INFORMATIVE MESSAGE WITH EVERY PERSON THAT YOU KNOW, AND ASK THEM TO SEND IT TO EVERYONE THAT THEY KNOW. THIS IS AN AMAZING RESOURCE THAT CAN REACH PEOPLE WHERE THEY LIVE WITH THE HOPE WE HAVE IN JESUS CHRIST!!!
"I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. " John 14:12
Reaching people where they live! Today is a special day in the history of Liveprayer. Two years ago, God showed me that a new way to reach the lost and hurting masses with His Truth and the hope of Christ was through cell phones. As of November 2007, there were over 3.3 BILLION cell phones in use worldwide, 260 million of those in the US. That means roughly half of the world's population has a cell phone. While Liveprayer has helped to pioneer the Internet over these past 9+ years, both in the area of live streaming video and in using the Internet interactively to minister to people in a personal way, we are now set to do the same thing on cell phones.
This morning at Midnight EDT, we launched the new Liveprayer Video Daily Devotional for cell phones. Any cell phone that has Internet access will be able to connect with this new ministry we are offering. Currently, 98% of the cell phones in Europe and Asia are Internet accessible, while the US lags behind with only 20% of its phones having internet accessibility. However, each month 1 million phones in the US are being added as older models are being replaced by newer ones.
There are several ways to access the new Liveprayer Video Daily Devotional on your cell phone. You can go to the Liveprayer.com website and there is a special section on the homepage to sign up your cell phone. Simply put in your 10 digit cell number in the box and hit the GO button. You will receive a text message within a few minutes that contains a special link. Go to the link in the text message and that will take you to the Liveprayer Video Daily Devotional homepage. You can also send a text with the word "Liveprayer" to 321-960-0387, and you will receive a text message with the link.
When the Liveprayer Video Daily Devotional homepage loads, there are 3 options. The first is TODAY'S VIDEO DAILY DEVOTIONAL. Under that is the title of the current day's Video Daily Devotional. Both are links. Click on either one and it will play that days Video Daily Devotional which is 3-5 minutes in length.
The second option on the homepage is for Prayer Requests. This is neat! When you click on that link, it takes you to the text message area of your phone. You type in your name, cell number, prayer request, and hit send. Your prayer request goes through a special computer that converts it into an email and sends it into our Liveprayer email infrastructure. We will pray over your request and send you a personal response no later than in 12 hours, usually within the hour. Our personal response goes back through the special computer that converts it from an email back into a text message and routs that text message into your phone. So you send your prayer request through your text message system and receive your personal response back through your text message system. Amazing huh?
The third option is THIS WEEK'S VIDEOS. That link is an archive of the most recent 6 Video Daily Devotionals.
Now, tell me God isn't amazing! I began working on this 2 years ago. I am not ashamed to admit that I got conned twice by people I still believe were well meaning, but simply could not deliver what they had promised. Despite losing several thousand dollars and being very frustrated, I keep on top of the advances in the cell phone industry, kept praying and asking God to bring the right group to us, and 2 months ago He did. Red Planet Media out of Orlando has been in the text messaging business for many years. They have incredible technical people and have been pioneering video on cell phones across multiple platforms, since every carrier has their own specifications. I thank God for bringing them into our life to help make this incredible vision possible.
Here is the best part. For the end user, IT IS FREE!!! Of course you have to pay whatever your cell phone company charges for Internet access and text messages ( I highly suggest people get the unlimited plans for Internet, data, and text ), but we don't change you anything! If you are familiar with the world of cell phones, there is a charge for everything. If you download ring tones, wall paper, anything on your phone there is a charge. If you want any type of special services, there is a fee. We have the option of charging anywhere from $3.95 to $9.95 a month. If I had decided to charge $9.95 a month, with only 10,000 subscribers we would generate right at $100,000 a month.
As you can see, I could easily turn this into a multi-million dollar a year revenue stream if I wanted to simply turn this into a business geared towards people who were already Christians. FOR NEARLY 10 YEARS NOW, LIVEPRAYER HAS PROVIDED ALL OF OUR MINISTRY TO PEOPLE FOR FREE. THE BIBLE SAYS FREELY WE HAVE RECEIVED AND FREELY WE ARE TO GIVE. I DON'T DO THIS FOR MONEY..BUT FOR SOULS!
Even though it is going to cost Liveprayer thousands every month, depending on the number of users since we have to cover the cost of providing the video to the various carriers and pay the cell phone companies for each text message we send into their system, I have trusted God from day one nearly 20 years ago to provide for our needs, and He has. I am not going to stop walking by faith and trusting Him now!
The reason I have been pursuing this so hard for several years now, is because a huge percentage of those who we will reach are in the 25 and under demographic. This is the second full generation that the largest percentage has never been to church and has grown up in homes void of God and Biblical Truth. They have had their thoughts and values and beliefs shaped by this world that lives in rebellion to God.
Very few of these people would ever pay to get a Video Daily Devotional, nor would they ever think about texting a prayer request. However, since it is FREE, I know in my heart of hearts, we will eventually have hundreds of thousands, at some point millions of subscribers worldwide. These are people who would never hear the Gospel otherwise, never consider asking for prayer otherwise, and a large percentage of them will be 25 and under which is why most of my Video Daily Devotionals will be geared to young adults and teens.
WE ARE PROVIDING NEW, CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY, AND USING IT IN AN INTERACTIVE WAY LIKE NOBODY ELSE IS DOING TO BRING GOD'S TRUTH INTO PEOPLE'S LIVES AND SHARE WITH THEM THE HOPE AND LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST! THROUGH THE PRAYER REQUEST FEATURE, THEY WILL BE ABLE TO EMAIL US FOR PRAYER AT ANY TIME AND RECEIVE A PERSONAL RESPONSE BACK SO THEY KNOW THEY ARE NOT ALONE AND THAT WE ARE PRAYING FOR THEM AND THEIR NEEDS. SATAN IS OUT THERE AGGRESSIVELY USING THE RESOURCES OF THE WORLD TO LEAD SOULS TO HELL, I WILL BE JUST AS AGGRESSIVE IN USING THE RESOURCES OF THE WORLD TO BRING SOULS TO THE SAVING KNOWLEDGE OF JESUS CHRIST!!!
I love you and care about you so much. I need to you to do three things for me today. First, is to pray and ask God's blessings on this incredible new outreach. Pray for His blessings and favor on our technology partner, since I can guarantee you 1,000% that they will come under incredible attacks for having anything to do with me and Liveprayer. Pray for the Lord to put a hedge of protection over the technology and that it will work flawlessly every minute of every day. Also, be praying for God to use this new outreach via cell phones to bring His Truth and hope into the lives of people all over the world who otherwise would never hear about His love for them, or know that He is their answer in the difficult times as well as the good times.
Second, is to get signed up. It doesn't cost you anything to sign up. It only costs you if you watch the video or send a text message. Again, if you are smart, you have unlimited access to your Internet and text messages each month, which means it won't cost you a penny to watch the Video Daily Devotional each day and to send us prayer requests via text. It is good that you get signed up and use the service, since I assure you that once you do you will be amazed and telling everyone you know about it.
That is the third thing. I am asking everyone to please commit some time this to get as many people as you know signed up, and ask them to share this with the people they know. The easiest way is to have them go to the Liveprayer.com homepage and put their cell number in on the special form. Please get your church to announce this in their bulletin, and especially make your youth leaders aware of this incredible new ministry so they can share it with the youth of the church. Post this info on any blogs or message boards you go to. Email this to every person you know, ask them to email it to everyone they know, so people are aware of this new, cutting edge use of technology to bring lost souls to faith in Jesus Christ.
I am going to continue to do use every ounce of my being to share the Truth of God's Word with this rebellious world and bring the hope and love of Jesus Christ to the lost and hurting masses. Thank you for your love, prayers, and sacrificial support that enables me to be here each day to fulfill God's calling on my life. Time is short. Jesus is coming at any moment. We need to be busy about our Father's business. Please do all you can to help spread the world about the new Liveprayer Video Daily Devotion on cell phones. You will never know until Glory the souls that will be there because you took the time and effort to guide someone to a resource like Liveprayer that helped them find everlasting life through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ!!!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller