Daily Devotional for Wednesday October 31, 2012
Thank You for Coming to My Bedside
"Hello Bill Keller, I wanted to say thank you for coming to my bedside, held my husband's hand and mine (as I lay on life support), and prayed!!! My Al felt alone until you walked in and reminded him that he was a follower of the Lord. And he will never be alone! The fact that you came back to pray with him until I opened my eyes, then we all were able to thank the Lord for another day together, I can't even put into words how grateful we both are. Your prayers lifted us and got us back our road to the Lord. It was the will of God that you were at my hospital bed, and I have been reading your Daily Devotionals that give me the spiritual food I need for the day. With all of our gratitude and respect."
"I believe you are being tried and tested Pastor Bill (financially). As someone the Lord put in my life once said as we were speaking in our Church prayer room, daily manna....daily manna...daily manna. Whereas before God in His goodness supplied the bulk of your need (Phil 4:19) by those with great resources, now it will be MANY sacrificing His resources who will help you. This is so God will be glorified when we come empty handed! He certainly does use the wealthy, but perhaps He will convict everyone who has been so blessed by YOUR daily sacrifce, and who can, but do not give out of there resources. It all adds up in the end! I will be sending you $50.00 by money order as God has provided me. Where do I send it to? Be encouraged Pastor Bill!"
"Bill, I got baptized a long time ago, when I was a young girl. I have been getting your LivePrayer emails for a while now, and I just re-dedicated my life to Jesus! Thank you for this wonderful messages that you send out everyday! I know you are helping and changing so many lives! God Bless you!"
I am in a very difficult place today! After 156 months of Liveprayer, we have close to 6 MILLION of these wonderful praise reports archived. They are a constant reminder to me each day that what we do literally 24/7 is making a difference in the hearts and lives of people around the world. They are also a constant reminder that without you, my dear friends in the Liveprayer family, I wouldn't be able to do what God has called me to do with my life.
Everyone who prays for me and this ministry, everyone who makes the sacrifce to help me financially, is part of each praise report, each changed life, and each person who makes the decision to accept Christ as their Savior by faith!
As we are at the last day of October, I desperately need your prayers and your help. Liveprayer is in a very perilous place financially, but a place that we can fix virtually over night if you and everyone in the Liveprayer family will make the sacrifce to help me today.
We have been ending each month of this year with a shortfall. It has been deep into the next month that we are finally clearing up the previous months basic operational needs. Just yesterday we finally took care of the final operations for September. That means we have today to cover the $40,000 we need for our October operations.
Is that possible? ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD! I know that if everyone in the Liveprayer family will take a moment, first pray, than seek the Lord what He is calling them to do to help me at this critical time, that between today and the end of the week we can cover the $40,000 we need for our October operations.
$20,000 of those costs are already several weeks past due. I am praying for 4 of our friends who God has richly blessed to make a special year-end gift of $5,000 right away that will enable me to cover these past due operational expenses. If everyone else simply gives as the Lord purposes in their heart and as they are able, by the end of the week the entire $40,000 will be covered and we can begin working on the $40,000 for our November operations.
Each month, God has moved on the hearts of 4-5 people to send a substantial gift of $1,000 or more to help cover our operations, and hundreds more giving as they were able to cover the balance. The fact is, over the next 61 days which takes us to the end of the year, we need to bring in the $40,000 for October, as well as the $40,000 for November and December. That is $120,000 and would be completely covered if just 120 people would make a special year-end gift of $1,000!
Liveprayer's basic operations each month cost a little over $1,000 a day. For the same budget of the average local church with 500 members meeting once a week, we are online 24/7, reaching 2.4 million souls worldwide each day, responding to 40,000 emails a day for prayer and counsel, and seeing apx 2,000 people we know of come to faith in Jesus each week.
Don't expect someone else to do what God is calling you to do and miss YOUR blessings! Would you pray about making a special year-end gift to help me? If you were planning on a special gift prior to the end of the year, it would help me a great deal if you could send it at this time.
*TO GIVE A GIFT TO LIVEPRAYER, you can use your major credit card on our secure server at: www.liveprayer.com under the "Donation" link, you can give using your PayPal account using my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org ,or you can mail your gift to: Liveprayer, 6660 46th Ave. North, St.Petersburg, FL 33709. All gifts to Liveprayer are 100% tax deductible.
I have always led by example and never asked anyone to sacrifce if I wasn't willing to as well. It has been almost 3 years since I took a salary from Liveprayer other than my basic living expenses. I have lived and breathed this work for the Lord literally 24/7/365 since we started August 31, 1999, and won't stop until the Lord returns or He calls me home to Glory!
I could never ask you for a dime for myself, but I have no problem asking you to help me take God's Truth to this hurting world and His Gospel to the lost!!! Every day people are asking for funds for many important causes. However, there is NOTHING as important as bringing Christ to people!!!
Those who have been part of Liveprayer know I don't care about money, but it does take funds to operate. If I cared about money, I would do what virtually everyone else in the ministry does. Simply preach to the choir, sell products to the choir, have conferences for the choir, and never speak about anything that is controversial or would upset someone. Just tickle ears and tell people what they want to hear.
People may not always agree with everything I say, but nobody can deny that I have a 13 year track record of making souls the number one priority, challenging people daily to be all God has called them to be, and without fear or concern for myself taking the Truth of the Bible into the marketplace where few go any longer because most don't want to hear the Truth, nor is it financially beneficial.
For 13 years I have NEVER sold out the Gospel and I have NEVER compromised the Truth of God's Word, even when it would have been advantageous for me to do so!!!
I love you and care about you so much!..Thank you for your love, your prayers, and encouragement. They mean more to me than you will ever know, and sustain me in the most difficult times. For 158 months now, I have walked by faith and trusted God to provide what we needed for that month, never asking for a penny more. I don't ask you to give money to Liveprayer to buy buildings, or to pay for huge staffs of people, or so that I can fly around in private jets and live like the ruler of a small nation. I ask you to help me to bring God's Truth to the marketplace, hope to the hurting, and salvation to the lost!!!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller