Daily Devotional for Friday November 29, 2013
(Psalms 91:15; Psalms 89:1)
***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, in Proverbs 22:24-25 the Bible says, "Do not make friends with a hot tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared." What if this hot tempered man is your father and he is impossible to get along with?
ANSWER: First, pray for him to know God's peace. Let him know you love him and always will, but unless he can control his temper, being around him is not possible because NOBODY has the right to abuse you, even your father.
By far the Devotional everyone looks forward to is the 4 times a year I share some of the incredible praise reports we receive every single day here at Liveprayer. One of the things that I wish I could do, is let you read all of these great praise reports. Even though we deal with email names and unseen people, I never forget for a moment that there is a very REAL person in need at the other end that God loves very much. It is amazing each day to see God healing people, restoring marriages, providing necessary finances, and meeting every kind of need imaginable.
We currently now have an archive of over 7,000,000 Praise Reports that we have received in over 172 months of ministry here on the Internet. Satan hates the "word of testimony" because it gives people hope. No matter what you are facing in your life today, never forget that the same God who has brought someone else out of the valley and led them to victory, is the very same God that will lead YOU out of the valley and to victory.
Also, so many of you pray and sacrificially give to the work God is doing here at Liveprayer. I want to encourage you today as well, that your prayers, and your gifts to this work are not in vain. What we do each and every day for over 2.4 million people all over the world is only possible because you care, you pray, and you give. Let these praise reports be an encouragement to you that God is using you to make a difference in the lives of people. God is using your obedience, your faithfulness to reach those who are lost and hurting with His love and hope. May God use these praise reports today to be a blessing to you!
"My trip was safe. The interview was great. I just received a phone call with a job offer. Thank you for your prayers and I thank the Lord for his grace and blessings. I am so thankful for this opportunity."
"I know you are very busy, and you have a large staff that helps with your emails. I do not pretend to know whether you, or a staff member, answered my emails a year ago. I called you out on your emails about Mormonism. At the time, I had just recently become a member. However, over time, I realized everything you were saying was true. Jesus, the God of the Bible, made things real simple for us. He laid down his life shortly after laying down the very simple, although not always easily followed, plan for salvation. The Mormons seem to have just added a whole bunch of things, changing what they needed to suit there own needs as times required of them. That is not Christian by any means. My family and I left that church two months after joining. Your daily devotionals helped by giving us strength in what is right. Thank you for your love and dedication. We have since been forgiven, joined a great learning church in Des Moines, IA. It is one based solely on the Bible. Life has definitely been a lot better, and in fact, a lot less complicated. Thanks again."
"Bro. Keller, thank you for being one of the only men I know on TV who is real and not in it for the money. I just thought I'd let you know that after you prayed for my on your program a few months ago, I've been sober 3 weeks now & have found an A. A. group filled w/ Christians for support. Boy do I view life differently now. I 1st made my situation known to you, & now once I hit bottom, the only way is UP!!!"
"Thank you, Bill. I needed a kind word from someone on this earth."
"I regularly read the on-line newspaper published in Papua-New Guinea. The newspaper, the Post-Courier, in the Thursday 3 June issue has a "magazine section" called NewAgeWoman. Your daily devotion "Trading in Your Spouse For a Newer Model" is printed in full. Adultery is a major problem in PNG, as it is elsewhere. However, this newspaper has no problem printing "religious" articles or covering church news, a rarely seen coverage in all too many places in the world. You are reaching places I never expected ................ PRAISE THE LORD!"
"Thank you for praying for me to have enough money to go on a month long mission trip...the exact amount that I needed was donated to me and $200.00 just showed up in my banking account from God knows where......I can now go and if the opportunity arises, bring someone with me..."
"Thank you for your wonderful TV program. I was flipping through stations one night and came across you. It was amazing hearing someone tell the WHOLE Truth of God's Word without candy-coating it. I am writing to thank you for your prayers...our house is sold!!!! We signed a contract today. My husband Jerry and I want you to know how grateful we are for your prayer of agreement with us. God bless you and may the Lord help you to reach more people with your incredible program!"
"I've been a subscriber of yours from almost the beginning and like the old backslider I am I failed to read every devotional and with the fire storm of e-mail that seemed to be coming my way I often cleared your precious message without reading them. HOWEVER, I started reading them from time to time and when I read one that seemed to apply to me and to my son and an old friend of mine I forwarded it to them. Anyway this old friend of mine who I see once or twice a year told me he has become a believer and I believe it is totally because of your work. My son too has expressed the importance of your daily devotional in his life. Keep up your strong unwavering stand for what God must demand of us."
"I want you to know that little Lauren is dramatically improved and home from the hospital. Thank you for your prayers. To God be the glory, great things He has done!"
"Back on May 28, 2004 I was up late and hurting. I was flipping the channels and saw you on TV. I was saved while you prayed on your T.V. show. I ask Jesus to forgive me my sins, and to come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior. Thank you so much for that opportunity. I feel so much like a different person now and the last 8 yrs have been incredible!"
"Thanks to you, there are folks who feel better about their purpose in life. My father-in-law is in a nursing home and was feeling pretty unnecessary, even though he is a follower of Jesus, because he gets wrapped up in his misery. I read some of your daily devotionals to him and he seems to feel more positive...He was smiling when I left him, yesterday and even told one of his caretakers that he loved them (which was a change). Thanks so much."
"Thank you so much for helping get through school and keeping me safe. my prayers have been answered. Amen!"
"I just wanted to thank you for praying for a relative of mine, who was in a coma after being poisoned, she was in a come for 3 weeks, but just recently got out of it! It was truly a miracle. Also, as soon as she got out of a coma, the first thing she said was that she wanted to go to church and wanted to become a Sunday school teacher. She barely went to church before and really involved herself with many guys so I truly believe God spoke to her during the time she was in a coma. It's amazing, how God works. Thank you for your prayers!"
"I took your advise and went to church not sure what else would happen I am in deep and Jesus threw me a rope I have a hold of it and my eyes are on him though I know the sharks are circling please pray that I may keep my eyes on him. I asked him what he would do to help I believe in his faithfulness."
"I said the sinners prayer on the Liveprayer website. I just wanted to let you know I'm 13 years old and I want Jesus to come into my heart Bill."
"I asked for prayers last week for my friend to find her missing daughter in Florida. Her daughter called her. Thank you. She hadn't heard from her since Nov.!"
"I just wanted to write a note to you to let you know that my co-workers and I really appreciate your daily devotionals. Most of the people here eagerly anticipate my presence at work in the morning to forward these devotionals to them. It has helped and encouraged many people within this company. Thank you for your labor."
"Hello. I prayed the prayer with you on your TV program the other night. Thank you for making the sacrifice to be there for so many hurting people. I cry each night as I hear the people call with their problems. Please send me the free information so I can be a true follower of Jesus!"
"Bill...just wanted you to know prayers were answered AGAIN by our faithful Father. The body of Christ has so much power in their prayers, it's a shame we sometimes forget it and lose hope. Thanks for the prayers."
I love you and care about you so much. NOW YOU KNOW WHY I AM SO PASSIONATE ABOUT WHAT I DO EACH DAY, AND WHY I AM WORKING SO HARD TO EXPAND THE OUTREACH OF LIVEPRAYER. GOD HAS RAISED UP THIS GREAT INSTRUMENT IN THESE LAST DAYS TO TRANSFORM LIVES. IT IS YOUR LOVE, YOUR PRAYERS, AND YOUR SACRIFICIAL GIFTS THAT MAKES ALL OF THIS POSSIBLE!
FOR THE MILLIONS WE ARE ABLE TO SHARE THE HOPE AND LOVE OF CHRIST WITH EACH DAY, THANK YOU!!!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ,