Daily Devotional for Wednesday April 23, 2014
My Greatest Joy of Ministry is Sharing the Hope of Jesus Christ through this Daily Devotional
"Where there is no vision, the people perish." (Proverbs 29:18)
Without a doubt the greatest joy of my 22 years of ministry has been the last 176 months of sharing the hope and love of Jesus Christ with you each day through this Daily Devotional. Even though over 2.5 million people worldwide read these words every day, I feel as if we have become a close family over these many years together. Most days I share the truth of God's Word with you, and pray for the day to day issues you face in this life. Today however, I want to share some personal thoughts with you and ask that YOU pray for ME.
>From day one, Liveprayer has been a walk of faith, a test of my personal faith greater than anyone could ever imagine. I pray before God calls me home that I get a chance to write a book about these year on the front lines to encourage others to completely trust God and know that He will never fail you. The calling God has given me is a bit different than most. God has called me to take HIS message of hope and love through Christ to this lost and hurting world outside the four walls of the church, rather than preaching to the choir which is the huge percentage of people most churches and ministries are reaching.
God has created this incredible oasis of hope (Liveprayer.com) on the Internet, a vehicle that has largely been used for commerce and many ungodly purposes, because THIS is where many hurting and lost people can be found! Likewise, an overwhelming percentage of those who watch secular TV (non-Christian stations) are lost, hurting, and looking for answers in their life. God has given us the PERFECT vehicles in Liveprayer.com and the Liveprayer TV program to go into the world with the simple message, "If you are hurting, looking for hope and answers, we are here for you. Jesus is your hope and ultimate answer now and for all eternity!"
I want you to commit to pray each day for all that we are attempting to do in the last 8 months of this year through Liveprayer.com and the Liveprayer TV program. I shared with you last November that the Lord showed me THIS YEAR we would see the start of a real revival throughout this nation and the start of our land turning back to God and His Truth which is the only hope we have to escape God's ultimate wrath and punishment.
ALSO, PRAY HOW GOD CAN USE YOU TO HELP ME INSURE THAT OUR BASIC OPERATIONAL COSTS ARE COVERED!!! Each month our basic Internet operations are $40,000, a bit over $1300 a day, to minister to the 2.5 million worldwide who get the Daily Devotional and the 40,000 who email us every 24 hours for prayer. The monthly Liveprayer TV budget is $30,000, just under $1400 per program, that is currently reaching apx. 250,000 people around the nation "live" every Monday-Friday evening. That is $70,000 a month, or $560,000, to insure all of our basic operations are covered through the end of this critical year!!!
Friends like you who have prayed and sacrificed over these past 15 years are responsible for the tens of millions of lives worldwide that have been impacted, and the 800,000 souls we know of who have come to faith in Jesus!!! Each month the hundreds who faithfully give as they are able, the 3-4 friends who God speaks to (many in that 11th hour) with the ability to send a major gift of $5,000 or more at a critical time, have enabled Liveprayer.com and the Liveprayer TV program to stand strong in the marketplace without compromise and declaring the Truth and the love of Jesus Christ to the lost and hurting masses in this world each day!!!
GREAT NEWS!!! As the TV program moves into its second year back on the air in May, Chicago beginning its 4th month, I believe that within the next 2-3 months we will be able to count on those in our TV audience to cover the entire TV budget each month. Our viewers are currently covering about 20% of the budget now, with more new friends coming on board each month especially in Chicago where the bulk of our costs are, but also where apx. 200,000 of our 250,000 viewers each night are!
We are also back in negotiations with several national syndicators who have shown an interest in the Liveprayer TV program in the past. Having been back on for a year and with a major market like Chicago, many syndicators have been back in touch with us about buying the advertising rights to the program. I will ALWAYS maintain the content rights to the program. A national syndication deal would give Liveprayer a huge financial windfall enabling us to fund ALL of our ministry operations each year from those proceeds so we would not have to depend literally each day for help from our dear friends just to fund our daily ministry operations.
FOR THE PAST 15 YEARS, GOD HAS CALLED ON KEY PEOPLE EACH MONTH WHO HE HAD BLESSED AND GIVEN THE ABILITY TO STEP UP AND SUPPORT HIS WORK HERE AT LIVEPRAYER WITH A GIFT OF $5,000, $10,000, $20,000, AND SEVERAL TIMES $100,000, IN ORDER TO KEEP LIVEPRAYER FUNDED.
OUR DAILY PRESENCE AND FAITHFULNESS TO GOD'S WORK FOR OVER 15 YRS ONLINE AND 10 YEARS ON TV IS OUR TESTIMONY TO THOSE GOD HAS BLESSED WITH RESOURCES TO HELP US WITH A SIGNIFICANT GIFT IN THE PAST, AND THOSE WHO GOD HAS BLESSED AND IS SPEAKING TO TODAY TO HELP ME NOW!!!
LIVEPRAYER DOESN'T OWN BUILDINGS, HAVE A HUGE STAFF TO PAY EACH WEEK, NO PRIVATE JETS, OR FLEET OF LUXURY CARS, OR MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR MANSIONS, OR PAY ME A HUGE SALARY THAT I ASK YOU TO SUPPORT. WE HAVE NO SAVINGS ACCOUNTS, REAL ESTATE HOLDINGS, STOCK PORTFOLIOS, OR OTHER ASSETS OTHER THAN OUR FAITH IN GOD THAT WE RELY ON EACH MONTH TO MEET THE OPERATIONAL NEEDS FOR THAT MONTH AND NOT A PENNEY MORE!!!
***As we head into the final week of April, we are working on the $40,000 we need for our basic internet operations this month. So far the first $11,000 is in leaving $29,000 to go.
--->$10,000 of that is needed immediately for operational needs in the early part of the month whose bills are past due. I am asking by faith for the Lord to send ONE FRIEND TODAY who can insure that amount is covered in the next 24 hours! If you can help me, please email me at: email@example.com so we can discuss the quickest way to get those funds to us.
That would leave the final $19,000 of this months operations, and I am asking that you please be in prayer what the Lord is calling you to give to insure we end the month with all of our basic operations current.
***Also, please be praying about our next 4 week payment of $25,160 due this coming Friday the 25th for May's programs in Chicago. After just under 3 months we are already averaging apx. 200,000 viewers "live" every Monday-Friday from 11p-1a in that market alone, with a potential audience of 10 million who live in the greater Chicagoland area.
--->I am praying for 4 friends who can send a special one-time gift of $6,290 this week to insure that our payment to the TV station is covered by this Friday. IF GOD HAS BLESSED YOU WITH THE RESOURCES,PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO PRAY AND SEEK THE LORD IS HE IS ASKING YOU TO BE ONE OF THOSE 4 THIS MONTH!!!
***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 love and care about you so much. I need your prayer and need you to make the sacrifce to help me financially. The proven ministry tools we have developed at Liveprayer.com and through the Liveprayer TV program is something no ministry is doing in reaching out to the incredible numbers of people we are reaching in the marketplace every day in such a personal way. Ministry tools dealing with the issues of the day from a Biblical perspective.We have the proven ministry pieces in place necessary to help lead this nation back to God and His Truth!!!
WE MUST NOT LOSE ANY PRECIOUS GROUND AS WE PRESS AHEAD DAILY TO FULFILL THIS MISSION GOD HAS GIVEN TO US!!!
You see my friend, the LIES satan tells are out there and available to the masses 24/7 online and on TV where the masses get their information. That is why it is critical to take the message of hope and love through Jesus directly to the lost and hurting masses where they live to spark a true national revival and lead this nation back to God and His Truth!!!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ,