Daily Devotional for Thursday May 14, 2015
I am Asking for Your Prayers for a Personal Matter
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, my life is YOURS! No matter what, I will never stop praising you and giving you the glory! This life is but a moment. Let me use my moment to serve and glorify you! AMEN! In the name of Jesus...AMEN!!!
"Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face." Job 13:15
In 16 years of Liveprayer, I have never done this before. Today, I am asking for your prayers for a personal matter.
By the grace of God the Lord has opened the door to finally secure a national syndication deal for the Liveprayer TV program starting this coming January! The program is currently airing on over 90 non-Christian stations each night, including WJYS in Chicagoland that is available to the 10 million people in that metropolitan market. We received news a few days ago from our satellite network the other day that another 40 stations around the country are coming on board July 1st, including the 2 TV market in the US Los Angeles.
That syndication deal will put the LP TV program on a major national cable and satellite carrier reaching the 90 million TV households in the nation "live" every Mon-Fri from Midnight-1am Eastern!
Just as exciting, this contract will pay the Liveprayer Church an upfront amount of just under $500,000 in December and a monthly payment which will virtually cover all of the ministries operating expenses! Liveprayer is still currently carrying just under $300,000 of debt left over from the nearly $1 million of debt we incurred in 2006 and 2007 as we took the TV program national independently, a move that failed when the financial meltdown hit the entire economy in early 2008.
This initial payment for the syndication in December will allow us to retire 100% of the balance of our outstanding debt! PRAISE GOD! Many professionals advised me over the years to simply bankrupt the ministry and walk away, but this is a MINISTRY, not a Trump casino, and I vowed not to rest until every dime had been taken care of knowing God would honor my heart and integrity!
As you know, the ministry has struggled to cover our monthly operations most every month since 2008, but the Lord has always brought dear friends like you to help at critical times to insure His work here continued and remained strong. I have had to cut staff to a bare minimum and have not taken a salary personally since early 2008, and through these personal scarifies we have been able to keep moving forward without any interruption in our daily ministry to souls worldwide literally 24/7/365.
In the midst we have been able to re-launch the Liveprayer TV program in May of 2013, an incredible minsitry tool that has only aired on non-Christian stations and networks since we debuted the program in 2003. It is still the ONLY "live" minsitry program on any television, and still continues to impact lives each night, save souls, and bring God's Truth into a marketplace virtually void of that truth.
By His grace, the love, prayers, and INCREDIBLE FINANCIAL SACRIFICES of many in the Liveprayer family along with the personal sacrifices of hours and compensation I've made (Even though the additional hours have taken a bit of a toll on my health over the past few years, God has continued to heal me and give me the strength I need each day.), Liveprayer has continued to be the unique beacon of light to this nation, world, and so many lives each day!
I share all of this to say that today I am in desperate need of YOUR prayers today. I have never in all of these years shared my personal challenges or ever asked for anything for myself. In the course of sacrificing everything to keep the Liveprayer ministry operations going each day, I have sacrificed my personal financial situation to a place where I have a deadline this coming this Monday the 18th of $215,326.93. If I default on this balloon payment it will virtually ruin me from a personal financial standpoint.
These personal obligations have nothing to do with living a lavish lifestyle but are the accumulation of many years of daily living costs.I have pushed and consolidated my personal obligations to a place where I have no more time or maneuvering room. I have neglected my personal finances to insure the Liveprayer minsitry would remain strong, and no matter what happens in my personal situation, that won't change. I had hoped to hold my personal debts off until December when I could take several years of back pay from the initial payment on the syndication deal, but sadly that is not possible.
I have sought the Lord over the past weeks, looking for a true miracle. I am at peace if one doesn't materialize. Nothing I have ever done in 23 years of minsitry has been for personal gain, despite numerous opportunities to personally enrich myself greatly from the minsitry. I have only asked the Lord for my basic needs to be taken care of, and He continues to feed, cloth, and shelter me each day...and will continue no matter what happens Monday as will the work of Liveprayer.
I love and care about you so much. Please pray for me, and if there is one of our friends God has put in a position and with the heart to help me with this personal need, I am happy to discuss it with you. Feel free to email me at: email@example.com Again, no matter what happens with my personal situation, Liveprayer has been structured to keep pressing forward with none of our daily ministry operations affected in any way.
For once in 23 years, this is simply a personal situation regarding my finances that I have had to sacrifce over the past 7 years to insure the daily life of this critical work of the Lord continues to impact lives worldwide each day, save souls, and be an instrument for God to lead this nation back to Him and His Truth. In the end, that is all I really care about.
Very few know of the many and incredible personal sacrifices I have made over these past 23 years to serve the Lord, the personal price I have paid in so many ways. I have never complained because it has been the highest HONOR to serve the Lord and give my life to you and all of those the Lord has brought to this ministry, many in their most critical time of need, over these many years. I am happy to undergo as many personal challenges as I need to until the Lord calls me home, knowing my rewards will not be in this life, but will come in Glory!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,