Daily Devotional for Friday December 19, 2003
From day one, Liveprayer has been a walk of faith
( Proverbs 29:18 ) "Where there is no vision, the people perish......."
Without a doubt the greatest joy of my 12 years of ministry has been the last 52 months of sharing the hope and love of Jesus Christ with you each day through this Devotional. Even though over 1.8 million read these words every day, I feel as if we have become a family over this time. 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 first four years 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 through the secular media, rather than the Christian vehicles most ministries use.
God has created this incredible oasis of hope (Liveprayer.com) on the Internet, which has largely been used for commerce and many ungodly purposes, because THIS is where many hurting and lost people can be found! Likewise, a large percentage of those who watch secular TV, read secular magazines and newspapers, hear secular radio programs are lost, hurting, and looking for answers in their life. God has given us the PERFECT vehicle in Liveprayer to go into the world with the simple message, "if you are hurting, looking for answers, we are here for you."
I want you to commit to pray for all that we will attempt to do in 2004 through Liveprayer. ALSO PRAY, THAT GOD CAN USE YOU TO HELP MAKE IT ALL HAPPEN!!!
The big picture for 2004 is by the end of next year to have over 8 million subscribers to the Daily Devotional. That will be accomplished by getting the simple message of being available to those who are hurting, looking for answers, in a well crafted ad campaign in large newspapers like the USA Today and big city papers...through the top magazines like Time, Newsweek, and People...through spots on nationally syndicated radio programs like Rush Limbaugh....through ads in the weekly tabloids like the National Enquirer..in airline magazines....by simply letting people know that if they are hurting, if they are looking for answers, there is a place they can come to.
Also, the Liveprayer television program has been a HUGE success. It is currently seen on the UPN affiliate in Tampa, Florida, the 15 television market in the nation, and is the top rated program in its time slot each night. 95% of the audience is non-Christian, not in church. We will be adding additional markets starting on January 5th, with a goal to be nationwide by the end of 2004. This program will only be on secular stations like FOX, UPN, or WB affiliates, is LIVE from 1-2 a.m. Monday through Friday, and takes calls from viewers for counsel and prayer. This program will continue to have regular sponsors so that I will never have to ask the viewers to give to support the program.
This has NEVER been done before on secular TV, but God told me it was time! In addition to praying for people's needs, I comment daily on issues from a Biblical perspective, a perspective you won't hear on secular television. Things are NOT going to get better in our world until Jesus returns, and this can be a powerful voice that will reach people in the world the church will never reach!
You see my friend, the LIES satan tells are out there and available to the masses 24/7 from every direction possible. Most people will never watch Christian TV, read a Christian book or magazine, listen to Christian radio. But they all read the popular newspapers and magazines of the day. They all watch the garbage the secular television world produces. That is why it is critical to TAKE THE MESSAGE OF HOPE AND LOVE THROUGH JESUS DIRECTLY TO THEM!
To finance this vision will take $5.4 million. $700,000 will go towards the Ad/PR campaign. $3,500,000 will go to cover the Liveprayer television show. $200,000 will go to upgrade some of the facilities at Liveprayer, add additional technology, and hire the additional staff necessary to continue to provide the intimate ministry that we do for so many each and every day. The last $1,000,000 will pay off the balance of the debt we have been carrying from the start-up of Liveprayer and to launch the TV program. The last 36 months we have been able to meet our monthly operations costs of $30,000, but the first 16 months we had to fund almost 100% of those costs, all of the initial start-up expenses involved, as well as launching the TV program.
When I think about what a powerful outreach that we can have above and beyond what we are currently doing for only $5.4 million I am amazed. Many companies throw that away on a few national ads. I have sadly watched hundreds of millions squandered on Internet sites that never lasted 6 months. Wisely used the way I have outlined, the TRUTH of God's Word can be heard by tens of millions worldwide daily who otherwise would not hear it. It will allow us to see tens of thousands of people give their lives to Christ. It will give hope to millions in their hour of need. In the economy of God who owns the cattle on a thousand hills, $5.4 million is nothing!!!
So I am coming to you today to ask that you pray for me, the Liveprayer Board and staff as we carry out this bold vision God has given to us. I am looking for people who believe in what we are doing, have the resources, to pray about being part of helping me put together the $5.4 million that we will need to make this vision a reality during 2004.
You may be a business person and want to help sponsor the Liveprayer television show. You may be someone God has richly blessed and are looking to make a substantial investment into the work of God. You may be in the financial industry and have access to people who want to see the work of God carried out in a bold, fresh way. If you know someone who loves God and may be able to help, share with them what Liveprayer is all about and pass this Devotional on to them. *Also, I have our current PR Kit that I would be happy to send to you if you request it.
***I AM LOOKING FOR THOSE WHO GOD SPEAKS TO ABOUT THIS VISION TO CONTACT ME AT firstname.lastname@example.org ABOUT HOW YOU CAN HELP AND BE PART OF MAKING THIS VISION POSSIBLE. WE ONLY GET A FEW CHANCES IN THIS LIFE TO DO SOMETHING GREAT FOR GOD. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE CHANCES. SINCE YOU ARE PART OF THE LIVEPRAYER FAMILY, YOU KNOW WHAT WE ARE ALL ABOUT, YOU KNOW MY HEART, AND THAT IS WHY I AM COMING TO YOU TODAY TO ASK YOU TO PRAY AND SEE IF GOD IS SPEAKING TO YOU ABOUT HELPING ME TO MAKE THIS BOLD VISION A REALITY. I NEED PEOPLE OF VISION, WITH "SPIRITUAL GUTS" TO TAKE CHRIST DIRECTLY TO THIS WORLD!
Let me say that one thing Liveprayer will NOT do. I have hundreds of offers from all kinds of MLM companies to have us distribute their products through our Devotional. MLM is a great opportunity, but we are not here to sell products. I could get the $5.4 million tomorrow by advertising in the Devotional. We are not here to sell products. There are enough people reading this right now, enough people with enough contacts and resources that we don't have to take those avenues to make this vision a reality. God has blessed this ministry daily. Over 40,000 salvations that we know of in our 52 months, over 1,000,000 praise reports now in our praise report archive.
***I am 100% convinced His hand of blessing has been on this ministry because we have NOT compromised and sold out God for a few dollars!
***There are a few of you reading this right now who God is speaking to. LISTEN TO HIM! You have the ability to help me make this vision a reality. Either through your own resources, your company, or your contacts, YOU can play a key role in what God is doing through this ministry. Oral Roberts had a bold vision for a Christian university. It took men and women God had richly blessed to make that vision a reality. The same with Jerry Falwell. The great work of Billy Graham has ONLY been possible because God placed several people in the life of his ministry early on that had the resources and ability to finance his work, and look at the dividends THAT investment has paid over the years!
Liveprayer is at a critical stage right now, and has the ability to make an impact in hundreds of millions of lives all over this world for years to come should Jesus tarry. However, I am at a point where I need God to move on several hearts who will join me in this great vision to make it possible. The Bible is full of examples of men and women of God who He moved to use some of their resources to further His work. God may have prepared you for this very moment in history!
I will continue to be faithful to my calling each day and do all that I can to pray for and counsel all those that God sends our way each day. The work here will continue as long as God says so. It took faith greater than I ever dreamed I had to get through these past 52 months, and now I am looking for a few with great faith to stand with me and boldly, without fear, take the TRUTH of God to the lost and hurting of this world, using the same vehicles satan has controlled to put his garbage into peoples lives.
Please pray for me as we boldly walk by faith in these coming months. For those who God is speaking to that want to help me make this vision possible, please contact me through my email address at email@example.com and we can visit how God might allow us to work together to bless millions worldwide every day with the hope and love of His Son!
Thank you for all of your love, all of your prayers, and all of your support these past 52 months. We have only just begun to see what God can do when His people get serious. These are the last days, and God will NOT be silent. Just as we have used the Internet that is used by so many for ungodly purposes, so we are going to use the secular advertising and TV mediums to share the hope and love of Jesus Christ with this hurting and lost world.
Please pray for me today as we move boldly forward!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller