Daily Devotional for Monday September 19, 2016
Praying for Your Needs to be Met
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: ***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, give me your strength to stand for your Truth no matter what the cost. It is easy to call myself a follower of Jesus, but when confronted, when challenged, when faced with persecution, will I still say I am a follower of Jesus? I love you Lord and ask for your strength so no matter what I have to endure for my faith, I will stand firm. In the name of Jesus I pray...AMEN!
Out of the 40,000 prayer requests we get every day here at Liveprayer, the top three are always for healing, relationships, and finances. We pray every day for thousands of people in regard to their financial needs. Since the birth of Liveprayer just over 17 years ago, in regard to the finances I have only asked God to meet our monthly operational needs.
I can honestly tell you that I have NO desire to put money into buildings or planes, but directly into the lives of people. I am not interested in having huge cash surpluses and stock portfolios, only that the needs of the ministry are met each month so we can reach the lost and hurting for Christ out in the marketplace who aren't being reached. That is why for over the years I share with you exactly what we need since I am not interested in playing games just to generate money, only having our needs met and not one dollar more.
I know right now many of you reading this are at a point of great financial need in your life. It is the first of the month and you don't know where your mortgage payment or rent is going to come from. You are wondering how you will pay your car note, your electric bill. Your phone is due to be shut off, insurance policies are ready to lapse. As you read these words, you aren't looking for riches, just for your basic daily needs to be met.
In the 6th Chapter of Matthew, Jesus speaks to the basic needs of life like food, shelter, and clothing. He assures the people that God knows and understands we need these things to sustain our life on this earth. He then shares a powerful promise that is for YOU today. He says that we are to "seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." What are these "things?" The very necessities of life He had just gotten through speaking about in verses 25-32.
You see my friend, God knows about the needs we have in our life and has promised to meet those needs, IF, we will seek Him and His righteousness. This ties back to some Old Testament passages from 2 Chronicles where God promised success (26:5) and prosperity (31:21) for seeking the Lord and living in obedience to His commandments (God's Word). So the key to having your needs met are seeking after God and living a life of obedience to His Word. If you do that, God will meet your every need. (Notice I didn't say your every want, but your every need!)
I love you and care about you so much. I hurt knowing that many of you are struggling financially and that you are facing great needs in your life today. As I share the needs of this ministry with you on a regular basis, I want to do something different today that the Holy Spirit led me to do on the TV program last Thursday night. It was SO POWERFUL that I had to share it with you. Just like you share my burden and pray for the needs of Liveprayer to be met, today I want to stand in the gap and pray for you and your needs.
I want you to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) the exact dollar amount that you need God to provide so that your immediate financial needs are met. That is all. I don't need a breakdown of what it is or a long explanation, just the dollar amount. I am going to pray over each one of those emails and agree with you for God to meet that exact need. Our God owns the cattle on a thousand hills, all of the gold and silver belongs to Him. Just like you bear my burden each month in praying for me and the financial needs of Liveprayer, today I want to bear your burden and pray for your financial needs to be met.
GOD IS OUR SOURCE AND OUR PROVIDER. I PRAY EVEN NOW THAT FOR THOSE IN NEED TODAY, GOD WILL PROVIDE EXACTLY WHAT YOU MUST HAVE. HE IS ABLE!
*Please do me a favor, and take a moment to read the important information below. Liveprayer is at a very critical place today, with our breakthrough in sight! What happens over the next few days could determine the amount of impact this ministry will have in the coming months and years. I know satan wants to see us silenced. He wouldn't be so concerned if we would "play nice" and stick to preaching to the choir. But he is incensed we have the audacity to take him on head to head on what he calls "his turf." I'm not giving back an inch that we have taken for the Kingdom without a fight and am asking YOU today to stand with me.
"hi bill, first of all i would like to say thank you. it is because of your nightly show that god is using you not only to bring the non-believer, or undecided to him, but also, the christians that are wandering lost in this world. i fall in to the latter category. i was moved through your nightly messages to go back to church after years of "sitting on the fence". i am the mother of two teenagers, a boy fourteen, and a girl sixteen. which i would like to add, have also been moved and touched through your show. my daughter has received some wonderful advice through your emails. oddly enough, i have always been too afraid to phone in while youre on live. i have been too afraid to email also. but after reading my daughters response i thought to myself she is doing what i told her to and that is reach out but i am not following my own advice. bill, my problems are very complex and have been thirty-nine years...... "
It is the thousands of emails like the one above that drive me each day to do everything in my power to keep alive the wonderful opportunity we have been enjoying these past 13 years on TV to share Christ with over 100,000+ people each night, 90% of whom don't go to church and don't know Jesus. It has been the tremendous sacrifice of many of you and your families that has made that opportunity possible. Two nights ago I took a call from a woman that simply asked how she could be saved! This has by far been the greatest challenge of my life, and as woefully inadequate as I am, God has honored my little faith and commitment and allowed Liveprayer to be a bright light penetrating the darkness of the marketplace where most people live.
Together, over these past 17+ years online and 13 years on TV, we have done something very special in taking the Truth of God's Word and the hope and love of Christ to the lost and hurting masses outside the four walls of the church. In my heart of hearts, I know we have only just begun, that what we are doing is only the beginning. We are at a very critical place however, with the breakthrough on the horizon, having to somehow struggle through this difficult stretch. Whatever you can do in the next week or so to help me get over this hurdle will be deeply appreciated.
Let me close by letting you know that I am so blessed and honored to have you standing with me. VERY FEW have the courage or conviction to take the stand you have. I pray daily for God's blessings and protection on your family, for his favor on your business and finances, that He may prosper you above and beyond what you ever imagined as you have been faithful to Him. It is an honor to get up each day and know that you are by my side. On those days that I really don't feel much like fighting, I think about the sacrifice you have made to make it possible for me to be here, and that motivates and spurs me on to be my very best that day for the Lord.
The time here is very short. May we continue to remain faithful as we serve and honor our Lord with our very lives and everything we have!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,