Daily Devotional for Friday December 28, 2018
2019 will be a victorious year with your help!!!
(1 Corinthians 15:57)
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: : Dear Lord, please help me to find your peace and joy in this coming weekend. I need a break from the battles, from the challenges of daily life, and want to simply find your rest in the coming days. Help me to re-charge and be prepared to get back to facing all of the challenges life brings my way when the new week unfolds, but over this weekend, give me your perfect peace. In the name of Jesus I pray...AMEN!
2019 will be a victorious year with your help!!! I want you to commit to memory today's anchor verse from 1 Corinthians 15:57, "But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!" As Liveprayer celebrates 20 years of ministry online in 2019, I am asking today for your prayers and for your financial commitment to the Lord’s work here over the coming 12 months.
Our 20 years of faithful ministry, as public and transparent as any major ministry that exists, being part of your life day in and day out for nearly 2 decades, praying for and walking with you through the victories and defeats we all experience in this life, is why I come to you today at the dawn of a new year to humbly ask for your support. The fruit from this “good soil” known as Liveprayer is fertile ground to sow your seed in the coming year as God allows it to exponentially multiply in the hearts, lives, and eternal souls of those we reach all over the world each day!!!
***UNLIKE MOST CHURCHES AND MINISTRIES, I AM NOT INTERESTED IN HEARING WHAT COMMITMENT YOU HAVE BEEN LED TO MAKE TO SUPPORT GOD’S WORK HERE AT LIVEPRAYER DURING 2019. THAT IS A SOLEMN VOW BETWEEN YOU AND GOD. I ONLY ASK THAT YOU PRAY, SEEK THE LORD’S DIRECTION, AND BE OBEDIENT TO SACRIFICE EACH WEEK, OR MONTH, OR QUARTER, OR ONE SPECIAL GIFT FOR THE YEAR, THE AMOUNT THE LORD DIRECTS YOU TO SACRIFICE!!!
Over these 20 years Liveprayer has been online and 15 years on non-Christian TV, I have often warned of the coming judgment of God upon this nation for our sins, gross wickedness, and turning from our Creator to the false gods and idols of the world. To deny that we are not just due, but overdue the wrath and judgment of God on our land is to deny reality. We have turned our back on our Creator and engage in every sin imaginable such as idolatry, gross sexual perversion, and infanticide.
My friend, God's wrath and judgment is being poured out on this nation as we speak and it is intensifying with each passing day, week, month, and year!!! In the midst of this intense spiritual decline in our nation, I have been virtually alone in not just sounding the trump of warning that if we don't turn back to God and His Truth we are doomed as a nation, but in sharing a real plan to make that happen.
Like Nineveh, the pronouncement of God's judgment which will destroy this nation has been declared as has the only way to avoid that judgment. The only thing that remains to be seen is if we as a nation, will heed the warning and turn back to God and His Truth as the people of Nineveh did, or ignore the warnings and be destroyed! I am asking you to stand with me each day in 2019 in prayer, and for those who are able with your financial support.
Our monthly budget for 2019 is $55,000 per month. That is a $5,000 increase from our 2018 ministry operations due to having the TV program back on air LIVE 5 nights a week. The great news is that as 2019 unfolds, we will be reaching more people through the TV program than ever before, for just $5,000 a month as opposed to the $30,000-$40,000 it used to cost the ministry!
$55,000 a month is $660,000 for the year. To impact the lives we do each day for 2/3 of a million dollars is an incredible “loaves and fishes” miracle and certainly not much money in the world’s economy. This is the budget of a local church with a congregation of 1,000 or less! In perspective, it is 2 of TD Jakes 7 Bentley’s, the annual fuel cost for the private jets so many ministries fly around in, or half of the property taxes Joel Osteen pays on one of his mansions! For those who have been part of Liveprayer, you know Liveprayer is not about money but MINISTRY!
Apx. 93 cents of every dollar Liveprayer receives goes directly towards the Lord’s work here. I can assure you that ALL major ministries and churches end up with at best 60 cents going to actual ministry after they pay the incredible overhead for staff, buildings, and other costs.
Please pray today and talk with your spouse, family, about making a commitment to the Lord...NOT TO ME...what God is calling you to sacrifice in this coming year. If just 10 families will commit to the Lord to sacrifice $2,000 a month to His work here at Liveprayer, 25 families $1,000 a month, 50 families $100 a month, those 85 commitments will cover $50,000 of our $55,000 monthly ministry operations. If everyone else will simply give as they are able to give as the Bible instructs, since it is your heart and obedience God sees and not the amount, we will never have to worry about monthly shortfalls.
In these final days of 2018, please pray about what the Lord is calling you and your family to do as 2019 unfolds regarding a monthly commitment to His work here at Liveprayer. Of course whatever special gifts people may make during the year to Liveprayer would only go to strengthen our financial position to enable us to do many special charitable outreaches we have done over the years when we were financially able.
My friend, as a nation we are in a spiritual abyss. Most people are lost, confused, sad, and hurting. However, there are enough people today looking for true hope and true answers to spark a true revival across our nation! Let me assure you that this revival will NOT come through the church initially, if at all! The church is too political, weak, apathetic, compromised, fragmented, lost in its' own agenda, and building their own fiefdoms to even care about building God's Kingdom or about the lost and hurting masses right outside of their very doors!
No my friend, this revival is going to come through people who this very moment are drunk, high, in prison, and lost in the lies of the cults, false religions, and new age movement. It will come through people in bed this very moment with someone who is not their spouse, those looking to cheat their neighbor out of money, as well as those who have never given God a thought in their life.
These are the people who will have their hearts softened to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ, who won't be bound by the shackles of the church world, who will be innocently on fire to tell everyone they know and those they don't about how Jesus changed their life and can change theirs too!
As nearly 20 years of Liveprayer have passed by, I have become more and more aware of God's plan to use this instrument He created in these final days to be a spark to this national revival. I never fully understood why God called someone who didn't even own a computer in late 1998 to begin an internet ministry, especially since there was no such thing at the time.
I never fully understood why God in 2003 called me to do a TV program, not on Christian stations, but secular stations. Not the typical pre-recorded preaching/teaching program, but a "live," interactive program dealing with the issues of the day from a Biblical worldview that most of the viewers were either ignorant of or had rejected.
During these many years and as we celebrated our 19th anniversary at the end of last August, the hundreds of millions of lives we had impacted online and through TV, the 130+ million emails for prayer we had received, prayed over, and responded to, the 13 million praise reports we had archived, the 1.3 million souls we know of who have accepted the Lord by faith, was what our work was about. Over the course of this year, God assured me the greatest fruit from our faithfulness and obedience was still to be realized.
A decade ago in 2008, God led me to start the Jonah Project . Not fully understanding it at the time, the Jonah Project was a vision to lead our nation back to God and His truth. It was too early, the people couldn't see 10 years ago how close we were to God's ultimate judgment on this nation. The people outside the four walls of the church weren't hurting enough, in enough pain, or really open to the REAL Truth and the REAL answers for their life.
The nation is now ready, it is ripe for a real national revival! The people are ready! They are aware there has to be more to life than what they are seeing and living each day!!!
With our long standing internet presence, my many appearances in the secular media, bringing back the TV program was the final critical piece we needed. Last month we re-launched the program, "live" Monday-Friday from 11pm-Midnight EST on our website and all major streaming platforms. For information please go to: https://liveprayer.com/liveprayer-show-about.cfm
Liveprayer.com and the Liveprayer TV program gives us a worldwide presence literally 24/7 the media and the world can't just ignore. IT IS A PRESENCE THAT IS EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT TO OPEN THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF THE LOST WE REACH THAT THERE IS TRUE HOPE AND REAL ANSWERS IN GOD'S WORD AND IN A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST!!!
I love and care about you so much. After nearly 20 years of ministering to the lives of millions worldwide each day via Liveprayer.com and 15 years on TV, I fully understand the frustration of the prophets in the Old Testament. They lived and dedicated their lives to the Lord. They refused to compromise the Truth. They refused to sell out. Money was NOT their objective, doing God’s will was! Yet, they watched the priests of the day compromise and sell out and live lives of luxury while they were begging for crusts of bread to eat.
I know this. God has blessed Liveprayer over these many years because we have NOT compromised or sold out for filthy lucre!!! We have not asked people to help Liveprayer so we could buy private jets, luxury cars, mansions, and great buildings, but to boldly and without compromise share His Truth and the hope and love of Jesus Christ with the lost and hurting!
I humbly but boldly proclaim that Liveprayer is one of God's answer for this nation! Friends like you have prayed, sacrificed, and stood by my side to help me accomplish all we have over the past 2 decades. Whatever rewards there may be in Glory will be shared by every person who has prayed a prayer for or given even one dollar to Liveprayer!
Thank you my dear friend and know that you and your family are in my prayers each day. Together, in 2019 we will help bring true revival to this nation and see many souls come to faith in Jesus Christ. With your prayers and your generous sacrifice each month or as you are able, 2019 will be a year of victory as my personal life verse declares.."But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!"
In His love and service,
Your friend, brother, and co-laborer in Christ,