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DAILY DEVOTIONAL SUNDAY JANUARY 22, 2017
(1 Thessalonians 3:12)
***IT IS SUNDAY. IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO CHURCH TODAY, OR YOUR CHURCH IS JUST A SOCIAL CLUB AND YOU AREN'T BEING FED, COME WORSHIP WITH PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD AT THE NEW LIVEPRAYER CHURCH, THE WORLD'S ONLINE CHURCH!! Join me for this week's service of the new LivePrayer Church. This week's relevant and applicable message is, “To walk with God!!!” Please visit the website and watch the worship service. Each Sunday there will be a new service at: 12:01am EDT at: www.liveprayerchurch.com
***2016 FINANCIAL UPDATE: PRAISE GOD! Thank you to everyone who has been praying and able to help me during this critical financial situation Liveprayer has been battling these past 6 months. As we are into the first 22 days of the new year we finally covered the balance of our October shortfall, are down to the final $40,000 from our November operations, while still requiring the $65,000 from December, as well as the $65,000 we require for this month.
By the grace of God, we have been able to keep operating with the small amounts coming in each day, along with a few of our friends who were able to step up with a gift of $1,000 or more. We are getting down to the wire where I have to get caught up on basic operational needs we have been carrying for months now.
******IT IS CRITICAL TO GET THE FINAL $40,000 FROM NOVEMBER INTO OUR OPERATING ACCOUNT IMMEDIATELY! I DESPERATELY NEED ONE OF OUR FRIENDS WHO IS ABLE TO HELP ME TODAY!!! IF YOU ARE ABLE TO HELP ME INSURE THIS HAPPENS, PLEASE EMAIL ME AT: email@example.com Please pray about what you can do to help me, and I am praying for one of our friends who the Lord has blessed, to step up with a special one-time gift of $40,000 to cover this critical past-due need necessary for Liveprayer’s existence. By His grace we are pressing forward in faith!!!*******
That means over the final 9 days of January we need to bring in $170,000 to end the month with all of our operations current! AM PRAYING AND DESPERATELY NEED ONE OR TWO OUR FRIENDS WHO GOD HAS RICHLY BLESSED CAN HELP ME WITH A SPECIAL GIFT TO HELP LIVEPRAYER GET CURRENT WITH OUR FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS!
Actually, If just 170 of our friends would make a special gift of $1,000 over the next few weeks we can clear up the balance of our 2016 financial obligations as well as for January! Please pray about helping me today!!!
If you are able to the extra mile and wire the funds to our Wells Fargo account or drop by a branch in your area and deposit them into our account TODAY, it would help me a great deal!!! I have walked this walk for so many years by faith, and continue to do so today as I await those God is calling to help me as He has many times throughout these years of faithful service. HIS WORK, MY WORK HERE, IS IN HIS HANDS AND YOURS!
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!
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, thank you for meeting my daily needs as you have promised in your Word. I look to you and your alone for my sustenance through life, and thank you for your faithfulness. Please help me to be a good steward of the funds you entrust into my care during this life, and give me favor in my finances, and wisdom in my decisions. In the name of Jesus I pray...AMEN!
Broken relationships. One of the common prayer requests I see daily are requests for God to reconcile family members whose relationships have been broken for a myriad of reasons. One of the tests of our spiritual maturity is the ability to forgive, pray for, and love someone who has wronged us. It is especially difficult when that someone is part of our family.
Regardless of who is at fault, who is wrong, the circumstances involved, my challenge to you today is to make an attempt to reconcile with someone in your family that you may not currently have a relationship with. I realize in many cases this is going to be a very difficult task, but it is what God wants you to do, and He will give you the strength and courage to make the effort.
Let me say up front, you are not responsible for the actions of anyone else, only your own. You cannot force a relationship with someone who refuses to accept you. But you can, and God requires you, to make the effort. At that point, it is in His hands. He is the one who has to move on the other person's heart. Much like in witnessing, you can never force someone to get saved. But God requires you to give them the opportunity, and after that, it is up to the power of the Holy Spirit to move on that person's heart.
It is important to note here that God does NOT expect you to be abused or mistreated in any way. I am aware that the person you are estranged from may have hurt you deeply in the past. God is still calling for you to forgive that person, but unless they are repentant, sadly, you may simply not be able to have any personal contact with that person until they are. Again, God can give you the strength to forgive them, He calls you to pray for them, but He is NOT asking you to have any contact with them if they are simply going to abuse you in some way.
I am not going to elaborate very much today, because the challenge God has for you is very simple, very straightforward. God is asking you to make the effort to reconcile with someone that you are not on good terms with. Forget the reasons that you are fighting, forget what has happened in the past, make the effort in Christ-like love. At that point, you have done what God has asked you to do, and it is then up to the other person to respond.
I know this is not easy and in many cases will be very painful. I will be praying for you. I will be praying for His strength, words, and love to be with you in a way like you never have known before. God is love. It is His desire to see His children love one another. Honor God today and obey His voice by making the effort to reconcile your relationship with those family members you are separated from!
I love you and care about you so much. I will be praying today specifically for you to heed this challenge and to be obedient to God's voice. I want to see you be all God has raised you up to be. One way you can do that, is by doing those things in life, even the painful things, that you know God expects you to do. You will be surprised how much can be accomplished just by making the effort.
The problems won't immediately disappear, they won't wipe away years of pain, but God is able to heal and restore relationships. God is a God of reconciliation and restoration! That is His desire for you today!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,