Miscarriage

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(Genesis 33:5, Psalm 127:3, Proverbs 17:6, Deuteronomy 6:7)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, even though we have no right to ask, please continue to watch over this nation. Thank you for showing us the clear signs of destruction our sin and rebellion have heaped upon our land. I pray today that as a nation we will turn back to you and your Truth. Give me strength as days of persecution are upon us, and let me stand proud and strong for you and your Kingdom. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

One of the difficult things I deal with each day here at Liveprayer, are parents who have suffered the loss of their baby due to a miscarriage. Sadly, 15-20% of known pregnancies end in a miscarriage, so this is an issue that touches most families and something many who are reading this today have experienced. Of course the question each one who has lost a baby like this asks is why? There are simply some things in this life we will never know the answer to. Why God chooses to allow a baby to live only a few short weeks or someone to live to 90, is something only He knows. This is another classic example of the fact tomorrow is promised to none of us, regardless how old you are, and each day is a gift from God. The one thing we do know is that a baby who is lost while in its mother’s womb is forever with Jesus!

The greatest joy for any parent is to know that their child will spend all eternity with the Lord. A baby in the womb who has not had the opportunity to mature to the point of understanding sin and making a choice of faith to accept or reject Jesus is forever with the Lord due to His grace. As devastating as losing a baby is, I pray today that the assurance your child will be forever with the Lord comforts those moms and dads who have suffered this great loss in their life. I also pray that the Lord will help you heal and bless you with many more children in the future. He loves you!

While death is a sad part of this human experience we all have to deal with throughout our journey and one day face ourselves, today I also want to deal with the other end of that spectrum, when life begins. One of the great joys I have each day is receiving emails from people excited that they are going to have a child. It is one of those special moments in a person’s life that crescendos less than a year later with the birth of that precious baby. It has been an honor and privilege to pray for so many babies still in the womb and in a few months receive a picture of one of those babies that is truly a gift from God.

Having a child is one of the greatest responsibilities a person has during this lifetime. Raising that child is without a doubt the most important ministry a parent will ever have. The Bible claims in 1 Timothy 5:8 that if you don’t take care of your relatives, especially those in your family you have denied the faith and are worse than an infidel or unbeliever. There are no exceptions to this verse. It doesn’t say, unless you are a pastor. It doesn’t say, unless you are the head of a major company. It doesn’t say, unless you are too busy helping other people. The Word of God is clear that the number one responsibility of a parent is to your family and EVERYTHING else in your life is secondary.

*I want every parent to take a moment right now, pray, and ask God if your spouse and children are truly the number one priority in your life after your relationship with Christ. If not, NOW is the time to make whatever changes that need to be made to insure they are!

For every man and woman who is reading this today that is expecting a child, I want to encourage you to start praying over your child even now while that baby is still in the womb. Pray health over your baby. Pray protection over your baby. Pray God’s blessings over your baby. Pray that your baby will have a heart that yearns for Jesus. Even after that baby is born, you need to be praying over your baby everyday. God has entrusted this life into your care. Prayer demonstrates our dependence upon God. Never in your life will you be more tested and more dependent upon the Lord than in raising your child.

As your child begins to get older, teaching that child how to pray, reading the Word of God to your child, making sure your child is in church every week, are all ways to follow God’s Word and raise that child in the admonition of the Lord. GOD HAS GIVEN YOU THE RESPONSIBILITY OF RAISING YOUR CHILD IN THE FAITH AND WILL HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 22:6, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” *The greatest thing you will ever do for your child is to lay a foundation of faith in Christ and God’s Word in their life!

Listen moms and dads. As your child gets older they will begin to make their own decisions. At some point, you won’t be able to make their choices for them. That is why laying that foundation of faith is so critical. Let me make sure you understand something. You are NOT responsible for the decisions they make. Just like your mother and father were not responsible for the decisions you made, you are not responsible for the decisions your children will make.

That is why those early years are so critical, since what they learn in those early years will help to shape the choices they make as they get older. Know that even if they turn from the Lord at some point, when times get difficult it is that spiritual foundation you helped lay in their life that will sustain them. Just like the prodigal son made some horrible decisions, when he hit rock bottom he knew to “go home” to his father.

I know that many of you are in tears today because you so desperately want a child and for reasons only God knows, you have not been able to conceive. Why your prayers have not been answered is something only God knows for certain, but let me encourage you to continue to pray for a child, knowing that with God ALL things are possible. We have too many testimonies both from God’s Word and from so many people of how God allowed them to conceive later in life after many years of not having any children. Never forget that God may have a special calling on your life to be a mom or dad to a child by adoption. There are so many children who have been given up for adoption who need Godly parents, and God may be calling you to have a child by adoption.

I love you and care about you so much. For those who have suffered the pain of a miscarriage, I pray today that the Lord will be with you in a special way and that He will soon bless you with a child. There is nothing more exciting in life than finding out that you are going to have a child, going through those months of preparing for the birth of your child, and then that incredible day you will never forget as long as you live when your baby is born. Of course, that is also the start of the most important job you will ever have in this life, raising your child. Let me close today with a special prayer of blessing for your baby, whether this baby is still in the womb or recently born, and for you to be the Godly parents God has called you to be.

“Father, I pray today for those who have suffered the pain of having a miscarriage. Dear Lord, help them to heal and give them peace in knowing their baby is in Heaven, forever with you! Today, I pray for those precious babies who are still in the womb. I pray oh Lord that you will touch these precious lives and make their bodies healthy, their minds sharp, and their hearts tender towards the Lord. I pray oh Lord that you will bring forth these precious babies from the womb in your perfect timing and that these babies will grow and mature into mighty men and women of God should Jesus tarry in His return. For those babies and children, I pray oh Lord that you will protect them from the evils of this dark world. I pray oh Lord that they will be raised in the admonition of the Lord, in the strength of your Word, and become great men and women of God to lead your people in these last days. Father, I lift up the moms and dads of these children. Give them your strength, your wisdom, your discernment as they raise their children in the ways of the Lord. I pray oh Lord that you will guide them and help them to be the Godly moms and dads to their children you have called them to be. Bless their homes oh Lord, let the Sprit of the living God be present and make their homes and lives great beacons of light in this lost and dying world. I pray blessings on these babies and children, blessings on these moms and dads in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen”

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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God Love You and So Do I!

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(Deuteronomy 7:8; Romans 5:8; Ephesians 2:4,5)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, this nation is under your judgment for our sin, wickedness, and rebellion. Help me to be courageous as I stand for you in these perilous times. Use me as a beacon of your light in the darkness of our world today. Though our enemies surround us, the world around me curses you, help me to stand for your Truth that will ultimately defeat the lies of satan. May the evil of this world become so apparent, people will begin to bow their knee to you in repentance knowing YOU are their only hope and only answer! In the name of Jesus…AMEN!!!

This is a very short and simple word for YOU today, but powerful in its truth! Many days we get so consumed with our lives that we lose sight of just how special we are. Life is filled with many problems, and because of those problems we sometimes get down and blame ourselves. Not a day goes by that we don’t fail in some way, and so many people tend to live in self-condemnation.

Let me encourage you today that God created you in His own image and made each person uniquely different. No matter what you are going through, what you may have done, God still loves you and in His eyes, YOU ARE SPECIAL!!!

Forgiving others can be very difficult, especially when they have hurt us in some way. However, just as difficult, even more so, is forgiving ourselves! The Bible tell us that we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. There are no perfect people.

But our God is ready to forgive us and cleanse us from all our sin if we will simply confess our sins to Him and repent. My friend, you cannot change what has already been done, but you have total control over what you will do from this point forward.

I pray that this day you will find freedom in the fact that you are special and God loves you. What may have happened in your life before is behind you.

You need to stand on God’s promise that if you are willing to confess those past sins and ask His forgiveness, He will forgive you and give you a fresh slate. If our God is willing to forgive you, then isn’t it time you forgive yourself?

Let today be the first day in your knowledge that you are special. God has a plan and purpose for your life. Go forward to accomplish His plan for your life knowing that you are His child and He loves you unconditionally.

I love you and care about you so much. No matter what anyone may tell you, YOU ARE SPECIAL. Special to me, but more important, special to God. HE LOVES YOU SO MUCH! I don’t care what you are facing today, what the issues may be, take a few moments out of your day and just reflect on the FACT that in God’s eyes YOU ARE SPECIAL!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2016, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Fallen Nature

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(Joshua 6:8-20)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, this nation is under your judgment for our sin, wickedness, and rebellion. Help me to be courageous as I stand for you in these perilous times. Use me as a beacon of your light in the darkness of our world today. Though our enemies surround us, the world around me curses you, help me to stand for your Truth that will ultimately defeat the lies of satan. May the evil of this world become so apparent, people will begin to bow their knee to you in repentance knowing YOU are their only hope and only answer! In the name of Jesus…AMEN!!!

*PRAY!!! Please be in prayer for those dear souls in Louisiana who have lost loved one, homes and property, their businesses during the recent floods. Also, many dear ones in California have lost everything due to the incredible wildfires that have ravaged Southern California. Pray for the Lord to give those who have lost all of their earthly possessions, to have HIS strength to press forward. We pray for those who have lost loved ones to find God’s comfort in the midst of real storms. We stand with those who have been affected by these “acts of nature” to put their faith in the creator of all things to guide them thru this devastating time!

Are all of the tornadoes, forest fires, hurricanes, massive storms, and other acts of nature God’s judgment on this nation? As the debate over global warning drones on, as we see more and more deadly and destructive acts of nature, it causes many people to question if we are starting to see God’s judgment on this nation. Is God starting to unleash His wrath on a nation who has turned its back on Him and His Truth.

The answer right away is NO! What we are witnessing is nothing more than fallen nature doing what it has done since man sinned in the Garden and will do until God ends this world as we know it. I’ve warned you in the past that with every destructive act of nature you will get emails, read and hear in the media, people claiming these acts of fallen nature are “God’s judgment.”

Every time we have a natural disaster like the tragedy in Kansas this past weekend, I have received emails from different people and groups claiming this was God exercising His judgment on our nation. I also get emails about “prophecies” that had been given weeks before in regarding a pending act of nature. A prophecy that fallen nature will do what it has done since man sinned in the Garden of Eden is like prophesying the sun will rise in the east tomorrow.

Let me once again put into proper perspective that what happened in Kansas and the other natural disasters we see occur are simply fallen nature at work. To play the game of going back and trying to tie every act of fallen nature to sin in the area that was affected is a foolish game. If that was the case, cities like San Francisco and Las Vegas should have been raised to the ground a long time ago. Actually, you can make a case for gross wickedness in almost every city and town that would warrant God’s judgment and the death and destruction we see after each one of these events.

You see my friend, what is really happening is man KNOWS that he is living in rebellion to God and His Word and man KNOWS that God’s judgment is coming. Let me say that again because I don’t want you to miss this critical point. Man KNOWS that he is living in rebellion to God and His Word and man KNOWS that God’s judgment is coming! That is why man is trying so hard to explain a simple act of fallen nature as God’s judgment for our sin. Man knows that God’s judgment is not only due, but coming!

Listen, you don’t have to be a Bible scholar to read the words of Paul to Timothy in 2 Timothy Chapter 3, the words of Peter in 2 Peter Chapter 3, or the words of our Lord in Matthew Chapter 24 as they describe the signs of the “last days.” No man knows the hour the Lord will return but the Bible is clear He may come back at any moment in the “twinkling of an eye.” We are in the last days, Christ is coming back at any second, and because of our gross sin, wickedness, and rebellion to God and His Word we are DUE His judgment.

I laugh when some in the news media describe one of these natural disasters we witness are of “Biblical proportions.” Please know that when God does bring His judgment on this nation, whatever method He may use, you won’t have to wonder or speculate if this was God’s judgment or not. It will be death and destruction on an unprecedented scale and of a magnitude EVERYONE will know without a doubt THIS WAS GOD’S JUDGMENT!

When it is God’s judgment, you see unprecedented death and destruction in 20, 30, or 50 major cities involving 20 to 30 complete states and 80 to 100 million people! You will be looking at trillions of dollars of property destroyed, the complete infrastructure of transportation, electric, communications, water and sewage obliterated, hundreds of thousands of people dead, and the entire economy of the nation crippled and brought to a screeching halt.

My friend, there won’t be any response by all the governments of the world nor all the resources on this planet that will be adequate. Life as we know it today will cease to exist. Just like in the isolated tragedies we watch on the news after each one of these natural disasters, people’s lives will be reduced to simply trying to survive from one day to the next. Just living will be the biggest challenge each day for tens of millions of people.

I love you and care about you so much! I assure you that I am not trying to scare you today, only be honest with you. If God spared not His judgment on His very people for their sins, why do we think He will spare us His judgment for our sins? We not only deserve but are due, no OVERDUE, the judgment of God for our gross wickedness. Unless this nation repents, turns back to the God of the Bible and follows Him, it is not a matter of if, only when God’s judgment will be unleashed on this nation.

*When it happens, there won’t be anyone speculating if or if not this was the hand of God!!!

Let me encourage you today. I tell you often that the only thing you will take from this life into eternity is your relationship with Jesus Christ.. You can lose your home and all your possessions, you can lose you business, you can lose your job, you can lose those you love so much, but the one thing that can never be taken from you is your relationship with Christ. That is the ONE THING that you can’t lose or have taken from you. That is why I stress so much each day how critical and important that relationship is to each one of us.

One of the shining moments throughout the aftermath of these natural disasters is the response of the church. GOD’S PEOPLE ALWAYS STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND ANSWER THE CALL IN TIMES OF CRISIS! It is no longer about being Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, or Pentecostal. It has been the Body of Christ reaching out to hurting people and bringing Christ to them in a real and tangible way. The church should be proud of the role they play in bringing hope and comfort to those who suffer such loss and devastation during these disasters.

Let me share this insight with you. When God does judge this nation and unleash His wrath upon it, it will be those who know Christ as their Savior who will rise up and be the lone beacon of light in the darkness. Gone will be the beautiful multi-million dollar churches, those who become the voice for God no longer will be living in mansions, flying around in private jets, and acting like Hollywood celebrities, all of the ways we have found to divide ourselves will no longer exist as the body of Christ truly becomes one, and the basic Truth of the Gospel will be the sole hope left for the people who will be looking for answers. It will be one of the greatest harvest of souls in human history as millions cling to the only answer they have left, JESUS CHRIST!

I will be praying for you today. Praying that you will take time to pray for this nation God has blessed us with. Sadly we have taken for granted and squandered our blessings. God is not going to sit back and watch us continue to slaughter over 4,000 innocent babies every day. God is not going to sit back and watch His Holy Institution of Marriage be redefined. God is not going to sit back and watch His plan for the family perverted. God is not going to sit back and watch the gross sexual perversion that exists today. God is not going to bless us for being involved in giving away the land He personally gave to Israel. At some point, God’s patience will run out and He will unleash His wrath on this once great nation that used to honor and follow Him.

Pray with me today that as a nation we get on our knees, repent, ask God to forgive us for our sins and that we will turn our hearts and lives back to Him. If we don’t then it is only a matter of time before we really do see the wrath of God poured out on this land and the life we know today will no longer exist. God is giving us one last chance. Will we take it?

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2016, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

When The Burdens of Life Become Overwhelming

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(Galatians 6:2)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, help me to be a blessing to someone I meet today. Help me to not be so self-absorbed that I miss the opportunity to be a good witness for you. Today, I yield myself to you. Use me for your glory! In the name of Jesus…AMEN!!!

Everyone who lives has those times when the burdens of this life can become overwhelming. Whatever the reasons, however it happened, you wake up feeling like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. The joy, the peace, the pleasures of this life seem so far away. We have all been through those valleys, so we know how difficult it can be. I often talk to you about being in the will of God. That can be difficult at times, determining exactly what God’s will is for our life, but there are some basics God expects us to do that the Bible clearly tells us are His will for our life.

One of those is to bear the burdens of others. I want to really challenge you this today, to put aside your cares and help someone you know who is struggling to carry their load today. I realize that you may be dealing with some difficult issues yourself, but there is someone God has placed in your life, a family member, neighbor, schoolmate, coworker, a friend . . . someone who is really hurting and struggling under the weight of their problems today. God is telling you to go help that person carry their burden today.

As we know, many people are reluctant to open up about the very intimate problems of life. That can make it difficult for someone trying to help. But even if they don’t totally open up, just your interest, your compassion, your desire to help can make all the difference in the world. The Bible teaches that we really are our brother’s keeper. Reaching out with the love of Christ to someone who is hurting is the ultimate ministry anyone can perform in this life.

If you read the accounts of the earthly ministry of Jesus in the Gospels, you will see much of His ministry was one on one with hurting people. That is the example He has left us. I am challenging you today to find that someone in your life, hurting, falling under the weight of their problems, and pick them up. Pick them up and carry them for a while. It is what Jesus would do, it is what God is asking you to do.

I love you and care about you deeply. I want to see you enjoy all of the blessings God has for your life. Helping others in their hour of need is one of the greatest ways God can use your life, and you will be blessed beyond your imagination for your faithfulness. Serving others is something you don’t need a seminary degree for, you don’t need any special training for, and you don’t need to be appointed to do.

Serving others is what God expects from all His children, and He has given you a new heart of love to make it possible to share that love with others. You see, without the Lord, we have a difficult time loving others. But when we realize how much God loved us and sacrificed for us, it becomes easy for us to then love others. Just let the love God has put in your heart flow into the lives of those around you. It is the greatest testimony you have.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if there is any way I can help you. You are special to me, and I will try my best to help you walk through the problems you are facing in your life and be victorious. God loves you, and my only desire is to see you become the best you can be for Him. You can do that today by finding someone you know who is in need and helping them carry their burden. That is God’s will for you.

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2016, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Our Will or God’s Will

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(Luke 22:42)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, grant me humility this day. Let me to humble myself before you and other men. Help me to begin and reconcile any relationships that are broken this day. Give me the wisdom and words to bring healing with those who I am currently estranged with. I know with you ALL things are possible. Help me this day to do my part to heal any strained or broken relationships I ask in the name of Jesus…AMEN!

Every day I try to do my best to bring you exactly what the Holy Spirit puts in my heart to share that day. From time to time, there is something so important, you need to print it out, read it often, and share it with everyone you know. This is one of those occasions. The struggle that defines our very life, the ultimate battle each person who lives faces daily (including a struggle Jesus faced daily) is between our will and God’s will. If you want to break down the Christian life to one basic issue, this is it . . . our will or God’s will.

Every day, we make many decisions. Whether you realize it or not, every time you make a decision, you are deciding whether it will be His will or your will. If you start to think of your decisions in this way, you will quickly see how it is possible to live the life Christ has called for each one of us to live. When we choose His will, we are following Him and fulfilling our purpose. When we choose our will, we are living in rebellion apart from God.

The original sin was Satan choosing his will over God’s will. Our sin nature has been inherited from our father Adam who chose his will over God’s will. When you commit sin in your life, you are choosing your will over God’s will. It really breaks down this easy. It is not very complicated at all.

My purpose today is to simply help you open your eyes and begin to focus each day, even with each decision, on whose will you are actually following. Is it His or yours? You see, God gave us the free will to choose, otherwise, we would be little more than robots. You can very simply say I will do it my way or you can very easily say it is my life and I will live it the way I want.

God has given you that ability but my friend you, also, are then responsible for the consequences of your choices. Many, today, are dealing with the pain and heartache of decisions years ago when they chose their way instead of God’s way. Many today, are going through difficult struggles because they chose to do it their way and not God’s way.

I can only challenge you, today, encourage you, today, that God has given you the freedom to choose but with each choice there are consequences. When you choose God’s way, the consequences are blessings, peace, joy. . the abundant life He has promised His children. When you choose your way, there is pain, suffering, heartache, and struggles. Again, the choice is yours, as are the ramifications of your choice.

Oh, never forget. When you accepted Christ as your Savior, you gave your life to Him. It is NOT YOURS ANY LONGER.

I love and care about you deeply. I do my best each day to challenge, encourage, and make you look at yourself and your life from a very real perspective. As only the Holy Spirit can do, today I have broken down the essence of the Christian life in one simple question. Is it His will or your will? Jesus had that challenge in the Garden just hours before His death on the cross. He lived a perfect life because that day He did what He had always done, simply told God, “Not my will, but thy will be done.”

Therein lies the challenge for each one of us today and every day with each decision we must make. Will it be our will or God’s will?

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2016, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Becoming Ambassadors of Jesus Christ

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(2 Corinthians 5:20)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, this nation is under your judgment for our sin, wickedness, and rebellion. Help me to be courageous as I stand for you in these perilous times. Use me as a beacon of your light in the darkness of our world today. Though our enemies surround us, the world around me curses you, help me to stand for your Truth that will ultimately defeat the lies of satan. May the evil of this world become so apparent, people will begin to bow their knee to you in repentance knowing YOU are their only hope and only answer! In the name of Jesus…AMEN!!!

One of the things that happens to us at the moment of salvation is that we immediately become Ambassadors of Jesus Christ. This is NOT a voluntary job, but is mandatory. More importantly, this is not a normal type of job where you work so many hours, and then are off. Being an ambassador of Christ is a 24/7/365 job!!! Let me say this again so you clearly understand the foundation of what I am saying to you today. Being an ambassador of Christ is a 24/7/365 job!!!

You NEVER stop being His representative. That means you represent Christ at school, at work, where you play, where you shop, when you are with your friends, everywhere, every minute of the day. That also means you represent Christ AT HOME with your parents, children, spouse, roommate, or whoever else you may live with.

The sole purpose of today’s Devotional is to drive home the point that as a Christian, we are responsible for being Christ’s representative every second of every day. I want you to sit down and think about that today. THAT is why we talk about not drinking, not engaging in ungodly behavior, because of this fact. You see, others are watching you whether you realize it or not.

THE LOUDEST WITNESS YOU WILL EVER HAVE TO THOSE AROUND YOU IS NOT THE WORDS YOU SPEAK BUT HOW YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE!!!

I get so many emails each day from people with unsaved family members, co- workers, and friends, and are not sure what they should say. First of all, the Lord will give you opportunities to share how wonderful Christ has been in your life. But on a day-to-day basis, it is not what you say, but how you live that has the greatest impact on those unsaved people in your life. Live a Godly life before them and pray for them. Those are your most effective weapons in helping open their hearts to the truth of God’s love for them.

THIS IS WHY I ADMONISH YOU OFTEN THAT AS AN AMBASSADOR OF CHRIST YOU ARE TO LIVE UP TO THE HIGH STANDARDS OF THE BIBLE, NOT DOWN TO THE LOW STANDARDS OF THIS WORLD!

I love you and care about you so much. This is actually a VERY heavy word I have given you today.

TAKE A MOMENT TO READ THIS SEVERAL TIMES TODAY!

As you read these words, it becomes very clear now that you have no excuse for behaving as the world behaves. You have no excuse for allowing yourself to be drawn into activities God is not pleased with. Why? Because you are HIS ambassador! That responsibility as I mentioned does not stop once you get home either.

As His ambassador, you represent Him to your family. Mom and dad, you represent Christ to your children. Young adults, I realize many of you have unsaved parents. You represent Christ to your mom and dad. Husbands, you represent Christ to your wives, and wives, you represent Christ to your husbands. Parents, you represent Christ to your children! Think about this as you deal with your loved ones on a daily basis.

I will pray for you today as you seek the Lord, that you never forget you are His representative, HIS AMBASSADOR, and serve Him in that capacity each and every day 24/7/365!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

(C)opryright 2016, Live Prayer Church, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Praying with Your Family

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(Acts 1:14)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Please Lord, give me the strength that when tested, I will not be silent nor will I be afraid to tell YOUR TRUTH! Give me courage, give me strength, and let me stand strong for you no matter what the personal consequences! In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!

Praying with your family. Each day I try to do my best to encourage you and give you practical guidance to help translate your faith into your every day life. Today is one of those core areas that is critical to the spiritual life of a family. Men, you are REQUIRED to take the spiritual headship of your home and make prayer part of the daily life at your house. You should pray with your spouse EVERY day alone, and the two of you should be praying with your kids EVERY day.

Does this insure you have no problems in your marriage, or with your children. NO. But it must be part of our every day life to commit the issues we are facing to the Lord in prayer, to be thankful for all God does for us each day, to openly express our dependence on Him. For those single moms, during this season you are in, you need to be the spiritual leader in your home and it is up to you to make time each day to pray with your kids. There is nothing greater you can do for your marriage and in the life of your family than that daily time of prayer together.

This is not a matter to debate. The Bible clearly tells us to pray one for another. How much more should we pray together as husband and wife, as a family unit? It becomes like everything else in our life, a matter of priorities. It is amazing how much we can accomplish when it is something we want to do. However, there always seems to be reasons why we can’t do the things necessary to maintain our focus on the things of God. I am not talking about 5 hour long prayer meetings, though there may be times when that is greatly needed. Even 15 minutes, praying about the issues you are currently facing.

There is no better lesson for your kids than to see God answering prayers in their life, and not answering in some cases. It helps prepare them for the real world they are living in and helps them to learn to be dependent upon God each day. For a husband and wife, you share the most intimate things possible physically, yet for some reason, you can’t share in the most intimate thing spiritually. That never has made sense to me.

Trust me, I realize that this is a big step for many. Let me leave you with this challenge. Take the next 4 weeks. Make 5 minutes each day to pray with your spouse alone, and another 5 to pray with the children. With your spouse, each of you take a few minutes to share your needs, then the husband, or wife, lead in prayer for those needs. Before you end, each of you just take a minute to pray for your spouse, that God will bless them richly that day. Same with your kids. Take a few minutes to have each of your children share the needs pressing, then either dad or mom lead in prayer..then both the mom and dad should pray over each child for God’s protection and blessings. A side note, keeping a prayer journal is a great way to look back after 6 months and see God’s faithfulness. Simply write down the request and date…and then the answer when it comes and the date.

MAKE THIS A PRIORITY TO DO EACH DAY FOR THE NEXT 4 WEEKS. Trust me when I tell you that it will change your relationship with your spouse and children. For those who have a spouse that isn’t saved and isn’t going to go for this, here is the plan. Spend a few minutes either at night or in the morning when your spouse is sleeping to lay your hands on them and pray for them.

I love you and care about you. Praying with your spouse each day, praying with your kids each day, doesn’t make your home immune from the trials and tribulations of this world. It will however keep your home focused each day on the Lord, and who is in control. The journey of faith we are on is a 24/7 experience. Not one hour on Sunday, or every now and then. Can you see how much harder it becomes to be involved in sin when you are focusing on the Lord each day personally, and then with your spouse, and then with your kids? God will honor those who honor Him.

It is time that we quit being so lazy, quit waiting until we are in the midst of crisis to call out to the Lord. The reason we are so weak and ineffective in our Christian lives is because we are lazy and do nothing to strengthen ourselves for the storms of life. When they come, we are lost and have no idea how to fight. A good soldier is always in training so that when it is time for battle they are prepared. The Bible tells us that our enemy is not of flesh and blood…it is a spiritual battle we are in. Subsequently, it is critical that we are training daily to fight those spiritual battles, both in our personal life, and in the lives of those God has given us in this life.

I will be praying today that you hear this word and act upon it. It could be the difference between seeing victory or defeat in your marriage and the lives of your children. God is placing the weapons you need to fight with in your hands…use them. PRAYING WITH YOUR SPOUSE AND FAMILY IS ONE OF THE GREATEST WEAPONS OF ALL!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller

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