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How to Pray for the Good and Faithful Saints That You Don’t Know, Part 2 (Praying Through the Bible #321)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Colossians 1:1-14

1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,

2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,

4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,

5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;

6 Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:

7 As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;

8 Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.

9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

— PRAYER —

We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible.” The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have completed 320 messages in this series.

This is message #321 titled, How to Pray for the Good and Faithful Saints That You Don’t Know, Part 2.

In our message on last week, we went through a broad overview regarding the church at Colosse. We learned that this was a church that Paul had not started directly, but one that had been started as a by-product of his preaching in other cities in the area. Epaphras, one of the leaders of the Colossian church, visited Paul while he was in prison, in Rome. Paul had heard good things about this church, and this particular minister came bringing a good report. However, he also had some concerns regarding false doctrine that was infiltrating that local church body.

By way of further introduction and laying the groundwork, here is what Dr. Warren Wiersbe said about the danger this church was in from false teachers: “What was the heresy that threatened the peace and purity of the Colossian church? It was a combination of Eastern philosophy and Jewish legalism, with elements of what Bible scholars call gnosticism (NOS-ti-cism). This term comes from the Greek word gnosis (KNOW-sis), which means ‘to know.’ (An agnostic is one who does not know.) The gnostics were the people who were ‘in the know’ when it came to the deep things of God. They were the ‘spiritual aristocracy’ in the church.

“To begin with, this heresy promised people such a close union with God that they would achieve a ‘spiritual perfection.’ Spiritual fullness could be theirs only if they entered into the teachings and ceremonies prescribed. There was also a ‘full knowledge,’ a spiritual depth, that only the initiated could enjoy. This ‘wisdom’ would release them from earthly things and put them in touch with heavenly things.

“Of course, all of this teaching was but man-made philosophy based on traditions and not on divine truth. It grew out of the philosophical question, Why is there evil in this world if creation was made by a holy God? As these philosophers speculated and pondered, they came to the false conclusion that matter was evil. Their next false conclusion was that a holy God could not come into contact with evil matter, so there had to be a series of ’emanations’ from God to His creation. They believed in a powerful spirit world that used material things to attack mankind. They also held to a form of astrology, believing that angelic beings ruled heavenly bodies and influenced affairs on earth.

“Added to these Eastern speculations was a form of Jewish legalism. The teachers believed that the rite of circumcision was helpful in spiritual development. They taught that the Old Testament law, especially the dietary laws, was also useful in attaining spiritual perfection. Definite rules and regulations told them what was evil and what was good.

“Since to them, matter was evil, they had to find some way to control their own human nature in this pursuit of perfection. Two different practices resulted. One school of thought held that the only way to conquer evil matter was by means of rigid discipline and asceticism. The other view taught that it was permissible to engage in all kinds of sin, since matter was evil anyway! It appears that the first opinion was the predominant one in Colosse.

“It is easy to see how this kind of teaching undermined the very foundations of the Christian faith. To begin with, these heretics attacked the person and work of Jesus Christ. To them, He was merely one of God’s many ’emanations’ and not the very Son of God come in the flesh. The Incarnation means God with us, but these false teachers claimed that God was keeping His distance from us!”

In this mini-series in the Praying Through the Bible Series, we will not get much into Paul’s refuting of the false doctrine threatening the church at Colosse. We will be focusing on verses 9-14 of chapter 1 in which Paul expresses the many things he prays for on behalf of the Colossian believers that he did not even know. One thing that we will notice is that Paul’s prayers are largely positive. He has heard many good things about the church at Colosse. And his prayers are for the church to keep going in the direction that they have been going and not get sidetracked by false teachings.

Paul and his associates received a good report from the Colossian minister Epaphras about this local church body. He calls the believers “faithful brethren” and says that he is “giving thanks” for their faith in Christ, their love for other believers, the hope they have in Heaven, and the fruit that is being produced in their lives. So, his prayer for these believers is a joyous thing. Through his example, we see the things that we should pray for on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Christ. And we see a reflection of how we should live so that when others pray for us, they can go to God, not with a heavy heart, but with a heart full of thanksgiving and praise.

Joseph Scriven wrote:

What a Friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged,
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness,
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer;
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer;
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.

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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

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How to Pray for the Good and Faithful Saints That You Don’t Know, Part 1 (Praying Through the Bible #320)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Colossians 1:1-14

1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,

2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,

4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,

5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;

6 Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:

7 As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;

8 Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.

9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

— PRAYER —

We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible.” The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have completed 319 messages in this series.

This is message #320 titled, How to Pray for Fellow Believers, Part 1.

Paul is writing to believers in the town of Colossae, and, at the outset of his letter, he has high praise for their faith. To help us get to know who these believers are and what their circumstances are, allow me to share with you some background information from Warren Wiersbe:

Do the heavenly bodies have any influence over our lives? The millions of people who consult their horoscopes each day would say, “Yes!” In the United States, there are about 1,750 daily newspapers, and 1,220 of them carry astrological data!
Is there any relationship between diet and spiritual living? Does God speak to us immediately, in our minds, or only through His Word, the Bible? Do the Eastern religions have something to offer the evangelical Christian? These questions sound very contemporary. Yet they are the very issues Paul dealt with in his magnificent Epistle to the Colossians. We need this important letter today just as they needed it back in A.D. 60 when Paul wrote it. Colosse was one of three cities located about one hundred miles inland from Ephesus. The other two cities were Laodicea and Hierapolis. This area was a meeting point of East and West because an important trade route passed through there. At one time, all three cities were growing and prosperous, but gradually Colosse slipped into a second-rate position. It became what we would call a small town. Yet the church there was important enough to merit the attention of the apostle Paul.

“Colosse probably would never have been mentioned in the New Testament had it not been for the church there. The city is never named in the book of Acts because Paul did not start the Colossian church, nor did he ever visit it. Paul had HEARD of their faith, but he had never seen these believers personally. Here was a church of unknown people, in a small town, receiving an inspired letter from the great apostle Paul!

“How did the Colossian church begin? It was the outgrowth of Paul’s three-year ministry in Ephesus. So effective was the witness of the church at Ephesus that “all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks”. This would include people in Colossae, Laodicea, and Hierapolis. When we examine the persons involved in the prison correspondence of Paul, we can just about put the story together of how the Colossian church was founded. During Paul’s ministry in Ephesus, at least two men from Colossae were brought to faith in Jesus Christ—Epaphras and Philemon. Epaphras apparently was one of the key founders of the church in Colossae, for he shared the Gospel with his friends there. He also had a ministry in the cities of Hierapolis and Laodicea. Philemon had a church meeting in his home. It is likely that Apphia and Archippus, mentioned in this verse, were respectively the wife and son of Philemon, and that Archippus was the pastor of the church. There is a good lesson for us here: God does not always need an apostle, or a “full-time Christian worker” to get a ministry established. Nor does He need elaborate buildings and extensive organizations. Here were two laymen who were used of God to start ministries in at least three cities. It is God’s plan that the Christians in the large urban areas like Ephesus reach out into the smaller towns and share the Gospel. Is your church helping to evangelize “small-town” mission fields? The Colossian assembly was predominantly Gentile in its membership. The sins that Paul named were commonly associated with the Gentiles, and his statement about the mystery applied more to the Gentiles than to the Jews. The church was probably about five years old when Paul wrote this letter.

“Paul wrote this letter because a crisis had occurred that was about to destroy the ministry of the church. [While Paul was a prisoner in Rome], Epaphras, who is mentioned in verse 7, visited Paul because he needed his help. Some new doctrines were being taught in Colosse and were invading the church and creating problems. So Paul wrote this letter to the Colossians in order to refute these heretical teachings and establish the truth of the gospel.”

In this mini-series in the Praying Through the Bible Series, we will not get much into Paul’s refuting of the false doctrine threatening the church at Colosse. We will be focusing on verses 9-14 of chapter 1 in which Paul expresses the many things he prays for on behalf of the Colossian believers. One thing that we will notice is that Paul’s prayers are largely positive. He has heard many good things about the church at Colosse. And his prayers are for the church to keep going in the direction that they have been going.

Paul and his associates received a good report from the Colossian minister Epaphras about this local church body. He calls the believers “faithful brethren” and says that he is “giving thanks” for their faith in Christ, their love for other believers, the hope they have in Heaven, and the fruit that is being produced in their lives. So, his prayer for these believers is a joyous thing. Through his example, we see the things that we should pray for on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Christ. And we see a reflection of how we should live so that when others pray for us, they can go to God, not with a heavy heart all the time, but with a heart full of thanksgiving and praise.

Cora M. Adams wrote:

Pilgrims of earth on your journey through life,
Joyous in freedom, or weary with strife,
Tidings we bring you, sweet message so true:
Someone who loves you is praying for you.

Is it a father, his form bowed with care?
Bending ’neath burdens that someone should share,
Working and hoping with heart ever true,
Patiently trusting, and praying for you.

Is it a mother, with silvery hair?
Steps slow and feeble, the form once so fair,
Keeping love’s lamp trimmed and burning so true,
Waiting for Heaven, and praying for you.

Is it a sister, a brother, or friend?
Sharing life’s burdens and true to the end,
Thro’ storm and sunshine with skies dark or blue,
Someone who loves you is praying for you.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

Don’t Worry, Pray, and be Happy! Part 5 (Praying Through the Bible #318)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Philippians 4:1-7

1 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.

3 And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.

4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

— PRAYER —

We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible.” The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have completed 317 messages in this series.

This is message #318 titled, Don’t Worry, Pray, and be Happy! Part 5.

David Steindl-Rast said, “It is not joy that makes us grateful, it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”

How can we stop worrying and be happy? And, not just happy, but joyful? That is the question we are addressing in this series. So far we have learned that, through Christ, it is indeed possible to rejoice despite the circumstances and the anxiety that threatens our daily life. And, Paul tells us three specific things that we can do to ensure tht we can “rejoice in the Lord.”

First, we ought to pray. That is what Paul did when he was in prison. He prayed and cast all of his burdens on the Lord. Second, we should engage in supplication — the earnest sharing of our needs and deepest feelings with God. This means that sometimes our prayers will not be pretty; we may feel apprehensive about verbalizing what is truly in our heart. But censoring ourselves doesn’t work with God because he already knows our hearts. Recently, singer Carrie Underwood opened up about how she got real with God after suffering three miscarriages. She told CBS Sunday Morning that she asked the Lord, ‘Why do I keep getting pregnant if I can’t have a kid? What is this? Shut the door. Do something. Either shut the door or let me have a kid.’ She said, “For the first time, I feel like I actually told God how I felt. I feel like we’re supposed to do that.” She’s right. Get real With God as long as you do it respectfully

We are supposed to do that. And doing that is essential to our joy. Remember: God is the one Person you can always be honest with because he already knows.

But there is one other thing we ought to do in order to “rejoice in the Lord always.” And, that is: give thanks. Paul writes, “In every thing by prayer and supplication WITH THANKSGIVING let your requests be made known unto God.” While you are asking for things and sharing your needs, be sure to remember and thank God for all that He has done for you and all that He is doing for you. Gratitude begets joy.

William Arthur Ward said, “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” When we remember to pray with thanksgiving, we remind, not God, but ourselves of all that we have to be thankful for. This is essential to being joyful despite whatever negative circumstances we may be facing at the time. Yet, it is easy for us to forget to say, “Thank you, Lord.” Just as you likely have a prayer list, it is a good idea to make a praise list and write down all of the things that you have to thank God for.

If you struggle with remembering things to thank God for, this hymn by Percival Chubb might help:

We lift our hearts in thanks today
For all the gifts of life;
And first, for peace that turns away
The enemies of strife;

And next, the beauty of the earth,
Its flowers and lovely things,
The spring’s great miracle of birth,
With sound of songs and wings;

Then, harvests of its teeming soil
In orchard, croft and field;
But more, the service and the toil
Of those who helped them yield;

And most, the gifts of hope and love,
Of wisdom, truth and right,
The gifts that shine like stars above
To chart the world by night.

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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

Dr. Huxtable (Bill Cosby) Has Been Found Out and He Is Reaping What He Has Sown #2: A Word to the Wise, Including Judge Kavanaugh, Harvey Weinstein, Bill Hybels, President Trump, and Others: When You Are Accused of Something, the Best Thing to Do Is to Admit That You Are a Sinner and That You Are Capable of Doing Evil Things Even if You Did Not Do the Thing You’re Accused Of

Dr. Huxtable (Bill Cosby) Has Been Found Out and He Is Reaping What He Has Sown


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

Numbers 32:23 says, “Behold, ye have sinned against the Lord: and be sure your sin will find you out.”

Galatians 6:7-9 says, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

Dr. Huxtable (Bill Cosby) has been found out and he is reaping what he has sown. A word to the wise, including Judge Kavanaugh, Harvey Weinstein, Bill Hybels, President Trump, and others: When you are accused of something, the best thing to do is to admit that you are a sinner and that you are capable of doing evil things. Perhaps you did not do the specific thing you are being accused of, but it is good for you to admit that you are capable of doing similar evil. Saying things like Judge Kavanaugh said in his interview on Monday, such as, ‘I was a virgin all thought high school and college; and I’m not capable of doing such acts,’ and talking about how ‘good and kind’ you are is asinine and makes you sound and look like you’re lying. I personally would like to see Kavanaugh become a Supreme
Court Justice, but he is not Jesus. All of us can at least admit we are capable of sin.

In Numbers 32, the children of Israel are admonished to keep their promise of obedience to the Lord as they prepare to enter the Promised Land. If they don’t the Lord promises them in verse 23, “But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the LORD, and be sure your sin will find you out.” Warren Wiersbe said, “Moses repeated their promise and added a word of warning: If they didn’t keep their promise, they would be sinning against the Lord, and their sin would catch up with them! The phrase ‘Be sure your sin will find you out’ is often used in evangelistic appeals, and it can have that application, but the original intent was to admonish God’s people.”

We all need to understand that it is important to confess our sins now because they will catch up and be revealed in the future.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

Don’t Worry, Pray, and be Happy! Part 3 (Praying Through the Bible #316)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Philippians 4:1-7

1 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.

3 And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.

4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

— PRAYER —

We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible.” The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have completed 315 messages in this series.

This is message #316 titled, Don’t Worry, Pray, and be Happy! Part 3.

From this passage, we have been learning through Paul’s words and example how we can, not just be happy, but be truly joyful despite circumstances that would normally cause worry and anxiety. The key to this way of life is prayer. Paul says, ‘Don’t worry about anything, but in every thing by prayer…’ When a thought of worry comes to your mind, stop and pray. When anxiety presses on your soul, stop and pray.

Then, Paul digs a little bit deeper and tells us a specific way to pray when we are facing the temptation to worry. “In every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Warren Wiersbe calls these three — prayer, supplication, and thanksgiving — “right praying.” He writes, “Right praying involves all three. The word ‘prayer’ is the general word for making requests known to the Lord. It carries the idea of adoration, devotion, and worship. Whenever we find ourselves worrying, our first action ought to be to get alone with God and worship Him. Adoration is what is needed. We must see the greatness and majesty of God! We must realize that He is big enough to solve our problems. Too often we rush into His presence and hastily tell Him our needs, when we ought to approach His throne calmly and in deepest reverence. The first step in right praying is adoration.”

How often do we focus on our problems instead of focusing on God? Far too frequently, we look everywhere and to everybody else before we look to God for the solutions to our problems. When we choose to pray in the face of difficulty — when we bend our minds and hearts to prayer — we are putting God first. We are saying, ‘God, I am choosing to look to You, knowing that You care about me in the midst of my problems.’

However, it is not natural for us to do that. It is far easier for us to focus on the things that are causing us to worry. Yet, when we focus on these things, all we do is dig a deeper hole for ourselves. A WebMD article states, “Worrying can affect your daily life so much that it can interfere with your appetite, lifestyle, habits, relationships, sleep, and job performance. Many people who worry excessively are so anxiety-ridden that they seek relief in harmful lifestyle habits such as overeating, cigarette smoking, or using alcohol and drugs.”

Instead of continuing to worry and putting yourself at risk of these negative consequences, put God first, pray to Him, and put worry behind you.

Annie Cummings wrote:

Father, in the morning
Unto Thee I’ll pray;
Let Thy loving kindness
Keep me thro’ this day.

At the busy noontide,
Pressed with work and care,
Then I’ll wait with Jesus
Till He hear my prayer.

When the evening shadows
Chase away the light,
Father, then I’ll pray Thee
Bless Thy child tonight.

Thus in life’s glad morning,
In its bright noonday,
In its shadowy evening,
Ever will I pray.

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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

Don’t Worry, Pray, and be Happy! Part 2 (Praying Through the Bible #315)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Philippians 4:1-9

1 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.

3 And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.

4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible.” The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have completed 313 messages in this series.

This is message #315 titled, Don’t Worry, Pray, and be Happy! Part 2.

According to the polling organization EuroBarometer, on a happiness scale of 1-to-10 (ten being the most happy or satisfied with life), the majority of the world sits between 3 and 7. Interestingly, a study based on data from Ipsos found that the majority of people think their peers are lying about their level of happiness. Most people believe others are more unhappy than they say they are. Regardless, nearly everyone would say they can stand to be more happy than they currently are.

For most people, the barrier to their desired level of happiness is negative circumstances. Most people would say, “I’m not happy because of this, that, or the other.” However, the Bible teaches us to not just be happy, but to rejoice, in spite of the circumstances, and that is what we are going to continue learning about from the Apostle Paul today. Jesus writes, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

The term “be careful” simply means to worry. Worry is a great cause of unhappiness and lack of joy in our day. It is interesting that Paul is the one delivering this message to not worry. As Dr. Warren Wiersbe writes, “If anybody had an excuse for worrying, it was the apostle Paul. His beloved Christian friends at Philippi were disagreeing with one another, and he was not there to help them. Paul had to face division among the believers at Rome. Added to these burdens was the possibility of his own death! Yes, Paul had a good excuse to worry—but he did not. Instead, he took time to explain to us the secret of victory over worry.”

As we learned last week, the Greek word translated as worry means ‘careful’ (or anxious). Our worries pull us in different directions. They strangle us and cause us to realize that we are not as in control as we would like to be. Paul understood these concerns. If it were up him, he would not have been in jail in Rome. He would not have tolerated the division between Euodias and Syntyche, but he wasn’t in Philippi to handle the matter. He could have descended into worry and anxiety over his own circumstances.

Yet, he tells us not just to be happy, but to be joyful. “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” How can we get from worry to rejoicing? We get there through prayer. When we pray, we cast all our burdens on the Lord. Instead of focusing on our troubles, we focus on the Lord. If we focus on our troubles, we will be strangled by them, but if we fix our eyes on Jesus, we will be steadfast in spite of them.

Julia H. Johnston wrote:

I’ve a dear Savior, ready to listen,
Bending to hear me from on high;
Even the humblest Jesus will welcome,
Every low whisper finds Him nigh.

When I am joyous, in the glad sunshine,
I will tell Him who loves me so;
Surely my Savior waiteth to hear it,
Every sweet secret He shall know.

When I’m in danger, when I’m in darkness,
Tempted to think no helper near,
Still I’ll run to Him, tell Him the story,
Ask Him to keep from harm and fear.

Trouble and sorrow drive me to Jesus,
Whom beside Him, on earth, have I?
Others may love me, Jesus can save me,
Jesus will hear me when I cry.

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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

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