Triumphant Thanksgiving


2 Corinthians 2:14

Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

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Every year around this time, people begin to reflect on the past eleven months. The idea is to find reasons to be thankful on this day. But, in this year of 2017, it is easy to see why many could feel as though they have fewer reasons to be thankful than before. Many have suffered through tremendous natural disasters — hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires that forever altered the course of their lives and their communities. This Thanksgiving is not the same for them. Others suffered through crime and violence, mass shootings, terrorism, and war on a scale that seems unlikely to abate anytime soon. This Thanksgiving is not the same for them. For the general public, the year ends under a cloud of political TURMOIL, geopolitical tension, and broad scandal the likes of which remain baffling to even the most astute observers. Many feel as though they have little or nothing to be thankful for.

That being said, the current times do not negate the biblical command to “give thanks unto the Lord, all ye people.” What, then, can we all be thankful for? Paul writes in Second Corinthians, “Now thanks be unto God…” If we look back at verse four, we find Paul telling the recipients of his letter, “Out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears.” Despite his circumstances, despite the terrible things that had happened to him, Paul is still giving thanks to God.

What for? He gives thanks to God “which always causeth us to triumph in Christ.” Despite what he has gone through, Paul is triumphant — always triumphant — over difficulties, setbacks, and disappointments in Christ. To Paul’s readers, the word translated as “triumph,” is not just an adjective, but a noun. A “Triumph” was a Roman military victory parade. F.B. Meyer said, “To the eyes of the world of that day, the ancient Roman Triumph was the most glorious spectacle which the imagination could conceive.” William Barclay adds, “That is the picture that is in Paul’s mind. He sees Christ marching in triumph throughout the world, and himself in that conquering train. It is a triumph which, Paul is certain, nothing can stop.”

A picture that we are more familiar with is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. While not quite as regal as a Roman military parade or as important as Jesus’ triumphant march through time and eternity, it is still a time when people say, “I made it through this year. I am victorious. I have a reason to celebrate this day. I have a reason to give thanks.”

Today, if you are in Christ, you can give thanks because you are a part of His Triumph. If you are a believer, you are more than a conqueror through Him; spiritually speaking, you are always triumphant. No matter what you have gone through this past year, you can give thanks to God because Christ — not you, not your ingenuity, not your smarts, not your financial assets — Christ alone has made you to triumph over the world, the flesh, and the devil. Nothing that is happening in our society today — not death, not natural disasters, not war, not political turmoil, not scandal — nothing ought to cause you to be ungrateful or unthankful on this day or any day. Christ has overcome the world, and you have overcome through Him.

If you are not in Christ, you can join the triumphant body of believers by placing your faith and trust in him for your soul’s salvation today. Through Him, you can gain victory over sin, and the punishment of sin which is death and Hell. You, too, can triumph in Christ and have a reason to give thanks.

Right now, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for Salvation from sin and Hell.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. 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 that 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. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! 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.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

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

Pastors Ought to Pray for Church Members to do the Right Thing Part 1 (Praying Through the Bible #265)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 2 Corinthians 13

1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

2 I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time; and being absent now I write to them which heretofore have sinned, and to all other, that, if I come again, I will not spare:

3 Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you.

4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.

5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.

7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.

8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

9 For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection.

10 Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.

11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

12 Greet one another with an holy kiss.

13 All the saints salute you.

14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.

— 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 264 messages in this series.

This is message #265 titled, ‘Do the Right Thing!’ Paul’s Pastoral Prayer, Part 1.

To understand the context of this passage, we must first understand the conflicts that had developed between Paul and the church at Corinth. Paul had founded the church at Corinth during one of his missionary journeys and had served there for over a year. In his absence, however, issues arose that caused him to write his first letter to the Corinthians. Scholars tell us that, after this first letter, he visited the church again during which time he was grievously offended by a church member there. He then wrote a second letter to the church which has not been preserved. The book that we call “Second Corinthians” is actually Paul’s third letter to the church, one in which he continues to address serious issues with the people and the leadership there. Dr. Reggie Kidd sums up the problems at Corinth as the following: “first, damaged relationships within the church; second, sexual misconduct; third, abuses in worship; and fourth, a rejection of Paul’s apostolic authority.”

Paul had strong words for the Christians at Corinth because they seemed to embrace teachers in the church who sowed the seeds of discord and disparaged Paul and his work for the Lord. These teachers said that they wanted to see more “power” in Paul when he came to visit them. They used Paul’s seemingly “weak” and humble spirit as a way of telling church members that he was lacking in apostolic authority. They wanted to take away the respect and influence that Paul and his fellow laborers had in that local ministry.

In this passage, Paul says that he is planning another visit to the church, during which time he will demonstrate “power” and “sharpness” in accordance with the authority he has from the Lord. However, in the meantime, he does not defend himself. He is not concerned about his reputation. Rather, he is concerned with the spiritual condition of the Corinthian believers. He tells them, “I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.”

Dr. George Guthrie writes, “This motivational bottom line stands as one of the great tests of authentic ministry. Is the minister more concerned about the spiritual condition of the church, or how he is perceived in the public eye? Paul was clearly concerned about the former. This statement places before the Corinthians the bottom line, the bedrock of his motives with regard to his relationship with them.” What is most important to Paul is not what the egotistical teachers in Corinth are saying about him. He is not concerned with showing off his “power” or demonstrating his “authority.” Instead, his prayer is that the people he has brought into the household of faith would grow mature in Christ, reject the false teachers in their midst, and, ultimately, do the right thing as children of God.

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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.

The Prayer, Giving, Prayer Connection, Part 3 (Praying Through the Bible #263)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.

10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)

11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.

12 For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;

13 Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;

14 And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.

15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

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 261 messages in this series.

This is message #262 titled, The Prayer, Giving, Prayer Connection, Part 3.

In this passage, we are looking at some of the benefits that come from the free and liberal giving of the saints to those in need. Paul’s words to the church at Corinth challenge us to not only pray for those in need, but give abundantly and sacrificially. Someone once said, “Pray as if everything depended on God, and work as if everything depended on you.” In other words, if you are praying for God to supply the needs of someone else, and you have the money or the goods they need in hand, it makes no sense for you not to move to meet that need. God does not just send the answer; sometimes, He makes us to be the answers.

Paul discusses four benefits of the Corinthian believers giving to meet the needs of the church at Jerusalem. First, of course, the needs of the impoverished saints will be met. And, second, the gift of the Corinthians will inspire “abundant thanksgivings to God.”

The third benefit that will come about from the Corinthians’ generosity is that it will be a testimony to their maturity in Christ. Paul writes, “By the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men.” When the Christians in Corinth sent aid to the Christians in Jerusalem, they would be showing obedience to Christ who commanded that His followers love each other and care for each other. William Baker notes that the word Paul uses for profession can also be translated as “proved.” In other words, the Corinthians, by their generosity, would be showing evidence that they were in Christ.

One commentator wrote, “Paul’s point is that to be vital and living, profession of faith must issue in works. The Corinthians’ willing contribution to the Jerusalem collection shows that they possess a faith that accepts the claims of the gospel and obeys its dictates as well. The paraphrase, ‘you practise the gospel that you profess to believe in’ captures the sense exactly. Paul is not alone in closely linking profession and practice. James similarly states that ‘faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead’ and ‘useless.'”

Our concern for others which often leads us to pray for others ought also to lead us to act to meet the needs of others. People cannot see our heart or our prayers. But they can see what we do for them in the name of Jesus.

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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.

The Prayer, Giving, Prayer Connection, Part 1 (Praying Through the Bible #261)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 2 Corinthians 9:7-15

7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.

10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)

11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.

12 For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;

13 Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;

14 And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.

15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

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 260 messages in this series.

This is message #261 titled, Four Blessings of Freely Giving to Those in Need, Part 1.

In this passage, Paul addresses the Corinthian believers on the matter of giving. Specifically, he is trying to encourage them to give freely to the Christians in Jerusalem who were going through a difficult time. Paul plans to visit Corinth where he hopes to collect a substantial monetary gift that he can take back to the church in Jerusalem. As he expresses his desire for the Corinthian church to be liberal in their charity, he shares with them, and with us, four benefits that are produced by giving which are found in verses 12-14.

Paul refers to giving as “the administration of service,” or as William Baker put it in his commentary, “this ministry of service.” It is “a way of referring to the offering collection as a tangible expression of Christian ministry in which the Corinthian Christians needed to participate.” It is one thing to say that you are concerned about someone, but it is another thing to show that concern by giving or serving to alleviate their suffering. Action, not just words, is required of us as Christians. In the case of the Corinthians, Paul wanted them to literally put their money where their mouth was. He wanted them to supply what was lacking among the Christians in Jerusalem. The InterVarsity Press commentary notes that “the specific help rendered by the offering of the Corinthians is that of supplying the needs of the Judean Christians. The word used denotes a shortage or deficiency of basic necessities. In the first century, this amounted to food, clothing, and shelter. So the help offered through the Corinthians’ contribution is by way of necessity, not luxury.”

If the Corinthians gave to the believers at Jerusalem, Paul tells them that they would be supplying “the want of the saints.” This is the first blessing of giving freely to those in need. The word “want” here means “lack.” The monetary offering from the Corinthian church would fill the holes that existed in the provisions of the church at Jerusalem. They would provide what that congregation lacked. But Paul says even better blessings than needs being supplied follow the act of giving.

Continuing in verse 12, he says their gift will be “abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God.” This is the second blessing of freely giving to those in need. In other words, the gift that they give to the Jerusalem church will grow even beyond what they intended and will be the cause of an outpouring or overflow of thanksgiving to God. The Bible says that God “inhabits [His presence is found in] the praises of his people.” The gift that the Corinthian church gives will cause the Christians at Jerusalem to no longer be praying for their needs to be met, but to pray with “many” exuberant thanksgivings for their needs having been met. They will be saying “thank you” to God.

Have you been the cause of anyone offering thanksgiving to God lately? Have you been the reason why someone came to church with a praise report instead of a prayer request? If not, why not start giving freely today? Supply someone else’s need. Give them a reason to be thankful.

May we share the same spirit of Robert Murray who wrote these words:

Lord, Thou lovest the cheerful giver,
Who with open heart and hand
Blesses freely, as a river
That refreshes all the land.

Grant us then the grace of giving
With a spirit large and free,
That our life and all our living
We may consecrate to Thee.

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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.

The Most Important Thing You Can Do (Praying Through the Bible #239)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Romans 10:1:

Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

— 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 238 messages in this series.

This is message #239 titled, The Most Important Thing You Can Do.

We all have experienced situations in which we feel as though we have no control regarding the outcome. We know how we would like to see things turn out, but we have no power to bring about the desired result. Such is the situation that the Apostle Paul finds himself in in Romans 10:1. All throughout chapter 9, he talks about the place of Israel in redemptive history and how God has temporarily allowed Israel to wander in unbelief that the Gentiles might be brought to faith in Christ. In fact, most of the opposition that the early church experienced came from Jews. To the dismay of Paul and the other apostles, their own people were not as receptive to the Gospel message as they would have hoped.

This fueled Paul’s concern for Israel. He could not bring about the salvation of his own people, but he called it his “heart’s desire that they might be saved.” In Romans 9:3, Paul said, “I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh.” That is some strong desire. I recall, after I got saved, God placed in my heart a burden for my own people who were steeped in religiosity and emotionalism. In the words of a fellow preacher, George Joseph, I was “naturally concerned.”

Paul’s natural concern for his people to see the light was good and in line with the will of God. It was not selfish, self-serving, or glory-seeking in the least. It was a perfect desire, yet it was one that Paul had no power to fulfill. It was essentially pointless, and we all have desires like this. Some might say their heart’s desire is to see world peace, or to see the eradication of poverty, or cancer. But there is nothing within us that can bring these desires to pass. So, what do we do?

We do as Paul did and bring our heart’s desire to God in prayer. He said, “My heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved.” Matthew Henry comments, “The soul of prayer is the heart’s desire. Paul’s wish was not only his heart’s desire, but it was his prayer. There may be desires in the heart, and yet no prayer, unless those desires be presented to God. Wishing and desiring, if that be all, are not praying.” Our wishes or desires, no matter how good they are, are useless unless we bring them before God as Paul did. Proverbs tells us that “hope [wishes or desires] deferred [unfulfilled] make the heart sick.” But when we cast the burdens of our heart on the Lord and place our most deeply-held desires in God’s hands, we are doing something. In fact, we are doing the most important thing because in every situation, the most important thing you can do is pray.

James Montgomery wrote:

Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire,
uttered or unexpressed;
the motion of a hidden fire
that trembles in the breast.

Prayer is the simplest form of speech
that infant lips can try,
prayer the sublimest strains that reach
the Majesty on high.

Prayer is the Christian’s vital breath,
the Christian’s native air,
his watchword at the gates of death:
he enters heaven with prayer.

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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.

LISTEN: Praying Through Your Midnight Hour, Part 3 (Praying Through the Bible #229 with Daniel Whyte III)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Praying Through Your Midnight Hour, Part 3 (Praying Through the Bible #229)

TEXT: Acts 16:16-26

16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:

17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.

18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,

20 And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,

21 And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.

22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.

23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:

24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.

25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

— 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 228 messages in this series.

This is message #229 titled, Praying Through Your Midnight Hour, Part 3.

As we return to this passage, we find Paul and Silas in the midst of their midnight hour. In our last message, we explored the fact that many of God’s servants experience the midnight hour. We specifically mentioned David, Elijah, and Jesus Himself. However, there were others. For example, Joseph who was thrown in prison for doing the right thing and refusing to get involved sexually with his boss’s wife. And then there is John the Baptist who was also thrown in prison for telling King Herod that it was unlawful for him to have his brother’s wife. It was during his midnight hour that John began to have questions about Jesus being the promised Messiah. He wanted to know if He was truly the light of the world because his own situation was turning out to be so dark.

So, it is no unusual thing for God’s people to experience the midnight hour. It is not odd to find Paul and Silas chained in the inner prison with their feet in the stocks simply because they had preached the Gospel and cast the devil out of a demon-possessed slave girl. While they were in their midnight hour, Paul and Silas decided to pray and praise God. Their action is significant for three reasons that apply to us in our midnight hour.

First, even though Paul and Silas were experiencing a midnight hour, God was not experiencing a midnight hour. These servants knew that their God was not in prison. Their God did not have His hands tied or His feet in the stocks. Their being restricted did not mean God was restricted. Too often, when we feel powerless, we act as though God is also powerless. In reality, it is more likely that God has allowed us to be stripped of the power that we think we have so that He can show us His true power. Jerry Salley and Steven Curtis Chapman wrote:

His strength is perfect when our strength is gone.
He’ll carry us when we can’t carry on.
Raised in His power, the weak become strong.

We can only know the power that he holds
When we truly see how deep our weakness goes
His strength will begin when ours comes to an end
He will hear our humble cry and prove Himself again

You can pray and praise God in your midnight hour because, no matter what situation you are in, God remains all powerful.

Second, you ought to pray and praise God in your midnight hour because God may have put you there to minister to others. The Bible tells us that as “Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God, the prisoners heard them.” It is not only God’s children who experience the midnight hour, but people who do not know God experience the midnight hour as well. It is significant that the prisoners heard Paul and Silas praying and praising God. What an encouragement it must have been to them. What an example these two imprisoned apostles set.

The world is looking at us when we go through our midnight hours. They want to see if the God we say we serve really makes a difference during our dark times. Chelsea Patterson said, “When we respond to suffering well, we practically demonstrate to the unbelieving world that God is more glorious and precious to us than any pain and difficulty we might endure. We have the opportunity to show where and in whom we find our true treasure. By placing our ultimate hope in Christ rather than in the temporary things of this world, God receives the glory.” God may have put you in the midnight hour so that you could be an encouragement to others in similar circumstances.

Joseph was called to minister to his fellow prisoners while he was wrongfully imprisoned. Instead of moping and complaining, he set a godly example so much so that the jailer entrusted him with the keeping of the prison. His integrity and good example won him the favor of the other prisoners and they felt comfortable turning to him for help with personal matters.

David also ministered to others in his midnight hour. The Bible says that, as the future king was hiding in caves while on the run from Saul, “every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them.” David provided leadership for people who did not know what to do with their lives. Out of their collective midnight experience came David’s 400 “mighty men” who served him throughout his reign.

Instead of focusing only on getting out of your predicament, consider how you can be a help, a blessing, an example, and an encouragement to others going through a midnight hour as well.

Third, realize that God may be using your midnight hour to demonstrate His power and display His glory. As Paul and Silas were praying and praising God, the Bible says that “suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.” God sometimes takes our midnight situations and uses them to show His glory. When His power is displayed, He is glorified not only by those who know Him already, but also by those who do not know Him. Paul and Silas’ fellow prisoners realized that the God these two men prayed to was real and omnipotent. God may be getting ready to use your midnight hour in a similar way. He may be planning to show those around you who He is and that He is working on your behalf.

Erwin Lutzer said, ‘Suffering is a divine gift in your life, coming from God’s hand for God’s purposes. It’s a gift you shouldn’t resent. It’s a gift you shouldn’t be angry. You must learn to see the larger picture of what God has in mind for His glory and for His honor. That’s the agenda. Sometimes it is in the setbacks of life that we see God’s glory most clearly. We can embrace our circumstances because, at the end, nothing else matters except His glory.’

Dear friend, don’t curse your midnight hour. You might not be able to move forward at the present moment, but rest assured, God is always on the move. Even in your midnight hour, He is working out His perfect plan and purpose for you.

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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.

LISTEN: Praying Through Your Midnight Hour, Part 1 (Praying Through the Bible #227)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Praying Through Your Midnight Hour, Part 2 (Praying Through the Bible #228)

TEXT: Acts 16:16-25

16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:

17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.

18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,

20 And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,

21 And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.

22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.

23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:

24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.

25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

— 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 227 messages in this series.

This is message #228 titled, Praying Through Your Midnight Hour, Part 2.

After being arrested, beaten, and thrown into prison, Paul and Silas found themselves in a very difficult situation at midnight — literally midnight for them. On their own, they had no way out of this difficult situation. But they still decided to pray and praise God, and we ought to follow their example when we experience dark, seemingly impossible times in our lives. The reason why Paul and Silas were able to pray and praise God in their midnight hour is because they knew God was with them in the midnight hour. Thomas Watson said, “If God be our God, He will give us peace in trouble. When there is a storm without, He will make peace within. The world can create trouble in peace, but God can create peace in trouble.”

All of us will experience the midnight hour at some time in our lives.

David experienced this midnight hour. He had killed Goliath, was anointed to be the next king of Israel, was the best friend of Saul’s son, and was married to Saul’s daughter. Yet, he found himself hiding in caves and on the run from Saul and his army.

Elijah experience the midnight hour. This prophet of God stood up all alone on Mt. Carmel against the king, the queen, and 400 of Baal’s prophets. All alone, he called down fire from Heaven through prayer, proving to the people that “the Lord, he is God.” Yet, he found himself afraid, on the run from Jezebel who vowed to kill him by sundown the next day, and living out in the wilderness being fed by ravens.

Jesus experienced the midnight hour. He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and preached that the kingdom of God had come. Yet, He found himself hated by the people who should have been celebrating Him. He found Himself under constant death threat, being falsely accused, and eventually betrayed, arrested, beaten, and crucified.

The midnight hour comes to all of God’s children. The question is: What will you do in yours? Will you throw up your hands, become depressed and discouraged, and curse the darkness? Or, will you, like Paul and Silas, light a candle and press on in prayer and in praise? Will you pause in the midst of your darkness and let your requests be made known to God? Will you stop and praise God that He is in the darkness with you?

President Franklin D. Roosevelt set a great example for us during one of the darkest days in history — D-Day, June 6, 1944. As thousands of Allied troops swarmed the beaches of France under open sky, where they faced hundreds of thousands of bullets and the chance of survival was 1 in 4, President Roosevelt went before the nation, not to make a speech, but to offer a prayer to God. It has been called his “Prayer During Dark Times.” While many citizens were afraid and worried about their sons, brothers, and husbands entering combat and what would happen if the offensive failed, the president put the focus of the nation where it needed to be — on God, who was with them even at such a dark time.

God was with David in the caves as he was on the run, and out of his midnight hour, came a king after God’s own heart. God was with Elijah in the wilderness, and out of his midnight hour, he was reminded that God was stronger than Jezebel and that he was not alone because there were 7,000 others in Israel who had not bowed the knee to Baal. God was with Jesus in Gethsemane, and out of His midnight hour, He received the strength and the assurance to go forward with the plan of redemption that had been set up before the foundation of the world.

Great things come out of the midnight hour. Wherever you are in life, God is with you. He has a plan and a purpose for the position that you are in. And, for that reason, you should pray to Him and praise Him in your midnight hour.

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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.

LISTEN: Praying Through Your Midnight Hour, Part 1 (Praying Through the Bible #227 with Daniel Whyte III)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Praying Through Your Midnight Hour, Part 1 (Praying Through the Bible #227)

TEXT: Acts 16:16-25

16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:

17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.

18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,

20 And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,

21 And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.

22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.

23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:

24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.

25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

— PRAYER —

Warren Wiersbe said, “Instead of complaining or calling on God to judge their enemies, the two men prayed and praised God. When you are in pain, the midnight hour is not the easiest time for a sacred concert, but God gives “songs in the night”. “Any fool can sing in the day,” said Charles Haddon Spurgeon. “It is easy to sing when we can read the notes by daylight; but the skillful singer is he who can sing when there is not a ray of light to read by … Songs in the night come only from God; they are not in the power of men.” Prayer and praise are powerful weapons. God responded by shaking the foundations of the prison, opening all the doors, and loosening the prisoners’ bonds.”

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 226 messages in this series.

This is message #227 titled, Why You Should Pray and Praise God in Your Midnight Hour, Part 1.

As you will recall, Paul and Silas were on their way to pray in the city of Philippi when they were repeatedly followed by a young female slave who had a spirit of divination. The demonic spirit in this woman constantly and loudly declared that Paul and Silas were the servants of God who showed people the way of salvation. One day, Paul, who was grieved in his spirit by this action, commanded the evil spirit to come out of the woman, and it did. The woman’s owners who had been using her to make money by fortune-telling were upset. Paul had hit their pocketbook, and they did not like it.

In retaliation, they kidnapped Paul and Silas and dragged them before the magistrates or city rulers. They accused the evangelists of troubling the city and teaching customs which were not lawful for Romans to observe. The woman’s owners also stirred up the townspeople, and as a result, the city rulers had Paul and Silas beaten with “many stripes” after which they were thrown into prison. The jailer was given the command to keep them securely, so he put them in “the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.” Today, we would say they were put in a maximum security facility. Or in the “hole”

Paul and Silas were in yet another impossible situation at no fault of their own. Paul and Silas being beaten and imprisoned was not due to any sin or crime on their part. In fact, they had consistently been doing the right things — praying, preaching the Gospel, and moving forward in ministry under God’s guidance. Yet they found themselves in this predicament.

What is their response? In prison, at midnight, their response is to pray and sing praises unto God. They did not change their behavior because of their predicament. They pressed on in prayer and praise at the midnight hour.

The midnight hour is the darkest part of the night. While it was literally midnight for these men of God, midnight for us can represent dark times in our lives. Those times when we feel like we have done everything right, yet everything turns out wrong. Those times when we have prayed and planned, yet we find ourselves facing overwhelming problems. Those times when it seems like the pressure of the world is piling on us and we are experiencing a dark night, a midnight, of the soul.

David experienced this midnight hour. He had killed Goliath, was anointed to be the next king of Israel, was the best friend of Saul’s son, and was married to Saul’s daughter. Yet, he found himself hiding in caves and on the run from Saul and his army.

Elijah experience the midnight hour. This prophet of God stood up all alone on Mt. Carmel against the king, the queen, and 400 of Baal’s prophets. All alone, he called down fire from Heaven through prayer, proving to the people that “the Lord, he is God.” Yet, he found himself afraid, on the run from Jezebel who vowed to kill him by sundown the next day, and living out in the wilderness being fed by ravens.

Jesus experienced the midnight hour. He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and preached that the kingdom of God had come. Yet, He found himself hated by the people who should have been celebrating Him. He found Himself under constant death threat, being falsely accused, and eventually betrayed, arrested, beaten, and crucified.

The midnight hour comes to all of God’s children. The question is: What will you do in yours? Will you throw up your hands, become depressed and discouraged, and curse the darkness? Or, will you, like Paul and Silas, light a candle and press on in prayer and in praise? Will you pause in the midst of your darkness and let your requests be made known to God? Will you stop and praise God that He is in the darkness with you?

President Franklin D. Roosevelt set a great example for us during one of the darkest days in history — D-Day, June 6, 1944. As thousands of Allied troops swarmed the beaches of France under open sky, where they faced hundreds of thousands of bullets and the chance of survival was 1 in 4, President Roosevelt went before the nation, not to make a speech, but to offer a prayer to God. It has been called his “Prayer During Dark Times.” While many citizens were afraid and worried about their sons, brothers, and husbands entering combat and what would happen if the offensive failed, the president put the focus of the nation where it needed to be — on God, who was with them even at such a dark time.

God was with David in the caves as he was on the run, and out of his midnight hour, came a king after God’s own heart. God was with Elijah in the wilderness, and out of his midnight hour, he was reminded that God was stronger than Jezebel and that he was not alone because there were 7,000 others in Israel who had not bowed the knee to Baal. God was with Jesus in Gethsemane, and out of His midnight hour, He received the strength and the assurance to go forward with the plan of redemption that had been set up before the foundation of the world.

Great things come out of the midnight hour. Wherever you are in life, God is with you. He has a plan and a purpose for the position that you are in. And, for that reason, you should pray to Him and praise Him in your midnight hour.

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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.

How To Walk, Part 5 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #277)

spiritual-warfare

A series of homilies on Ephesians.

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

TEXT: Ephesians 4:32:

32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

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A.W. Tozer said, “Faith enables our spiritual sense to function. Where faith is defective the result will be inward insensibility and numbness toward spiritual things. This is the condition of vast numbers of Christians today. No proof is necessary to support that statement. We have but to converse with the first Christian we meet or enter the first church we find open to acquire all the proof we need.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “There is no other way for America to be saved unless we have a Holy Ghost revivaI that makes men hate sin, loathe sin, turn from sin, and repent of sin!”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Recognizing the passion with which his students engaged in debate, Dr. Timothy Dwight challenged their thinking in a series of lectures that confronted aspects of the philosophy they had begun to embrace. Among his lecture topics were ‘The Nature and Danger of Infidel Philosophy’ and ‘Is the Bible the Word of God?’ In another lecture series, Dwight discussed the various principles of deism and materialism. In a forum that had for so long been sympathetic only to rationalism, the college president’s lectures convinced students that Christianity was intellectually credible. While many chose not to embrace the faith of their president, the student body came to respect him deeply and even to admire him. He preached the gospel of their forefathers in the language of their professors.”

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The final trait that Paul speaks of in this passage that should be a part of the life of the new person who is filled with the Holy Spirit is forgiveness. “Forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

No one is exempt from the command to forgive. It applies to everyone, for everyone, at some point in their life, has experienced offense or wrongdoing. We are instructed to forgive rather than to grow bitter, wrathful, angry, or to let malice grow in our hearts.

The Greek word translated as forgiveness means to pardon, to give graciously or freely, or to graciously restore one to another. The Hebrew word translated as “forgive” means to pardon.

Merriam-Webster’s defines “forgive” like this: “to stop feeling anger toward someone who has done something wrong; to stop blaming someone; to stop requiring payment.” People feel a keen sense of injustice when they are wronged. They feel as though the person who has offended them needs to pay. They seek revenge. They only feel justified when the other person has suffered sufficiently.

But Christians must abandon this definition of justice. Justice for the Christian is ceasing to demand — whether outwardly or internally — that the other person be “paid out” for their crimes against us. We know that God will judge every one fairly in the end. But it is not our place to demand that judgment because of what Jesus Christ has done for us. Because of His sacrifice on the cross, God no longer feels anger at us for our sins. He no longer sees us as guilty; He no longer requires payment for our sins. We ought to extend His forgiveness to others.

John MacArthur said, “If God, Who has received the greater offense, can forgive us, then believers, who have been offended far less, must forgive. If they forget the forgiveness they’ve received and refuse to forgive, God causes them to endure such ‘torturers’ as stress, hardships, troubled consciences, and other trials until they deal with the sin. James says, ‘Judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy.'”

Rosamond Herklots wrote:

‘Forgive our sins as we forgive,’
you taught us, Lord, to pray,
but you alone can grant us grace
to live the words we say.

How can your pardon reach and bless
the unforgiving heart,
that broods on wrongs and will not let
old bitterness depart?

In blazing light your cross reveals
the truth we dimly knew:
what trivial debts are owed to us,
how great our debt to you!

Lord, cleanse the depths within our souls,
and bid resentment cease;
then, bound to all in bonds of love,
our lives will spread your peace.

Let’s pray.

How To Walk, Part 4 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #276)

spiritual-warfare

A series of homilies on Ephesians.

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”

I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

TEXT: Ephesians 4:32:

32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

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During the Back to Jerusalem Movement, Chinese house church leaders stated, “When the Lord reveals His will to us and we obey, our mission will be a success regardless of the results.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “If God hasn’t gone out of business, then revival must be possible. The trouble is we don’t want revival; we just want blessing. We just want our churches full! We just want an easy way.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Dr. Timothy Dwight was among the best educated and most widely respected ministers of that day. As the grandson of Jonathan Edwards, he was familiar with the stories of the Great Awakening. But more than just a man with knowledge, Timothy Dwight had caught something of his grandfather’s passion for revival. As an intellectual, he refused to believe the pursuit of knowledge was in any way hindered by faith in God. When he became president of Yale College in 1795, he chose to use his unique gifts to address headon the problems of the college campus.”

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The next trait that God says the new man in Christ ought to demonstrate is that of tenderheartedness. The Greek meaning of the word is compassionate or sympathetic; one who has strong bowels — that is, a deep feeling of emotion for others. A King James translation for this word is “pitiful”, meaning to be full of pity for another. The Merriam-Webster’s definition is: “easily moved to love, pity, or sorrow.”

In world where the love of many is waxing cold, people who have tender hearts are needed. When was the last time you were really moved by somebody else’s pain and suffering. The opportunities are numerous. Families are suffering without food, without medical care, and without basic safety under constant bombing in Syria. In Nigeria, hundreds of family members still do not know what has become of their daughters who were kidnapped two years ago. In North Korea and in China, Christians are persecuted for their faith as a fact of life. Do you feel for them? Has your feelings moved you to prayer and to action?

Again, Jesus is our example of tenderheartedness. The Scottish preacher George Morrison said, “It is a continual wonder about Jesus that He was so strong and yet so tenderhearted. No authority could make Him fearful; no array of power could ever daunt Him, and yet a bruised reed he would not break, and smoking flax He would not quench. He was not tender because He knew so little. He was tender because He knew so much. All that was hidden from duller eyes He saw — all that men had to bear and battle through. Their helplessness, their crying in the night, their inarticulate appeal to heaven — all this was ever audible to Jesus and kept His heart as tender as a child’s. And He never lost this tenderheartedness even in the darkness of the cross. Men scorned Him, and they spat on Him, and crucified Him, yet He said, ‘Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.’ And when that mind of Christ is given by the Spirit to you and me, then whatever happens, however we are treated, we shall be kind one to another, tenderhearted.”