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Prayer and Sex (Praying Through the Bible #241)

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Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 1 Corinthians 7:1-6:

1 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.

2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.

3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.

4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.

5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

6 But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.

— 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 240 messages in this series.

This is message #241 titled, Prayer and Sex.

Before I begin, several years I wrote a message for my Prayer Motivator Devotional podcast. By way of introduction, allow me to share with you my personal encouragement titled “God, Sex, and Prayer: Don’t be so heavenly-minded that you’re no earthly good”

As a young person, I hated church, I hated preachers, I hated church people and anything that had to do with church. We went to church every time the doors of the church were opened, and we stayed in church all day long on Sundays. One of the reasons why I hated church is because both of my parents were preachers. I carried my father’s name, he is Daniel Whyte, Jr., and I am Daniel Whyte III, and he was pretty well-known in that region, and I did not like that situation at all since I was trying to be cool, hip, and accepted by my evil peers.

I did not like church or church people for several reasons:

(1) many men seemed weak and effeminate; in fact, I don’t believe they even liked football because they stayed in church way past the time all of the games were played every Sunday during football season;

(2) the women, for the most part, controlled the men and ran everything in the church;

(3) my dad was Baptist and my mother was Pentecostal Holiness, but in any church we went to there always seemed to be people in the choir or doing the music who were out and out homosexuals, and if they weren’t, they acted as though they were not interested in the women, and to me that was rather odd that no matter what denomination we went to, homosexuals ruled in the choir box and/or at the piano or organ. This was a huge turnoff for me because if testosterone can be measured on a scale of 1 to 100, I was off the charts at least to 150. I was very much interested in the beautiful girls in the choir.

(4) as I touched on before, church services were long and drawn out. If they preached the Gospel, they did not preach it were I was able to understand it. Most of the time was taken up with spooky stuff such as speaking in tongues, and showmanship rather than spirituality.

My point in sharing this testimony with you as we start this series on God, sex, and prayer, is to help you to understand that when I share something with you about prayer, it does not come from the standpoint of religiosity or trying to be super-spiritual, mystical and spooky. I got saved out of religion and a lot of unnecessary foolishness. You are hearing from a man’s man who believes that you can pray consistently and still have exciting, satisfying sex with your wife consistently. (I would like to say here that as a credit to my wife, even though we have had our problems over the past 26 years of marriage from time to time, she’s never tried to use sex as a weapon against me. By the way, prayer, firm leadership according to Ephesians 5 and 6, and sex is what God has used to keep our marriage together this long in spite of the odds against us. Now, dear brother, if you are having problems with your wife using sex to manipulate you and control you to have her way, I feel bad for you, son. But I have 99 problems, but sex with my wife ain’t one. I thank God for that and I’ll be praying for you.) You are hearing from a man who believes you can pray consistently and still watch a good football game with the guys, not think for a minute that the game is violent. You are hearing from a Christian man who believes you can pray and still enjoy life with your family and others to its fullest without spooking people out, trying to act all sanctimonious. In other words, you can pray and keep it real. You don’t have to be so Heavenly minded that you’re no earthly good. So, don’t get it twisted. When I encourage you to pray, that does not mean you turn into a monk or a nun and get so “spiritual” and so “holy” that you can’t take care of business in the bedroom and in other areas of life. Remember, my motto that God gave me many years ago: Pray, Think, and Do.

Special notes, Believe it or not, God wants people who are married to get the sex.

For many of us, we may need to have sex first and then pray. I’ll leave it at that.

A church planter told me how he invited a young pastor to take over the church he started. The church planter was excited about turning the church over to him, but the young pastor, for some reason, had told the deacons and men of the church that if he became pastor they could not have sex on Friday and Saturday leading up to services. Needless to say, the men of the church voted against him and he did not get the opportunity to pastor that church.

To pastors wives, You are partly responsible for and will be held accountable to God if your husband commits adultery with another woman in the church because you have cut him off.

Pastors’ wives, your husband will not preach his best or be at his best if you do not take care of his sexual needs.

To pastors’ wives, much of the moral failure happening with pastors today would be prevented if the pastor’s wife would do her job of showing respect, affection, and sexual interest toward her husband. This goes for other church leaders and deacons as well.

To pastors wives, your husband will not need Ashley Madison if you did your wifely duties.

Dr. Warren Wiersbe said, “It has been my experience as a pastor that when a husband and wife are yielded to the Lord, and when they seek to please each other in the marriage relationship, the marriage will be so satisfying that neither partner would think of looking elsewhere for fulfillment. “There are no sex problems in marriage,” a Christian counselor once told me, “only personality problems with sex as one of the symptoms.” The present frightening trend of increased divorces among Christians (and even among the clergy) breaks the heart of God.”

In this passage, Paul responds to questions regarding celibacy and marriage that had been sent to him from the church at Corinth. Speaking with “permission” from the Lord, Paul says that it is good for men and women to be celibate. However, he also provides guidelines for those who are unable to remain so. He says it is better for people to marry than to have to endure the temptation of committing fornication. He also says that the husband ought to “render due benevolence” to the wife and that the wife ought to do the same to the husband. In verse 4, speaking of sex within marriage, he writes that the wife’s body belongs to the husband and the husband’s body belongs to the wife.

In God’s Word, sex within marriage is always portrayed as good. Some commentators even go so far as to suggest that the verse we are focusing on today requires — even commands — that married people have sex with each other frequently. Paul says that neither the husband nor the wife should “defraud” or “deprive” the other of sexual relations. The reason for this is because such deprivation opens up the door for the temptation of adultery. If a husband and wife are not coming together, they must consider whether they are abstaining for legitimate reasons or whether they are just giving the devil room to work. One thing we see from this passage is that God wants to encourage sex between married people. The devil also wants to encourage sex, but between people who are not married to each other or in perverted, abominable ways such as homosexuality, masturbation, and pornography.

Dr. Warren Wiersbe writes, “One man married to one woman has been God’s pattern from the first. However, the husband and wife must not abuse the privilege of sexual love that is a normal part of marriage. The wife’s body belongs to the husband, and the husband’s body to the wife; and each must be considerate of the other. Sexual love is a beautiful tool to build with, not a weapon to fight with. To refuse each other is to commit robbery and to invite Satan to tempt the partners to seek their satisfaction elsewhere.”

So, what are the legitimate reasons for which a husband and wife can abstain from sex? Paul only gives one: fasting and prayer. The reason why Paul previously said it is better to be celibate is because a celibate person is better able to give himself or herself wholly to the Lord and His work. So, it is fine for married couples to abstain in order to fast, pray, and better serve God. But Paul places some restrictions on the abstaining.

First, both parties must agree to it. Paul says, “defraud ye not one another except it with consent.” Neither the husband nor the wife can unilaterally decide not to have sex with their spouse for any period of time. They must come to an agreement on the matter. And, second, if both husband and wife decide to abstain, they must do so only for a short period of time. Paul says, “Ye must come together again, lest Satan tempt you.” Both parties must agree to the length of time they plan on abstaining.

Paul’s advice is intended to maximize a couple’s fidelity to each other while, at the same time, maximizing their spiritual growth and their potential for service to the Lord. Some might not be willing to say it, but sex and prayer are two of the main ingredients in a strong, long-lasting Christian marriage.

Michael P. Johnson wrote this poem which encourages husbands and wives to pray together:

Come join me now in prayer, my friend
Unite our souls in praise
Together, let our knees now bend
To the Ancient of Days

In spirit, let us be as one
Let’s bow before God’s throne
Let’s thank Him for the victory won
Upon the tree alone

In gratitude let’s raise our voice
Let’s celebrate and sing
Within our hearts, let us rejoice
That Christ is truly King

Let’s pray each day as a family
That our selfish world may hear
The truth that sets their souls free
And learn their God to fear

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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.

Praying for the Preachers, Part 4 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #118)

spiritual-warfare

A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

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 5 & 6 (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.

Ephesians 6:10-20:

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

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Bill Hybels said, “Prayerless people cut themselves off from God’s prevailing power, and the frequent result is the familiar feeling of being overwhelmed, overrun, beaten down, pushed around, defeated. Surprising numbers of people are willing to settle for lives like that.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “How do you learn to pray? Well, how do you learn to swim? Do you sit in a chair with your feet up drinking coke learning to swim? No, you get down and you struggle. That’s how you learn to pray. Prayer is our strength. Prayer generates strength; it generates vision; it generates power. And the devil will drive you away from the prayer closet more than anything.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “While the revival had limited effect in South America, both Brazil and Chile were exceptions to the rule. The growth of the evangelical church in those nations began during the revival and continued uninterrupted throughout the century. Approximately one hundred years later, both nations boasted more evangelicals than Roman Catholics attending church in what had once been predominantly Catholic nations.”

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Today, as we once again consider the reasons why we should pray for the preachers of the Gospel, we focus on Paul’s words — repeated here, twice in two verses — “that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” “Therein” means ‘while I am in such a situation’, ‘while I am in my chains, I ought to preach the Gospel boldly.’

It is one thing to preach boldly when you are not opposed by the world and the devil. But it is another to preach when you are in chains. Yet, Paul said this is what he “ought” to do. In other words, this is what is expected or required of him. In a way, it was Paul’s destiny or purpose to declare the Gospel before the highest echelon of organized government in that day. Paul was following the example of his Master. Just as Jesus had not backed down before the Jewish religious establishment, Paul would not back down before the Roman court. It was the least he could do for his Savior.

Adam Clarke wrote the following about Paul’s condition in prison. He said, “Of course, the ancient Greek word for chains meant a prisoner’s shackles. But it could also be used for the gold adornment worn around the neck and wrists of the wealthy and powerful. On special occasions, ambassadors wore such chains to show the riches, power, and dignity of the government they represented. Paul considers his prisoner’s chains to actually be the glorious adornment of an ambassador of Jesus Christ.”

It would be wonderful if we had more preachers who valued the temporary gold and silver ‘chains’ of the world less and valued the ‘chains’ of Christ more. Christ’s chains may come in the form of persecution and suffering now, but they will be turned into chains of glory for eternity.

Praying for the Preachers, Part 3 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #117)

A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

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 5 & 6 (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.

Ephesians 6:18-20:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

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John Piper said, “One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “If the saints are the salt of the earth, then praying people are the salt of the church.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Revival swept through the island nations of the Pacific as well. In Indonesia, 100,000 evangelicals in 1903 became 300,000 strong within the decade. On the island of Nias, two-thirds of the population was converted to Christ. In Malagasia, Protestant church membership increased by 66 percent.”

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Today, we are going to consider another reason why we ought to pray for the ministers whom God has appointed as pastors, preachers, evangelists, teachers, and missionaries. We ought to pray that they are willing, enabled, and inspired to preach. We also ought to pray for them that they will continue to preach even when they are in circumstances and surrounded by people that are opposed to the Gospel.

We remember that Paul was in prison when he wrote this letter to the Ephesians. He had been jailed for preaching the Gospel, but Luke informs us in the book of Acts that, even as he was under house arrest, he continued preaching to all who would listen — Jews and Gentiles, Romans and barbarians. Paul never stopped doing what he had been called to do, and part of the reason why is because he had faithful believers praying for him in the local churches that he had helped start.

Some scholars believe that the special cause for this particular request for prayer was because Paul anticipated being put on trial before Caesar — not just any Caesar, but the infamous Nero. Can you imagine that scene? Paul, perhaps with one or two of his faithful associates, standing amidst the glory of Rome to defend his faith and his preaching before a bloodthirsty Nero and the twenty Roman assessors who acted as jury. Surely, the prayers of the saints strengthened the Apostle Paul at such a time. Surely the prayers of the saints will strengthen the men of God who face such foreboding circumstances around the world in our day and time.

Praying for the Preachers, Part 2 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #116)

spiritual-warfare

A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

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 5 & 6 (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.

Ephesians 6:18-20:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

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Albert Richardson said, “A man’s influence in the world can be gauged not by his eloquence, or his zeal, or his orthodoxy, or his energy, but by his prayers.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Are we sorry for grieving the heart of God, for denying God the right to own our personality, to own our mind, to own our thoughts, to own our emotions? If not, we’re robbing God.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Korea experienced three waves of revival in the first decade of the new century, the best known being the 1907 “Korean Pentecost.” Church membership quadrupled during the decade. One of those touched by the Korean revival was a Canadian missionary serving in China, Jonathan Goforth. He returned to Manchuria as a carrier of revival. The national awakening that followed doubled the Protestant population of that nation to a quarter of a million, despite the persecution surrounding both the Boxer Uprising and the 1911 Revolution.”

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The reason why Paul requested prayer that he might preach and preach boldly is because he desired “to make known the mystery of the gospel.” Preachers today are being tempted to preach nearly everything but the Gospel. From our pulpits, we hear more and more self-help content, more feel-good sermons, more sermons about finances, marriage, parenting, doing well in the workplace, etc. Some of these things need to be preached from the pulpit, but that preaching should not take place at the expense of the Gospel.

We need to pray that our preachers get back to preaching the Gospel and the whole council of God. We need to pray that God would give them the ability to speak boldly and clearly. That is what our country and the world needs.

Not only do we need for the Gospel to be preached boldly, but we need for the Gospel to be preached plainly. That is why Paul asks for the power of God to make known the mystery of the Gospel. The Gospel can only be revealed through the power of God and the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. It takes a Holy Spirit-filled preacher to make the Gospel plain to the masses who are already confused by the devil and the darkness in the world.

Let us pray that God would give His preachers boldness and the power of the Holy Spirit to make plain the mystery of the Gospel.

Praying for the Preachers, Part 1 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #115)

spiritual-warfare

A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

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 5 & 6 (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.

Ephesians 6:18-20:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

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J.B. Johnston said, “If prayer meetings fail in a congregation, so will the ministry of the pastor become unfruitful and the preaching of the word fail to convert sinners and promote holiness in the professors of religion.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Someone asked me, ‘Do you pray for the dead?” I said, “No, I preach to them!” I think every pew in every church is death row. Think about that! They’re dead! They sing about God; they talk about God, but they’re dead! They have no living relationship (with God).”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Missionaries in Burma reported an “ingathering quite surpassing anything known in the history of the mission.” Among the Burmese ethnic group known as the Karens, two thousand were baptized in 1905, ten times the usual number. In a single church, 1,340 of the Shans, another ethnic group, were baptized in December of that year.”

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As he continues with the theme of the importance of prayer in having victory in spiritual battles, Paul asks the Ephesian believers to pray for him. Pastors, when was the last time you asked your congregation to pray for you. No matter how talented or gifted you are, you can always use the power of the Holy Spirit which comes in answer to the prayers of others for you. We as Christians speak often of praying for our governmental leaders, but God wants us to pray for our leaders in the body of Christ as well.

What should we pray for? First, we should pray “that utterance may be given unto” them. The word “utterance” simply means the ability to speak words. The Bible says that “faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” For one reason or another, in His divine wisdom, God has chosen that the message of salvation be passed down verbally through words. People must hear the Gospel in order to believe it. Scripture asks, “How can they hear without a preacher?” We ought to be praying that God would give His preachers the ability to preach the Gospel and that those preachers would submit to His will and actually preach.

Then, Paul asks the people to pray, “that I may open my mouth boldly.” It is one thing to preach the Gospel unopposed by the world and the devil. But it is another thing to preach the Gospel when you face arrest, ridicule, persecution, and death. Paul, as he wrote this letter, was in jail for preaching the Gospel. So, he asked God’s people to pray that God would give him boldness to continue preaching.

In this day and time, we need more preachers who will preach boldly and who will not be bent and blown by every wind and wave of opposition. That is why you need to pray for your pastor. You might not be aware of what kind of pressure he is facing to preach or not preach a certain way. There will be people in the church and outside the church who don’t want him to preach against their sin. There will be secular and government organizations who don’t want him to preach that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life — and that He is the ONLY Way, Truth, and Life. They need our prayers that they might preach.

How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 62 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #114)

spiritual-warfare

A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

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 5 & 6 (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.

Ephesians 6:10-18:

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

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Albert Barnes said, “No matter how complete the armour; no matter how skilled we may be in the science of war; no matter how courageous we are, we may be certain that without prayer we shall be defeated. God alone can give the victory; and when the Christian soldier goes forth armed completely for the spiritual conflict, if he looks to God by prayer, he may be sure of a triumph.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “The trouble with our theology is that it’s all on the blackboard; our theology is all in textbooks. It has no life. It has no breath. It has no power. It has no authority. I’m sick to death of paper theology. I want to see it in flesh and blood!”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “News of the Welsh Revival also encouraged those praying for revival in India to increase their efforts. The resulting awakening touched every province in that nation. The Christian population increased by 70 percent during the Indian Revival, sixteen times as fast as did the Hindu population. In many places, meetings lasted five to ten hours.”

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Yesterday, we looked at the importance of being watchful with perseverance. But there is another thing we ought to be doing as we watch: the Bible says we ought to watch with “supplication for all saints.”

The word “supplication” means “a seeking, an asking, or an entreating of God.” It is prayer in its most basic form — making a request of God. In this case, we are to make requests on behalf of all saints. It is easy to pray for one’s self — there is an element of selfishness in that. But it goes against human nature to pray for others.

As watchmen, we are to not only watch without, but within. When we see where others in the church have needs, we ought to lift those needs up to God in our prayers. When we see where others are faltering spiritually, we ought to pray for God to strengthen them.

Prayer is warfare, and we ought not to shrink from fighting on behalf of others. The soldiers in our country’s military fight, not just for themselves, but for the safety and protection of others. Christ, who laid down His life for the world, expects us to do the same.

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