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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

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

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.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

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.

You Never Have to Pray Alone, Part 5 (Praying Through the Bible #235)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

You Never Have to Pray Alone, Part 5 (Praying Through the Bible #235)

TEXT: Romans 8:18-28:

18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

— 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 234 messages in this series.

This is message #235 titled, You Never Have to Pray Alone, Part 5.

When we last looked at this passage, we began to consider the word “groanings” in light of the work of prayer that the Holy Spirit does in us and on our behalf. The Bible says, “The Spirit maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” The word “groanings” is defined as: “a sigh, a moan, an inaudible prayer, or a prayer made with grief.” It is basically a prayer that is too emotionally, spiritually, or mentally complex to put into human words. So, the Holy Spirit steps in and helps us communicate with the Father.

As we look at this verse in its context, we find that it is not only the Holy Spirit who communicates on our behalf with “groanings which cannot be uttered.” Look at verses 22-23: “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves…” All of God’s “creation” groans in pain. And those who “have the firstfruits of the Spirit,” that is those who are saved, also “groan within ourselves.” But what are we groaning for? Verse 23 stated that we groan as we “wait for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.”

All of creation is groaning, travailing, awaiting that day when God rids the world of unrighteousness and reclaims it for Himself. And, we who are saved also groan in our spirit, as an expression of our desire to reach that point where our bodies are redeemed and renewed and we are fully adopted into God’s family. Now, transactionally speaking, we are already adopted and redeemed, but right now — positionally speaking — we are still bound to this earth and to these decaying bodies. “Groaning” in prayer is an expression of what should be our utmost desire to leave this earth completely behind and be with our Savior in every way. The older I get in the Lord, the more I understand what Paul said in Philippians 1:23-24, “For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.”

John Piper explains further: The Holy Spirit “moves powerfully in our hearts to create groanings based on two things: 1) a deep desire and ache of our hearts that Christ be glorified in our lives, and 2) our weakness which leaves us baffled as to how this is going to happen. So we are not sure how we are to pray, but we are sure that we want Christ to be magnified in our bodies.”

Another thing I am understanding more and more as I get older in the Lord, is the old hymn Beulah Land, which I didn’t understand much as a young Christian where it says:

I’m kind of homesick for a country
To which I’ve never been before.
No sad goodbyes will there be spoken
For time won’t matter anymore.

When we think about it, the “groanings which cannot be uttered” is really the only way we can pray to this end, simply because we do not know what Heaven is like, we do not know what complete adoption is like, we do not know what our glorified bodies will be like. We have no experience with these matters and it makes sense for us to realize that we cannot pray for such things that we know not of in human words. But if our spirits are in tune with the Spirit, then we can communicate with God about such matters through the yearning, the groaning, the longing, the sighing of our hearts expressed through the Holy Spirit, our helper in prayer.

Margaret Cagle wrote in her poem, “Intercessory Prayer”:

Pray when your heart grieves,
And you don’t know what to say.
Depend on the Holy Spirit.
He will help us when we pray.

Pray even when words fail you,
And all you can do is cry.
The Holy Spirit helps us pray
When all we can do is sigh.

The Spirit makes intercession
When we know not what to pray.
He can help us talk to God
When we do not know what to say.
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

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.

You Never Have to Pray Alone, Part 3 (Praying Through the Bible #233)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Romans 8:26:

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

— 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 232 messages in this series.

This is message #233 titled, You Never Have to Pray Alone, Part 3.

Robert Hill, the founder of PrayerMeetings.org, said, “All true prayer is exercised in the sphere of the Holy Spirit, motivated and empowered by Him.” Albert Richardson, the author of The Kneeling Christian, said, “Ignorance and helplessness in prayer are indeed blessed things if they cast us upon the Holy Spirit.”

As we continue looking at the fascinating topic of the Holy Spirit helping us in prayer, we have turned our attention to the Holy Spirit’s “intercession for us.” We have learned that the word “intercession” embodies three modes of communication with the Father — supplication, conversation, and consultation.

In supplication, the Holy Spirit asks or petitions the throne of God for the fulfillment of our needs and our desires that are within the will of God.

Then, the Holy Spirit converses with the Father on our behalf. Many people do not realize it, but the Heavenly Father is a friend who is interested in every aspect of our lives. There are times when we ought to go to the Father, not to ask for anything, but just to talk to Him, to fellowship with Him. The Holy Spirit aids us in this as well. Because He is a member of the Godhead, He speaks the language of divinity in a way that we, in our mortal bodies, cannot. He takes our feeble communication and makes it perfect before God.

Finally, the Holy Spirit makes consultation on our behalf. Sometimes, we do not know what decision to make or how to proceed in a certain situation. Things may be so confusing that we can’t even decipher what kind of outcome we should be praying for. In these times, the Holy Spirit steps in and consults the Father alongside us. Our prayers are often clouded by emotions, doubts, and feelings. But the Holy Spirit is able to cut through the fog, present our circumstances to the Father, and gain the direction that we need from the throne of God.

Thinking about all that the Holy Spirit does for us in this single matter of prayer is humbling and overwhelming. But knowing that the Holy Spirit is our partner should inspire us, motivate us, and give us great confidence when we go before God in prayer.

Andrew Reed wrote:

Spirit divine, inspire our prayer
and make our hearts your home;
descend with all your gracious power;
come, Holy Spirit, come!

Come as the light; reveal our need,
our hidden failings show,
and lead us in those paths of life
where all on the righteous go.

Come as the fire and clean our hearts
with purifying flame;
let our whole soul an offering be
to our Redeemer’s name.

Come as the dove and spread your wings,
the wings of peace and love,
until your church on earth below
joins with your church above.

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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.

You Never Have to Pray Alone, Part 2 (Praying Through the Bible #232)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Romans 8:26:

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

— 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 231 messages in this series.

This is message #232 titled, You Never Have to Pray Alone, Part 2.

In our last message, we discovered the marvelous truth that the Holy Spirit is our partner in prayer. He is our personal prayer partner who comes alongside us. Why do we need this powerful partner in prayer? Because sometimes we are weak in prayer, we have infirmities in prayer, we do not know what to pray for, and we do not know how to pray. It is in these times that the Holy Spirit will come alongside us and help us. Douglas Moo said, “Paul is saying that our failure to know God’s will and consequent inability to petition God specifically and assuredly is met by God’s Spirit, who himself expresses to God those intercessory petitions that perfectly match the will of God. When we do not know what to pray for — yes, even when we pray for things that are not best for us — we need not despair, for we can depend on the Spirit’s ministry of perfect intercession ‘on our behalf.'”

The Bible says the Holy Spirit helps us in prayer by ‘itself making intercession for us.’ The word translated as intercession means: to entreat or to intercede on behalf of another. While there are other words translated as intercession (or some variant of it) in Scripture, the Greek word that Paul uses in this particular verse is only found here in all of the New Testament. When we look at the meaning of the variants of this word, we find that it also means: to meet a person for the purpose of supplication, conversation, or consultation. The Holy Spirit is doing all of this on our behalf. It is important to note, however, that the Holy Spirit does not pray apart (or separate) from us; rather, He prays as a part of us. He is not an excuse for us to cease praying; rather, He is an encouragement for us to pray even more fervently.

Let’s examine in more detail what the Holy Spirit does for us in the matter of prayer. First, He makes supplication for us. Supplication is asking or petitioning the throne of God for the fulfillment of our needs or desires. Sometimes, we feel confused about what we want or what we need. We can’t decide what is best for us; we don’t know if it is right to pray for certain things. In these times, we can be confident that the Holy Spirit is petitioning the Father on our behalf. His requests are always in our best interest and always in line with the Father’s will.

Deborah Ann Belka said:

Holy Spirit,
come comfort me
give me faith
in what I can’t see.

Be my truth,
I need Your sight
Holy Spirit
be my guiding light.

Holy Spirit,
control my mind
direct me to where
Your peace I’ll find.

Be my shield,
show me the way
Holy Spirit
lead me how to pray.

Holy Spirit,
teach me to trust
help me to see
You’re always just.

Reveal to me,
what is Your plan
govern me with
Your mighty hand.

Holy Spirit,
come comfort me
let me forever . . .
abide with 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.

LISTEN: Praying Through Your Midnight Hour, Part 4 (Praying Through the Bible #230 with Daniel Whyte III)

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Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Acts 16:25-34

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.

27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.

28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.

29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,

30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.

33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.

34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.

— 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 229 messages in this series.

This is message #230 titled, Praying Through Your Midnight Hour, Part 4.

We return to Paul and Silas who are in prison. In their midnight hour, they chose to pray and praise God despite their circumstances. They could do this because they knew that God was not in a midnight hour. His hands were not tied, nor His feet shackled. We learned also that God sometimes allows us to go through midnight hours in order to encourage others who are in the same situation. Paul and Silas prayed and praised God as their fellow prisoners listened. We must remember that our behavior, particularly during hard times, is a testimony to the unsaved world. Finally, we learned that we ought to pray and praise God in our midnight hour because God may be planning to use our situation to display His power and bring glory to His name. That is what happened when “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 responded to His servants’ prayers and wrought this tremendous deliverance on their behalf.

Notice, however, that all of the prisoners were loosed by this earthquake. Surely, some of them deserved to be in jail. What was God up to? Here, we learn another principle from this story: We ought to pray through our midnight hour because God may be preparing us for future ministry.

When the keeper of the prison awoke and realized that the prison was destroyed, he assumed that all of the prisoners had escaped. Under Roman custom, jailers or soldiers tasked with guarding a prisoner were killed if their prisoners escaped. So, the jailkeeper drew his sword to kill himself. “But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.” Apparently, Paul and Silas had stopped the other prisoners from escaping.

The jailkeeper must have wondered, “What kind of prisoners are these? They are given an opportunity to escape through an act of God, but they don’t leave. On top of that, they are concerned about me, the one who not only put them in prison but put them in the inner prison and put their feet fast in the stocks?”

William J. Larkin said, “The urgency, shakenness and respect, if not worship, shown in the jailer’s demeanor are matched by his question: Sirs, what must I do to be saved? The earthquake and the prisoners’ willingness to remain have vindicated the message and the messengers. Temporal salvation is not the issue, since the prisoners are reported present; clearly, then, this seismic event has shaken loose from the jailer’s heart the key religious question of the ages.”

The jailkeeper likely had heard Paul and Silas praying and praising God. Their actions once they were freed from the prison aligned with their verbal testimony. I’m afraid that most of us would have run as soon as we saw a way to escape. But Paul and Silas saw an opportunity to show how the life of Christ was borne out in their lives. They were not just glad to get out of their midnight hour, but they seized upon a God-ordained opportunity for ministry.

The jailer came to them trembling. He “fell down before Paul and Silas” and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” The jailer took Paul and Silas to his own home where “they spake unto him and to all that were in his house the word of the Lord.” The result was that the jailer and all who were in his house, family members and servants, “believed in God” and were baptized “straightway.” After that, they had a time of fellowship. The jailer washed the wounds of Paul and Silas, “set meat before them,” and “rejoiced with all his house.”

Souls saved! Believers baptized! God glorified! When their midnight hour began, Paul and Silas could not have known that this was the way it would turn out. But God had allowed them to be put in that position to prepare them for greater ministry. Perhaps, Paul had this situation in mind when he wrote to the Corinthians that God allows His children to suffer tribulation “that we may be able to comfort those which are in any trouble by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

That is why we ought never to throw our hands up in despair in our midnight hour. Rather, we ought to lift our hands in prayer and praise. We never know who is watching us. We never know what God has planned for us. We never know the souls that can be saved or the people who could be encouraged if we would but pray and praise God in our 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 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.

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