LISTEN: How to Be Victorious in Spiritual Warfare, Part 62 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #114 with Daniel Whyte III)

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.

Let’s pray.

Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, please keep in mind that the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” Just pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. I will be sharing more on the matter of salvation in the next segment of our service which starts in about 5 minutes.

Revive the Family Prayer List

PRAY FOR SPECIFIC FAMILIES

Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

— Ricardo
deliver him and his elderly father from demonic attacks

— Candice in Chicago
provide her with a job and help her to get her life back on track
bring unity back to her family
bless her kids with good health and give them safety

— Adeniyi in Lagos, Nigeria
provide him with divine intervention and help him to get married
give him a house of his own and ministerial breakthrough

— Doreen in Malawi
be with her and her family

— Lanitra in Kentucky
help her as a single mom to raise her 3 children, provide financially for their bills and other household needs

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PRAY FOR CHURCH LEADERS

Paul said in Ephesians 6:18, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

Leaders of the Presbyterian Church

Kay Moore
Wayne Moore
Stephanie Morris
Teri Morrison
Sterling Morse
Margaret Mwale
Rene Myers
J. Herbert Nelson II
Debbie Newnum
Valery Nodem

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PRAY FOR GOVERNMENTAL LEADERS

1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”

STATE CABINET MEMBERS
PENNSYLVANIA
Mark Smith
Mary Topper
Eric Gutshall
Dr. Rachel Levine
Dennis M. Davin
Pedro Cortés
Eileen H. McNulty
Curt Topper
Brigadier General Anthony J. Carrelli
Ted Dallas


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.