LISTEN: Praying for the Preachers, Part 3 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #117 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 6:18-20:

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.


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.”


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.

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


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.”

— Bernard in St. Catherine, Jamaica
bless him and his family with financial prosperity, health, and a profitable business

— Deb in the United Kingdom
help Sam to avoid having kidney stones
heal Brendon of sores and all pain, particularly in his liver
bless Dan, Cheri, and Sam with permanent jobs, safety, and no bullies

— Rosemary in Chicago, Illinois
heal her husband, Paul, of lung cancer; give her strength

— Lamonica in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
help her friend, Stephan, to be delivered from drugs and alcohol and accept Your love

— Wesley in Wauconda, Illinois
heal his roommate’s friend, Jennifer, of heart problems
help Jennifer’s boyfriend to be caring



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.”

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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.”

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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 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.