Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

My family and I have had morning devotions, or family altar as some people call it, everyday ever since my wife, Meriqua, and I were married 30 years ago. We have prayed and read the bible together as well as other devotional books as a family and it is the only reason why this family has stayed together and it is the only reason why God has blessed our family and used our family in ministry all of these years. We read Ephesians 5 and 6 every morning as it relates to the role of each member of the family and how that we need to put on the whole armor of God to fight against the devil who is seeking to destroy our family and all Christian families, churches, and Christians. So, now after 30 years of doing this in our home, we are opening this up to others who don’t have a family to pray with, who don’t have a spouse, who are single by choice, and to encourage all families who are still in tact to go back to the family altar and have devotions together every morning. In these devotions, you may hear me deal with a temptation I’m facing in my life, you may hear me rebuke my wife about not doing what she should be doing, or you may hear me get on one of my children’s cases about something they’re doing. Don’t be shocked; this is real life.

SING “DOXOLOGY”

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow
Praise Him, all creatures here below
Praise Him above, ye heavenly hosts
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost

Ryan Barnhill said, “Because family worship is essential to the spiritual life of the home, it must be the priority. This is why these devotions are a discipline of the Christian life: families should see to it, with firm resolution and purpose, that they will, and that they will daily, sit together to worship God.”

GENERAL PRAYER

PRAY THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father which art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name,
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For Thine is the Kingdom,
and the power, and the glory, for ever.
Amen.

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DEVOTIONAL PASSAGE: PSALM 18:21-30

21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

22 For all his judgments were before me, and I did not put away his statutes from me.

23 I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from mine iniquity.

24 Therefore hath the Lord recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.

25 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright;

26 With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.

27 For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks.

28 For thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.

29 For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.

30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

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David Guzik writes in his commentary, “David now moves from joyful thanks for the past to confidence for the future. The same God who brought him to the throne would give him the light he needed to rule, and enlighten his darkness. He gives thanks for past victories, and thanks God for present strength. One might think that after the 20-something years of living as a fugitive from Saul, David would simply be exhausted. This was not the case; God empowered him and he felt strong enough to accomplish superhuman feats.”

PRAYER FOR GOVERNMENT LEADERS

President Donald Trump
Vice President Mike Pence
First Lady Melania Trump
Second Lady Karen Pence
Presidential aides: White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn II
Leaders of federal agencies: Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta
State governors: Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval
City mayors: Philadelphia, PA Mayor Jim Kenney
U.S. Senators and Representatives: Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono
Police Chiefs: New York City Police Chief Raymond Kelly
All law enforcement officials
Leaders of nations around the world: Antigua and Barbuda: Governor General Louise Agnetha Lake-Tack and Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer

PRAYER FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP

Leaders of National Baptist Convention: Far West Region VP Claybon Lea Jr.

PRAYER FOR CURRENT EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
Families of 16 people killed and 40 wounded in Tehran, Iran, terror attack
Families of 4 people killed and 9 people injured on Hwy 121 in Collin County, TX
Families of 7 people killed and 48 people injured in London terror attack
Thousands of people affected by cholera outbreak in Yemen
Provision of food and clean water to 20 million starving in South Sudan famine
The peace of Jerusalem
Persecuted Christians around the world

PRAYER REQUESTS

Inez
her son, Dwain, to be delivered from drug use, addiction, and unemployment

Losin
for her family, friends, and neighborhood; spiritual, mental, and physical guidance, strength, and protection

Harjinder
deliver him from depression and phobias

Anita
give her the husband You want her to have

Ladajah
please bless her with a child and a healthy pregnancy

Donna Thompson
please guide her and give her Your wisdom while she goes through divorce and in other tough decisions; help her to go to church again and have great faith; save her children and husband and help them to stay together if it is Your will, continue to fulfill Your plan for her life

Annaliza
bless her to live a simple life with her three children, lead and guide her, her children and her loved ones and save all her loved ones

Ishwor
For his family happiness and Salvation

Francis
Please deliver him from the income tax challenge he is in, help him to study The Bible

Marie
for all spiritual attack against them to cease, please surround them with Your angels and keep them from harm; for all plans of death and destruction over their lives to be broken; please help them to leave their town and provide them with a permanent breakthrough

Adriana
Please heal her body completely, help her family to be able to buy a house and pay off their debts; bless them with a Bible-believing church and friends to support them

Melwert
Please heal and strengthen his son and encourage his father

PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST
Joe
Daisy
Rasaq
Victor
Dishita
Melwert
Mahesh

PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECOMMITTED THEIR LIVES TO JESUS CHRIST
Patience
Rodwell
Oyewo
Ebere
Susan
Musisi
Obua

DEVOTIONAL READING: “Getting There” by Oswald Chambers

Where sin and sorrow stops, and the song of the saint starts. Do I really want to get there? I can right now. The questions that truly matter in life are remarkably few, and they are all answered by these words— “Come to Me.” Our Lord’s words are not, “Do this, or don’t do that,” but— “Come to me.” If I will simply come to Jesus, my real life will be brought into harmony with my real desires. I will actually cease from sin, and will find the song of the Lord beginning in my life.

Have you ever come to Jesus? Look at the stubbornness of your heart. You would rather do anything than this one simple childlike thing— “Come to Me.” If you really want to experience ceasing from sin, you must come to Jesus.

Jesus Christ makes Himself the test to determine your genuineness. Look how He used the word come. At the most unexpected moments in your life there is this whisper of the Lord— “Come to Me,” and you are immediately drawn to Him. Personal contact with Jesus changes everything. Be “foolish” enough to come and commit yourself to what He says. The attitude necessary for you to come to Him is one where your will has made the determination to let go of everything and deliberately commit it all to Him.

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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “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.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. 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. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you 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! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!

said, “Christian family devotions bind the family with God. He is the glue that strengthens the family ties forever and nothing on this earth can ever separate the bonds between God and family.”

GENERAL PRAYER

RECITE: “THE NICENE CREED”

We believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
begotten from the Father before all ages,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made;
of the same essence as the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven;
he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
and was made human.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered and was buried.
The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again with glory
to judge the living and the dead.
His kingdom will never end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life.
He proceeds from the Father and the Son,
and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
He spoke through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
and to life in the world to come. Amen.

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EPHESIANS 5:22-33

22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

EPHESIANS 6:1-3

1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;

3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

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.

These are things that I have said and emphasized in our family devotions over the past 30 years that I want to share with you: Regarding the verses in Ephesians 6 and 6 relating to husbands, wives, and children: God expects us to obey these words whether we feel like it or not, so by the grace of God we need to choose to obey God’s Word whether we feel like it or not.

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DEVOTIONAL PASSAGE: PSALM 18:11-20

11 He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.

12 At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.

13 The Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.

14 Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.

15 Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.

16 He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.

17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.

18 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the Lord was my stay.

19 He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.

20 The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.

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David Guzik writes in his commentary, Since he was taken from the sheepfold and anointed the future king of Israel, David had lived some 20 or so years as a fugitive, and as a man who had lost everything. He lost his safety, he lost his youth, he lost his family, he lost his career, he lost his rights, he lost his connection with the covenant people of God, he lost his comforts, and at times he even lost his close relationship with God. Despite all, he remained steadfast to the Lord and God – in His timing – delivered David and fulfilled the long-ago promise of his anointing.

PRAYER FOR GOVERNMENT LEADERS

President Donald Trump
Vice President Mike Pence
First Lady Melania Trump
Second Lady Karen Pence
Presidential aides: National Security Advisor HR McMaster
Leaders of federal agencies: Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers Kevin Hassett
State governors: Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts
City mayors: Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser
U.S. Senators and Representatives: Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz
Police Chiefs: Cleveland Police Chief Calvin D. Williams
All law enforcement officials
Leaders of nations around the world: Algeria President Abdelaziz Bou-te-fli-ka and Prime Minister Youcef Yousfi

PRAYER FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP

Leaders of National Baptist Convention: West Region VP John Reed

PRAYER FOR CURRENT EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
Families of 16 people killed and 40 wounded in Tehran, Iran, terror attack
Families of 4 people killed and 9 people injured on Hwy 121 in Collin County, TX
Families of 7 people killed and 48 people injured in London terror attack
Thousands of people affected by cholera outbreak in Yemen
Provision of food and clean water to 20 million starving in South Sudan famine
The peace of Jerusalem
Persecuted Christians around the world

PRAYER REQUESTS

Daisy
Healing of terminal cancer stage 4 metastasis in her bones and skull; healing of fracture in her bones

Rose
heal her pastor, Rev. Johnson, heal Rose of mental illness and having panic attacks and give her peace and joy

Marie
bless them with a warm, safe, and secure house to live in in a new town

Edmund
for religious freedom in Poland, for the church in the USA, help him and his family to serve You in the ministry, bless him, his wife Dorothy and Peter with jobs and give him direction; bless Daniel to do well in school, give Ann a husband if that is Your will

Melwert
heal his granddaughter of heart issues, bless the doctors who are trying to save her, help his father-in-law to recover from his operation, heal his wife, Lazarrenna, of lung problems

Mary
For increase in membership

Bushebi
please bless his ministry with Bibles for new Christians, provide for the orphans and widows, for healthcare, bikes and better transportation for ministry workers, Bible school construction, ministry finance resources, and please end the drought and famine

Oltar
healing from pain in his reproductive organ

Jnbaptiste
be with his wife and daughter while they are in New Jersey; deliver them from temptation

Patricia
for her only child, Darryl, who is in the music industry; deliver them from gentrification in Prince George’s County; bless them with a new home after their old one was illegally sold at an auction

Mmahessh
bless Yesaiah Ministries

Donna
Grant her a safe journey to California; help her to find a church home

PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST
Joseph
Rick
Alongbar
Christie
Love
Confidence
Zack

PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECOMMITTED THEIR LIVES TO JESUS CHRIST
Ezekiel
Otieno
Jullie
Donatus
Subodh
Daimi
Bobbi

DEVOTIONAL READING: “It All Starts With God (Part 6)” from “The Purpose Driven Life,” by Rick Warren

You discover your identity and purpose through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

God was thinking of you long before you ever thought about him. His purpose for your life predates your conception. He planned it before you existed, without your input! You may choose your career, your spouse, your hobbies, and many other parts of your life, but you don’t get to choose your purpose.

The purpose of your life fits into a much larger, cosmic purpose that God has designed for eternity.

Andrei Bitov, a Russian novelist, grew up under an atheistic Communist regime. But God got his attention one dreary day. He recalls, “In my twenty-seventh year, while riding the metro in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) I was overcome with a despair so great that life seemed to stop at once, preempting the future entirely, let alone any meaning. Suddenly, all by itself, a phrase appeared: Without God life makes no sense. Repeating it in astonishment, I rode the phrase up like a moving staircase, got out of the metro and walked into God’s light.”

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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “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.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. 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. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you 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! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Until next time, May the Lord 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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