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.
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
Robert Velarde said, “For children to absorb God’s truths, regular times of family Bible study, devotion and worship are important. Memorizing portions of Scripture also becomes important in making a godly impression on children.”
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.
DEVOTIONAL PASSAGE: PSALM 18:1-10
1 I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.
2 The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
3 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
4 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.
5 The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.
6 In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
7 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.
8 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.
9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.
10 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.
David Guzik writes in his commentary, “David praises the God of his deliverance. “I will love You, O LORD”: This was a triumphant declaration made in a season of great triumph. It is true that David decided to love the LORD; but even more true that he simply felt compelled to love the LORD who delivered him so wonderfully.”
PRAYER FOR GOVERNMENT LEADERS
President Donald Trump
Vice President Mike Pence
First Lady Melania Trump
Second Lady Karen Pence
Presidential aides: Press Secretary Sean Spicer
Leaders of federal agencies: CIA Director Mike Pompeo
State governors: Montana Governor Steve Bullock
City mayors: Denver, Colorado Mayor Michael Hancock
U.S. Senators and Representatives: Georgia Senator David Perdue
Police Chiefs: Dallas Interim Police Chief David Pughes
All law enforcement officials
Leaders of nations around the world: Albania President Bujar Nishani and Prime Minister Edi Rama
PRAYER FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP
Leaders of National Baptist Convention: MW Region VP Rogers Kirk
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
please bless the Christian motion picture he wants to make, have it to witness to many people and block the haters who are speaking against him
please save his girlfriend, Sarmi, and her father and siblings; give her strength to forgive them
please bless her family, especially her husband Emmanuel, with good health, happiness, and peace of mind; bless her mother and son with healthy lives always
please have a person he is dealing with to pay him his money
please help him to get away from God-hating people and make them cease from demonic activity; please save their souls
please bless the children she helps with sponsors
heal her of severe bone pain, strengthen her immune system, and cleanse her entire body
help them to continue winning souls and following Your instruction; please bless them with Bibles in their language, sound equipment, and microphones, please cover and protect them and bless the with a church building
please give him divine guidance, heal of all his health issues, and bless his finances; give him the right lady to marry
please give him spiritual health and bless his job in the Administration Wing so he can continue to preach the Gospel
please bless them with a good reply from the Canadian High Commission, New Delhi and approve their application so they can move from India to Canada
please heal her of her tumor without having to get an operation and please protect her unborn baby
please give her and her baby complete healing and good health
PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST
PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECOMMITTED THEIR LIVES TO JESUS CHRIST
DEVOTIONAL READING: “It All Starts With God (Part 5)” from “The Purpose Driven Life,” by Rick Warren
The bible is our Owner’s Manual, explaining why we are alive, how life works, what to avoid, and what to expect in the future. It explains what no self-help or philosophy book could know. The Bible says, “God’s wisdom … goes deep into the interior of his purposes…. It’s not the latest message, but more like the oldest—what God determined as the way to bring out his best in us.” God is not just the starting point of your life; he is the source of it. To discover your purpose in life you must turn to God’s Word, not the world’s wisdom.
You must build your life on eternal truths, not pop psychology, success, motivation, or inspirational stories. The Bible says, “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.”
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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.