LISTEN: Whyte House Family Devotions: A Prayer for the Family, the Church, the Nation and the World #90 (08/19/17): “Have You Ever Been Speechless with Sorrow?” by Oswald Chambers


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

My family and I have had morning devotions, or family altar as some people call it, every day 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 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, or who are single by choice, and to encourage all families who are still intact 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.

Welcome to the Whyte House Family Devotion #90

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
Amen

Al Troester said, “The term ‘family altar’ simply means family Bible study and worship time. Every Christian family should have such a time daily. It is amazing how few families really take this seriously and practice this routinely. It is the best guarantee to have Christian children with good moral standards that do not drift through the teen years, to have a family that has a witness for Christ in the community, and to have a family that takes the church seriously and enjoys going to all the services.”

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, died, 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 [universal] 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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DEVOTIONAL PASSAGE: PSALM 54:1-3

1 Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength.

2 Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.

3 For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.

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Matthew Henry wrote in his commentary, “God is faithful, though men are not to be trusted, and it is well for us it is so. David has no other plea to depend upon than God’s name, no other power to depend upon than God’s strength, and these he makes his refuge and confidence. This would be the effectual answer to his prayers. Let us set God before us at all times; for if we do not, we are in danger of despair.”

PRAYER FOR GOVERNMENT 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.”

President Donald Trump

Vice President Mike Pence

First Lady Melania Trump

Second Lady Karen Pence

Presidential aides: Chief of Staff for Operations Joe Hagin

Leaders of federal agencies: Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price

State governors: Washington Governor Jay Inslee

City mayors: St. Petersburg, FL, Mayor Rick Kriseman

U.S. Senators: Virginia Senator Mark Warner

U.S. Representatives: California Representative Jimmy Gomez

Police Chiefs: Chula Vista, CA, Police Chief Roxana Kennedy

Sheriffs: Palm Beach County, FL, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw

Military Leaders: General Darren W. McDew, Commander of U.S. Transportation Command

All law enforcement officials

Leaders of nations around the world: Hungary’s President János Áder and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán

PRAYER FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP

Leaders of the Free Methodist Church: Superintendents Mike Hopper, Matt Whitehead, and Brent & Alma Thompson

PRAYER FOR CURRENT EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD

– For the families of the 14 people killed in a terror attack in Barcelona; and for the recovery of the over 130 people injured.
– For the families of the over 400 people killed in a mudslide in Sierra Leone
– For the families of the 6 dead and 12 people wounded in a gang shooting at a hospital in Guatemala
– For the families of the 27 people killed and the 83 people wounded in a suicide bombing in Northeast Nigeria
– For the peace of Jerusalem: Psalm 122:6 says, Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.”
– Persecuted Christians around the world

PRAYER FOR THE MEDIA
CNN correspondents Randi Kaye, Brianna Keilar, and John King

PRAYER REQUESTS

Bill
bless him with a pastoral opportunity

Patrick
save him and his family, deliver them from violence and confusion, heal them from psychological sickness; help him to get married; be with his mother and father

Mohammad
grant health and happiness to him and his family

Marie
provide her and her family with a new house that meets their needs; have them to find favor with the people and have the paperwork to go smoothly

Esther
bless all the lives of herself, her son, her husband, and her mother; bless them with the funds they need

Mary
help her and her sister to pass her examination

Dalrene
heal her sister who is under depression treatment and save her

Marilyn
give her a Godly husband

Ighemuno
help her to come to know You as Saviour

Aja
please take them out of the homeless shelter they are in and give them a good house they can afford and enough money; please give her a job so she can take care of her children; help her to receive her income tax refund

PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST
Saul
Zachary
Tom
Robert
Mobisa
Junior
Ogega

PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECOMMITTED THEIR LIVES TO JESUS CHRIST
Celestino
Otito
Brenda
Ezekiel
Otieno
Jullie
Donatus

DEVOTIONAL READING: “Have You Ever Been Speechless with Sorrow?” by Oswald Chambers

Luke 18:23 says, “When he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich.”

The rich young ruler went away from Jesus speechless with sorrow, having nothing to say in response to Jesus’ words. He had no doubt about what Jesus had said or what it meant, and it produced in him a sorrow with no words with which to respond. Have you ever been there? Has God’s Word ever come to you, pointing out an area of your life, requiring you to yield it to Him? Maybe He has pointed out certain personal qualities, desires, and interests, or possibly relationships of your heart and mind. If so, then you have often been speechless with sorrow. The Lord will not go after you, and He will not plead with you. But every time He meets you at the place where He has pointed, He will simply repeat His words, saying, If you really mean what you say, these are the conditions.”

“Sell all that you have…” In other words, rid yourself before God of everything that might be considered a possession until you are a mere conscious human being standing before Him, and then give God that. That is where the battle is truly fought — in the realm of your will before God. Are you more devoted to your idea of what Jesus wants than to Jesus Himself? If so, you are likely to hear one of His harsh and unyielding statements that will produce sorrow in you. What Jesus says is difficult — it is only easy when it is heard by those who have His nature in them. Beware of allowing anything to soften the hard words of Jesus Christ.

I can be so rich in my own poverty, or in the awareness of the fact that I am nobody, that I will never be a disciple of Jesus. Or I can be so rich in the awareness that I am somebody that I will never be a disciple. Am I willing to be destitute and poor even in my sense of awareness of my destitution and poverty? If not, that is why I become discouraged. Discouragement is disillusioned self-love, and self-love may be love for my devotion to Jesus — not love for Jesus Himself.

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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.