LISTEN: Prayer and the Gospel, Part 1 (Praying Through the Bible #333 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Colossians 4:1-4

1 Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.

2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:

4 That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.


We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible.” The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have completed 332 messages in this series.

This is message #333 titled, Prayer and the Gospel, Part 1.

By way of background introduction, Dr. John Walvoord & Dr. Roy Zuck, editors of the Bible Knowledge Commentary, “Paul not only practiced a mature prayer life but he also prescribed it for all believers. They should devote themselves to prayer. Prayer is not a spiritual luxury; it is essential for growth. Prayer—as vital to one’s spiritual health as breathing is to one’s physical health—should be continual, not casual. In his praying, a Christian should be watchful against spiritual drowsiness caused by attention to the world and/or by the wiles of the devil. Being thankful should always accompany prayer, for it places a believer in the proper attitude before God. ‘Pray for us’ was a request Paul often made of his readers. His request was not selfish; it was for an open door through which he could clearly minister the gospel message, the mystery of Christ, for which he was in chains. He desired not only an opportunity to preach but also clarity in preaching: that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.”

Paul began his letter to the Colossian believers by telling them how he and his companions earnestly praised God for them and prayed for their spiritual growth. Now, as he closes this passage, he encourages them to “continue in prayer,” and to pray for him as he seeks to continue preaching the Gospel.

The Greek word translated as “continue” means: “to be steadfastly attentive unto, to give unremitting care to a thing; to persevere and not to faint; to be in constant readiness.” At the end of the day, prayer is the most important thing we can do, and along with prayer, we ought to be thankful for the prayers God has already answered and the wonderful things He has already done. Without prayer, the Gospel moves very slowly if at all into the hearts of men. Prayer is not for the lazy. Prayer is not for those who desire that their life be a bed of roses. Prayer is for the Christian who understands that prayer is warfare — that prayer is consequential action that prompts God to work in the earth for His glory.

These words from Charles Spurgeon describe what it means to continue in prayer: he said, “Heaven’s gate is not to be stormed by one weapon but by many. Spare no arrows, Christian. Watch and see that none of the arms in thy armoury are rusty. Besiege the throne of God with a hundred hands, and look at the promise with a hundred eyes. You have a great work on hand for you have to move the arm that moves the world; watch, then, for every means of moving that arm. See to it that you claim every promise; that you use every argument; that you wrestle with all might.”

So, continue in prayer. But, at the same time, Paul says, “watch in the same with thanksgiving.” In other words, in the same manner that you pray, give thanks. The Greek word translated as “watch” means: “to give strict attention to, to take heed, to be vigilant.” We normally do not think of giving thanks in these terms. Thanksgiving is a holiday for most people, an occasional occurrence, something we make a big deal out of every now and then. But, Paul says that we must be diligent and vigilant about giving thanks.

It is much easier to express ingratitude in our prayers. It is easy to say, “God, you haven’t done this.” Or, “Why haven’t I received this blessing?” While, all the time, we ignore the things that God has done and continues to do. So, while we pray, we ought to count our blessings. In fact, we ought not to pray without giving thanks for the things He has done.

Robert O. Smith said:

Tho’ the foes of right oppress,
Keep on praying;
Christ, the Lord, is near to bless,
All prevailing.
Let not fear your heart appall,
Naught of evil can befall,
Stronger is your God than all;
Keep on praying.

Christian, has your faith grown weak?
Keep on praying;
Do the tears roll down your cheek?
Keep on praying.
Soon you never more will sigh,
Tears no more shall dim your eye,
Pray to Him who’s always nigh,
Never failing.

Pilgrim, have you weary grown?
Keep on praying,
God is yet upon His throne,
Keep on praying.
He will hear your faithful cry,
He to help is ever nigh,
You shall conquer by and by,
Keep on praying.

Praises shall with prayers ascend
Keep on praying;
Pray and praise till life shall end,
Keep on praying.
Till you reach the golden gate,
Where the ransomed souls await,
Claiming there your triumph great,
Keep on praying.

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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “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.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “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. 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. 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! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light 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.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God 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 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.