LISTEN: Whyte House Family Devotions: A Prayer for the Family, the Church, the Nation and the World #165 (Short Version) (Thursday, November 2, 2017): “The Church in Thy House (Part 1)” by Charles Spurgeon


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.

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

Rick Joyner said, “We need a holy addiction to God’s presence, so that He becomes more important to us than oxygen.”

PRAYER

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EPHESIANS 6:15

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Dr. Thomas Constable writes in his Expository Notes on the Bible, “Roman infantrymen wore tough sandals studded with sharp, thick nails on the bottoms to increase traction. The ‘gospel,’ that has brought ‘peace’ to the Christian, enables him or her to stand firmly, on the defense, against temptation. Likewise, the gospel is what enables us to move forward, on the offense, against our enemies.
The ‘preparation of the gospel of peace’ probably refers to the powerful gospel of salvation and peace which the Christian soldier has believed, that enables him to stand his ground when attacked. We need to become so familiar with the gospel that we can share it with others. That grip on the gospel will enable us to hold our ground—and even advance—when tempted. The ‘gospel of peace’ in view is the whole Christian message viewed as ‘good news,’ not just how to become a Christian.”

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DEVOTIONAL PASSAGE: PSALM 78:58-64

58 For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images.

59 When God heard this, he was wroth, and greatly abhorred Israel:

60 So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent which he placed among men;

61 And delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into the enemy’s hand.

62 He gave his people over also unto the sword; and was wroth with his inheritance.

63 The fire consumed their young men; and their maidens were not given to marriage.

64 Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation.

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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 and his administration
Each member of the White House staff
Leaders of federal agencies
All members of Congress
All governors, mayors, police chiefs, and sheriffs
All military leaders
The leaders of all nations around the world
The peace of Jerusalem

PRAYER FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP
– For all pastors, church leaders, denominational leaders, Bible teachers, missionaries, and ministry workers.

PRAYER FOR CURRENT EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD

– For the comfort of the families of the people who died in the terror attack in New York City; for the healing and salvation of those who were wounded.

PRAYER FOR THE MEDIA

PRAYER REQUESTS

Beatrice
Heal Bertha and Marcus of mental problems; Help Takondwa and Philip not to be confused or angry; Please help Beatrice not to be angry or experience any more setbacks; Help her husband to care for the family and not experience any setbacks

Niesha
for her husband to stop cheating and for them to work things out and get back together, help her to accept Your forgiveness

Marie
for The Blood of Jesus to cover their lives and their property and keep out all unwanted visitors who will bring harm into their live

THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN SAVED

Hary
Arup
Shamar

THOSE WHO HAVE RECOMMITTED THEIR LIVES TO CHRIST

Celestino
Bryce
Keziah

DEVOTIONAL READING: “The Church in Thy House (Part 1)” by Charles Spurgeon

Paul writes to Philemon of “the church in thy house.”

Is there a Church in this house? Are parents, children, friends, servants, all members of it? or are some still unconverted? Let us pause here and let the question go round: Am I a member of the Church in this house? How would father’s heart leap for joy, and mother’s eyes fill with holy tears if from the eldest to the youngest all were saved! Let us pray for this great mercy until the Lord shall grant it to us.

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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.