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Church Guidelines for Prophesying, Praying, and Speaking in Tongues, Part 7 (Praying Through the Bible #256)


TEXT: 1 Corinthians 14:18-23

1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

5 I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.

6 Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?

7 And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?

8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

9 So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.

10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.

11 Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.

12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.

14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?

17 For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.

18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:

19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.

21 In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.

22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.

23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?

— PRAYER —

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 255 messages in this series.

This is message #256 titled, Church Guidelines for Prophesying, Praying, and Speaking in Tongues, Part 7.

Today, we will look at the final application of the Biblical teaching regarding speaking in tongues. In our discussion of this passage of Scripture, we have learned that speaking in tongues was a special gift dispensed to the church in order to communicate the Gospel to those who did not speak Hebrew or Aramaic as the Jewish disciples of Jesus Christ did. We know that the “unknown tongues” spoken by the apostles at Pentecost were the languages of the diverse group of people gathered in Jerusalem. Each person heard and understood the Gospel in their own language.

Before we get into that, let me give you a little background on the early church and these issues. The Bible Knowledge Commentary says, “Tongues were of benefit in an assembly of believers only if they were interpreted. But this seems not to have been the Corinthians’ practice. Instead they apparently poured forth their gift of tongues in unrestrained fashion. As a result believers with some other gifts were nonplussed by the behavior of the tongues-speakers. Furthermore, newcomers and other unbelievers who were aware of but as yet unconvinced by the gospel message would find their behavior positively ridiculous. Will they not say that you are out of your mind? This, Paul suggested, would certainly not advance the cause of Christ in Corinth. But prophecy was desirable because it would not only benefit believers but would also expose unbelievers not to a scene of chaos but to one of conviction and judgment—which would lead to personal disclosure (the secrets of his heart will be laid bare) and the worship of God.

Propriety in the use of gifts. In this section Paul drew to a conclusion his discussion of gifts . He also concluded the whole section dealing with Christian liberty in relation to worship . What is most striking to a modern reader is the apparent lack of any fixed order of service and the absence of any reference to particular individuals being responsible for specific ministries. The whole church seemed to exercise their gifts by spontaneously ministering to one another.

As he had done throughout the letter, Paul addressed the Christian community in Corinth as brothers, a general term including both sexes. When the church met, anyone was free to participate by contributing a hymn, or a word of instruction; probably a lesson based on the OT), a revelation from one gifted in prophecy, or a word from one gifted in a tongue followed by an interpretation of what was said. The controlling principle in this free participation was the rule of love. All that was said and done was to have as its goal the need of strengthening others.

Though there was no established order for a service, it was to be conducted in an orderly way. The services were to have balanced participation on the parts of gifted members. Those gifted with a tongue who wanted to contribute to a service could do so but only two or three at any one service and then only if individuals gifted in interpretation were present who could translate the language. If no interpreter were present, the tongues-speaker was to keep quiet. Though his gift was without benefit to the church if uninterpreted, it did have some other benefits.”

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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 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.”

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

Pray, Now and Always (Praying Through the Bible #240)

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TEXT: Romans 12:12:

Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

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 239 messages in this series.

This is message #240 titled, Pray, Now and Always.

The command to pray found in Romans 12:12 comes in the middle of a long list of the duties which a Christian is expected to carry out. Paul begins this passage by talking about the gifts that are present in the body of Christ. He says, “We have many members in one body, but all members have not the same office.” Some of those offices include the offices of prophet, minister, teacher, and exhorter. However, only certain ones in the body of Christ are called to those offices. Paul goes on to list twenty-five duties that all Christians should fulfill. Among these duties is “continuing instant in prayer.” There is no special office for praying or for prayer warriors. All Christians are called to pray.

But Paul is not talking about the occasional praying that we do when we get in trouble, or the formal praying that we do at the dinner table, or even the church praying that we do once a week in Sunday service. Paul says we must be “continuing instant in prayer.” The words “continuing instant” are one word in the Greek, and that word is defined as follows:

– to be steadfastly attentive to, to give unremitting care to a thing
– to continue all the time in a place
– to persevere and to not faint

Essentially, the Bible is telling us to pray now and to pray always. We ought to steadfastly take heed to this command, being ready to jump into prayer-action at any moment. I know that some people feel like they have to build up to prayer, that they have to have a special time for it, or that they have to be in a certain place or a certain state of mind. But, we ought always to be ready to pray no matter where we are or what we are doing. No matter what time it is, it is a praying time.

This verse tells us that we ought to pray as often as possible, and the only way to do that is to have a spirit of prayer, a spirit which is tuned to the Father at all times. Have you ever seen a compass on a ship? When the ship is being tossed about by the wind and waves, the needle on the compass trembles and swings back and forth, but it always comes back around and points straight to the north. Every time the needle points north, it seems to say, “That’s where I want to go.” No matter what you do to the compass, the needle will always point north. Why? Because the magnetism in the needle is attracted to the distant North Pole.

We may have to deal with all manner of things in this life that distract us from prayer, but no matter what we do, we must always swing back around and turn our needles, our prayers to God. Our hearts must have a desire to be in communion with Him. Adam Clarke said, “We must make the most fervent and intense application to the throne of grace for the light and power of the Holy Spirit, without which we can neither abhor evil, do good, love the brethren, entertain a comfortable hope, nor bear up patiently under the tribulations and ills of life.” We must continue instant in prayer, now and always.

Edith H. Kinney wrote:

Should the new dawn breaking a burden bring,
That your soul deems hard to bear,
Seek a boon of grace for a little space;
There is always time for prayer.

With a lift of heart let the day begin,
And a moment respite spare,
Ere you press along with the toiling throng;
There is always time for prayer.

When your weary feet falter on the path,
Tho’ to pause you do not dare,
Would you find the stress of the noon grow less?
There is always time for prayer.

When the late night dies with the setting sun,
Would you taste a balm for care?
With a lift of heart let the day depart;
There is always time for prayer.

There is always time in the morning’s prime,
And the golden noontide fair;
There is always time ’neath the even chime,
There is always time for prayer.

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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 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.”

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

You Never Have to Pray Alone, Part 8 (Praying Through the Bible #238)


TEXT: Romans 8:26-28:

26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

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 237 messages in this series.

This is message #238 titled, You Never Have to Pray Alone, Part 8.

In life, we often have to be reminded that things are not as bad as they seem. In the midst crisis and difficult situations, we need people to come alongside us and show us how things can work out positively in the end. That is why Romans 8:28 is such a great encouragement: it reminds us that “all things work together for good.” As we have discovered, the Holy Spirit, our helper in prayer, constantly reminds us of this.

We may not understand (or want to accept) that something negative that is happening to us is actually good from God’s perspective — good because He is allowing it and good because He will use it to bring about good in our lives. It is the Holy Spirit, who knows the mind of God, who can bring this understanding into our hearts in the midst of situations that are not ideal. Robert Haldane said, “Nothing is more necessary for Christians than to be well persuaded of the happiness and privileges of their condition, that they may be able to serve God with cheerfulness and freedom of spirit, and to pass through the troubles and difficulties of the world. Here, then, is further consolation: Christians are often in sorrows, sufferings, and trials. This is not in itself joyous, but grievous; but in another point of view it is a matter of joy. Though afflictions in themselves are evil, yet in their effects as overruled and directed by God, they are useful. Yea, all things, of every kind, that happen to the Christian, are overruled by God for the good of the believer.”

This working together for good happens to them who love God, something which the Holy Spirit plays a role in as well. One commentator called the Holy Spirit “Love guiding us to Love.” The Holy Spirit, in His work as a Comforter, Encourager, Teacher, and Prayer Partner, fills our hearts with love for God and what He is doing in our lives. It is out of our confidence in God’s love for us that we know that He will work out every situation for our good. As Jesus said, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”

Things working together for good also happens to those “who are called according to God’s purpose.” Everyone who is a member of God’s family has a special purpose for their lives. This purpose is wrapped up in them becoming like Christ. Often, we only fulfill that purpose by going through painful, flesh-crucifying experiences that we may be conformed to His image. In this case, all the things we go through truly do work out for our good. This fact often escapes us when we are in the middle of some difficult situation. But, just as the Holy Spirit is always there to pray for us and with us, He is also there to remind us that everything God allows into our lives is for our benefit in the end. David L. Ward wrote:

You are the Lord, reigning above,
Ruler of all our human ways;
You are the king, eternal God,
worthy of all creation’s praise!
Even when darkness falls, and hides our view
Of all that You have planned,
We can hold on to what You’ve promised us
And on Your sovereign goodness we can stand.

We have been called, even foreknown,
Chosen before time had begun
To be conformed, despite the pain,
into the image of Your Son.
Since we were called we have been justified
And we will be glorified.
When we forget these truths, and doubt Your love,
Remind us that You are on our side.

You cause everything to work for good
For those who love and follow You;
Called according to Your loving plan,
We rest on this eternal truth:
Because we are guided for our good by Your hand..

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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 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.”

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

Praying Through Your Midnight Hour, Part 1 (Praying Through the Bible #227)



Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

Praying Through Your Midnight Hour, Part 1 (Praying Through the Bible #227)

TEXT: Acts 16:16-25

16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:

17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.

18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,

20 And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,

21 And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.

22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.

23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:

24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.

25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

— PRAYER —

Warren Wiersbe said, “Instead of complaining or calling on God to judge their enemies, the two men prayed and praised God. When you are in pain, the midnight hour is not the easiest time for a sacred concert, but God gives “songs in the night”. “Any fool can sing in the day,” said Charles Haddon Spurgeon. “It is easy to sing when we can read the notes by daylight; but the skillful singer is he who can sing when there is not a ray of light to read by … Songs in the night come only from God; they are not in the power of men.” Prayer and praise are powerful weapons. God responded by shaking the foundations of the prison, opening all the doors, and loosening the prisoners’ bonds.”

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 226 messages in this series.

This is message #227 titled, Why You Should Pray and Praise God in Your Midnight Hour, Part 1.

As you will recall, Paul and Silas were on their way to pray in the city of Philippi when they were repeatedly followed by a young female slave who had a spirit of divination. The demonic spirit in this woman constantly and loudly declared that Paul and Silas were the servants of God who showed people the way of salvation. One day, Paul, who was grieved in his spirit by this action, commanded the evil spirit to come out of the woman, and it did. The woman’s owners who had been using her to make money by fortune-telling were upset. Paul had hit their pocketbook, and they did not like it.

In retaliation, they kidnapped Paul and Silas and dragged them before the magistrates or city rulers. They accused the evangelists of troubling the city and teaching customs which were not lawful for Romans to observe. The woman’s owners also stirred up the townspeople, and as a result, the city rulers had Paul and Silas beaten with “many stripes” after which they were thrown into prison. The jailer was given the command to keep them securely, so he put them in “the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.” Today, we would say they were put in a maximum security facility. Or in the “hole”

Paul and Silas were in yet another impossible situation at no fault of their own. Paul and Silas being beaten and imprisoned was not due to any sin or crime on their part. In fact, they had consistently been doing the right things — praying, preaching the Gospel, and moving forward in ministry under God’s guidance. Yet they found themselves in this predicament.

What is their response? In prison, at midnight, their response is to pray and sing praises unto God. They did not change their behavior because of their predicament. They pressed on in prayer and praise at the midnight hour.

The midnight hour is the darkest part of the night. While it was literally midnight for these men of God, midnight for us can represent dark times in our lives. Those times when we feel like we have done everything right, yet everything turns out wrong. Those times when we have prayed and planned, yet we find ourselves facing overwhelming problems. Those times when it seems like the pressure of the world is piling on us and we are experiencing a dark night, a midnight, of the soul.

David experienced this midnight hour. He had killed Goliath, was anointed to be the next king of Israel, was the best friend of Saul’s son, and was married to Saul’s daughter. Yet, he found himself hiding in caves and on the run from Saul and his army.

Elijah experience the midnight hour. This prophet of God stood up all alone on Mt. Carmel against the king, the queen, and 400 of Baal’s prophets. All alone, he called down fire from Heaven through prayer, proving to the people that “the Lord, he is God.” Yet, he found himself afraid, on the run from Jezebel who vowed to kill him by sundown the next day, and living out in the wilderness being fed by ravens.

Jesus experienced the midnight hour. He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and preached that the kingdom of God had come. Yet, He found himself hated by the people who should have been celebrating Him. He found Himself under constant death threat, being falsely accused, and eventually betrayed, arrested, beaten, and crucified.

The midnight hour comes to all of God’s children. The question is: What will you do in yours? Will you throw up your hands, become depressed and discouraged, and curse the darkness? Or, will you, like Paul and Silas, light a candle and press on in prayer and in praise? Will you pause in the midst of your darkness and let your requests be made known to God? Will you stop and praise God that He is in the darkness with you?

President Franklin D. Roosevelt set a great example for us during one of the darkest days in history — D-Day, June 6, 1944. As thousands of Allied troops swarmed the beaches of France under open sky, where they faced hundreds of thousands of bullets and the chance of survival was 1 in 4, President Roosevelt went before the nation, not to make a speech, but to offer a prayer to God. It has been called his “Prayer During Dark Times.” While many citizens were afraid and worried about their sons, brothers, and husbands entering combat and what would happen if the offensive failed, the president put the focus of the nation where it needed to be — on God, who was with them even at such a dark time.

God was with David in the caves as he was on the run, and out of his midnight hour, came a king after God’s own heart. God was with Elijah in the wilderness, and out of his midnight hour, he was reminded that God was stronger than Jezebel and that he was not alone because there were 7,000 others in Israel who had not bowed the knee to Baal. God was with Jesus in Gethsemane, and out of His midnight hour, He received the strength and the assurance to go forward with the plan of redemption that had been set up before the foundation of the world.

Great things come out of the midnight hour. Wherever you are in life, God is with you. He has a plan and a purpose for the position that you are in. And, for that reason, you should pray to Him and praise Him in your midnight hour.

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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 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.”

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 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.

Dealing with Satanic Distractions in Prayer (Praying Through the Bible #226)



Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Acts 16:16-18

16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:

17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.

18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

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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 225 messages in this series.

This is message #226 titled, Dealing with Distractions in Prayer.

Once again, we find Paul, Silas, and Luke on their way to prayer. A few verses prior to this, we saw them at the riverside praying with and sharing the Gospel with the God-fearing women of the city of Philippi. Now, they are staying at the house of one of those women, Lydia.

As these three are on their way to prayer, perhaps by the riverside once again, they are accosted by a young woman who “possesses a spirit of divination” and who “brought her masters much gain by soothsaying” or fortune-telling. This woman was like the psychics or palm-readers that we have today who claim they can tell things about a person or about their future by reading their palms or looking at a set of cards. Of course, all of these individuals are frauds, and all have tapped in to demonic powers, and that is what is going on here.

The Bible says this woman followed Paul and his companions crying out, “These are the servants of the Most High God which show unto us the way of salvation.” This went on “for many days.” For days on end, whenever Paul and Silas and Luke would go out to pray or preach, this woman would come crying after them. On the surface, it sounds like she is doing a good thing. Surely, Paul’s ministry could have been benefitted by the free advertisement. Certainly, this woman was telling the truth. But the devil can do good for an evil purpose. And Paul recognizes an evil spirit in this woman.

This is often how the devil will try to distract us from prayer. He will take those things which are good and use them to get your mind off of the greater good of prayer. One commentator wrote, “Distractions can trip us up, sometimes without notice. First, they make their way into our prayer time on a peripheral tangent even though we hardly open the door. Then, before too long, like uninvited guests, they overshadow our minds and guide us away from the Lord. But the good news is that we are not hopelessly bound to these invaders. God wants us to know that it is possible to win the battle against the distractions that come at us when we try to pray.”

It is amazing the many things that come to your mind that need to be done when it is time for you to pray. Good things — bills that need to be paid, people you need to call, people trying to call you, appointments that need to be followed up on, etc. All things that should be done. God would even be pleased if you do these things, but none of these things should take the place of prayer. We must, as Paul did, recognize that sometimes the devil is trying to distract us from the greater work.

The Bible says Paul “was grieved” in his spirit. The Holy Spirit inside of him could not suffer this distraction to continue. The devil was bringing attention to them, but it was attention for the wrong reasons. So Paul “turned and said to the demonic spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.”

Similarly, in our prayer lives, we must refuse to get caught up in the distractions that come our way. We must be able to discern by the Holy Spirit’s power when something is a legitimate concern that needs to be addressed and when the devil is trying to get us off track from what we are supposed to be doing, which is praying without ceasing and praying at appointed times.

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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 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.”

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 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.

Praying Off the Beaten Path (Praying Through the Bible #225)


TEXT: Acts 16:13-15

13 And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.

14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.

15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.

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 223 messages in this series.

This is message #224 titled, Praying Off the Beaten Path.

In this passage, we find Paul in the middle of his second missionary journey. Recently, he has attempted to take the Gospel message east into Asia Minor, but found repeatedly doors being shut and the Spirit indicating that they should not move forward in that direction. While they were waiting to find out what they should do next, Paul received a vision of a Macedonian man telling him, “Come over and help us.” Taking this as a sign from the Lord, Paul, Silas, and Luke go west into Europe. We know that Luke is with them because his narrative switches from “they” to “we”; he is a partaker in the action of his historical account. They arrive in Philippi, a Roman colony city in Macedonia.

Philippi was the most prominent city in the region. Being a colony city, it was considered a “little Rome,” a “Rome away from Rome.” It was filled with loyal Roman subjects, many of whom were retired soldiers, who had received rewards from the Roman emperor in exchange for them leaving Italy and reinforcing Roman values by living in an outpost of the Empire. Philippi was also the city where Mark Antony and Octavian defeated Brutus and Cassius in a decisive battle of the second Roman civil war just a few years prior to the arrival of Paul, Silas, and Luke.

On the first Sabbath after their arrival, we find Paul and his fellow workers heading down to a riverside where Jews gathered for prayer. Either one of the men in the group had some prior knowledge of the place or they were just looking for a place to pray themselves when they happened upon a group of Jews. Normally, Paul would have sought to present the Gospel in the synagogue on the Sabbath, but there was no synagogue in Philippi because the Jewish population in that city was very small and at least ten adult men were needed for the establishment of a synagogue.

The riverside prayer location was a way for the few Jews and others who believed in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to get away from the noise of the pagan city and get alone with God. The fact that it was a place “where prayer was wont to be made,” lets us know that the Jews gathered here consistently to pray. Matthew Henry noted, “Certainly, each of those who gathered here on the weekend also prayed separately every day; this was always the practice of those who worshiped God. Though they were but a few and marginalized by the town, though their meeting was at some distance, though it appears there were none but women, yet they determined to have a solemn assembly in order to worship God.”

The example of the women of Philippi reminds us that the power of prayer, independently or collectively, is not in any particular place. Many Christians only seriously pray when they are in the house of God on Sunday. They go through the week never once accessing the power that is available to them by going to God in prayer wherever they are — at home, in school, on the job, or driving from one place to another. The women of Philippi were not discouraged from gathering and praying together because they did not have a synagogue. Instead, they met by the river. They were determined to spend quality time with God in prayer.

Luke writes that he, Paul, and Silas, “sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.” Paul and his companions conversed with the women about Jesus Christ, His death, burial, and resurrection. The women of Philippi received the blessing of the truth of the Gospel because they were in this place of prayer off the beaten path. They received the truth from God, not in a synagogue or in the Temple, but by a riverside — a riverside they had resorted to because they were few in number and at a disadvantage in the city. (Not only were they believers in the true God in a pagan city, they were women in a male-dominated society.)

We, too, ought to be committed to praying anywhere. Certainly, we ought to resort to our “prayer closets” frequently. Certainly, we ought to attend church services and be in fellowship with other believers as much as possible. But there is no place where God cannot hear and answer our prayers. It may be that God also has special answers and special blessings for those of us who engage in prayer off the beaten path.

Someone once wrote:

God has given you His promise
That He hears and answers prayer.
He will heed your supplication
If you cast on Him your care.

He can hear the greatest petition,
And the smallest, over there.
Unto God, pray without ceasing,
He will answer every prayer.

Take to God your plans and failures,
Anytime and anywhere.
No one ever goes unanswered,
For He answers every prayer.

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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 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.”

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

The Power of the Collective Prayer of the Church in the Face of Impossible Situations, Part 5 (Praying Through the Bible #224)


TEXT: Acts 12:11-17

11 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.

12 And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.

13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda.

14 And when she knew Peter’s voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate.

15 And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel.

16 But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished.

17 But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go shew these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place.

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 223 messages in this series.

This is message #224 titled, The Power of the Collective Prayer of the Church in the Face of Impossible Situations, Part 5.

From the miraculous story of Peter’s deliverance from prison, from the hand of Herod, and from the ill intent of the Jews, we began looking at what this apostle did after he received his answer to prayer. The Bible tells us that “many” had gathered at Mary’s house to pray collectively for his deliverance. Their prayers had been answered, but Peter was the only one who knew it.

The first thing Peter did was he acknowledged God as the miracle-worker. He stopped to express thanks and gratitude to God for working on his behalf. And when we get our answers to prayer, we ought to do the same.

Then, not only did Peter acknowledge God as his deliverer and miracle-worker, but he shared the good news with other saints. Peter went to the house of Mary, the mother of John Mark, where the saints were gathered, praying for him. The Bible says, “many were gathered together praying.” With Herod’s people out to get them, it is understandable that the door was locked. It took Peter a little while to get into the prayer meeting because a young lady, Rhoda, answered the door, and when she heard Peter’s voice she got so excited that she ran back to tell the others but forgot to unlock the door. No one believed Rhoda at first, deciding that what she had seen was Peter’s guardian angel. “But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished.”

The word translated as “astonished” means “to be amazed, to be thrown into wonderment, to be beside one’s self.” I believe the response of these believers is due, not to the fact that they did not expect a miracle, but they did not expect a miracle of this nature. Perhaps, they were hoping that there would be a trial and that the Roman-backed legal system would treat Peter fairly and that Peter would eventually be released. (A similar thing happened to Paul some time in the future.) But when they saw Peter coming into Mary’s house that night, they knew that God had worked a miracle beyond their imagination. When God has answered our prayers, especially when others have been praying with us and for us, we ought to be glad to tell them of what God has done. Our testimony will be an encouragement to others who are praying for God to work on their behalf.

Finally, not only did Peter acknowledge God as his deliverer, and not only did he share the good news of his deliverance, but he and the other believers got back to work almost immediately. Understandably, Peter’s miraculous deliverance was a cause for great celebration. The believers wanted to know all the details of the miracle. The Bible says that Peter, “beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go shew these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place.”

Peter commissioned the saints to take the good news to James and to the other believers. They, too, needed to hear that their prayers had been answered, not only so that they could rejoice in the miracle, but so that they could get back to the all-important work of preaching the Gospel and edifying the saints. Sometimes, we have emergency situations that call for an ‘all hands on deck’ approach to prayer. That is what happened when “many” people gathered at Mary’s house to pray for one thing — Peter’s deliverance. That is the power of the collective prayer of the church in the face of impossible situations. But when these situations are resolved, we all must, as Peter did, go “into another place” so that we can continue the individual work that God has called us to do — be it in our homes, in our workplaces, in other areas of the church, in government, or what have you.

From the example of the first-century believers, we see that when we are faced with impossible situations, the collective prayer of the saints is mighty through God to overcome any difficulty that stands in the way of God’s work.

Eliza E. Hewitt wrote:

No matter how hard goes the battle of life,
God’s children need never despair;
His conquering grace giveth peace amid the strife,
There is wonderful power in prayer.

We know that roses will not always bloom,
The skies will not always be fair;
But go to the Father to brighten the gloom,
There is wonderful power in prayer.

Through all the swift changes that come to us here,
Till white robes of glory we wear;
We’ll look up to Jesus for comfort and cheer,
There is wonderful power in prayer.

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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 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.”

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

The Power of the Collective Prayer of the Church in the Face of Impossible Situations, Part 4 (Praying Through the Bible #223)


TEXT: Acts 12:11-17

11 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.

12 And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.

13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda.

14 And when she knew Peter’s voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate.

15 And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel.

16 But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished.

17 But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go shew these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place.

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 222 messages in this series.

This is message #223 titled, The Power of the Collective Prayer of the Church in the Face of Impossible Situations, Part 4.

At the beginning of our passage, Peter has just been miraculously delivered from prison. Herod had him locked up and chained to two guards, with two more watching the door. Herod planned to have Peter publicly executed in order to please the Jews. But none of Herod’s plans were able to stop God from delivering Peter. While Herod was plotting, God’s people were praying without ceasing. In the middle of the night, an angel entered the prison, awoke Peter, broke his chains, told him to get dressed, and led him out of the prison. The city gates opened for them of their own accord, and the angel departed from Peter. It was at this point that Peter realized that he had really been delivered. Previously, he thought he must have been dreaming or receiving some kind of vision.

Notice three things Peter did when he realized that he had been miraculously delivered.

First, Peter acknowledged God as the miracle-worker. Often, when we get our blessings or our answers to prayer, we take them and run. But, not Peter. As soon as he realized what had happened, he said, “Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.” Peter acknowledged that God was behind his deliverance. He knew that he had not delivered himself, so he offered that thanks, that gratitude, that attribution to God. Just as you and I appreciate it when others say “thank you” for what we have done for them, God appreciates it when we say “thank you” for what He has done for us. Remember how Jesus commended the one leper who came back to thank Him after He had healed ten of them.

The text goes on to tell us that Peter “considered the thing.” The word translated as “consider” means “to comprehend or to be conscious of.” How often do we go through life unaware and unconscious of God’s blessings? Have you ever stopped to consider the fact that you are still alive? Have you ever stopped to consider the fact that you are healthy? Have you ever stopped to consider that you have food to eat and a place to stay? Have you ever stopped to consider that you have a means of making money and providing for your family? Most of us just take these things for granted. We need to deliberately stop to consider the things that God has blessed us with as we go to Him each day in prayer. In fact, you can make it a habit to thank God for one thing that you do have before you ask Him for something that you do not have.

 

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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 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.”

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

The Profound Prayer that Jesus Prayed, Part 12 (Praying Through the Bible #196)


TEXT: John 17:16-19

16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

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 195 messages in this series.

This is message #196 titled, The Profound Prayer that Jesus Prayed, Part 12

Picking up from where we left off in our last message, we are going to continue looking at why Jesus prayed for His disciples, that God would “sanctify them.” The purpose of the disciples’ sanctification is for them to be set apart, consecrated, hallowed (made holy) by God so that God can use them.

This sanctification is done, as Jesus prayed, “through [God’s] truth: thy word is truth.” The first way this is carried out is through the revelation of Jesus Christ who is ‘the Way, the Truth, and the Life.’ His Spirit living inside of the disciples, and in all believers, transforms us little by little into His likeness.

The second way this sanctification process is carried out is through the reading, studying, and application of the Word of God, the Bible. One of the things Jesus did after He rose from the dead is walk with two of His disciples on the Road to Emmaus and explain the Old Testament Scriptures to them. When this Bible study was finished, the disciples said, “Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” Jesus had set these disciples hearts on fire by explaining the Word of God to them and helping them see what it meant — that Christ was ordained to suffer and die for the salvation of the world. That made them rejoice for the Gospel; that made them ready to share the Gospel.

We, of course, have the New Testament as well as the Old. But the work of Christ in the believer’s heart is the same. The Comforter, the Holy Spirit, is here to explain the Scripture to us just as Jesus explained it to those disciples on the Road to Emmaus. The Word of God, rightfully divided, will not only give us knowledge and instruction, but it will act as a purifying agent in our hearts and lives. The truth of God’s Word will hold the devil’s lies at bay. This truth will serve to move sin out of our lives and keep us from giving in to temptation.

It will also set our hearts on fire, and give us the impetus to serve God in the capacity that He is sanctifying us for –That is to send us into the world as servants of Him. Jesus prayed, “As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.”

A vessel that is sanctified or set aside is not set aside to look impressive, or so that people can come by and say, “Oh, look at that pretty vessel.” You likely have a car in your garage. The car is a vessel — it is intended to carry people and things from one place to another. Even though the car is set aside for that purpose, it is useless as long as it just sits in your garage. The vessel only becomes useful when it is on the road carrying people and things to and fro.

God is sanctifying us so that we can become useful vessels. He means for us to do some kind of work for Him. The process of sanctification is ongoing, of course; it will not be complete until we get to Heaven. But, after some time, God intends to send us into the world to fulfill a mission for Him. We ought to pray for the patience to be willing students, readily learning the Word of God and applying its truths to our lives so that we can be ready when God tells us to “Go.”

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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 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.”

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

Turning Sorrow Into Joy Through Prayer, Part 5 (Praying Through the Bible #184)


TEXT: John 16:21-27

21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.

22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.

23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.

26 At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:

27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.

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 183 messages in this series.

This is message #184 titled, Turning Sorrow Into Joy Through Prayer, Part 5

So far, from this passage, we have seen three great truths that Jesus revealed to His disciples regarding prayer.

First, that they (and all Christians) can pray to God in Jesus’ name and have the guarantee that their prayers will be heard in Heaven.

Second, that we will gain joy from our communication with God and from our prayers being answered by God.

Third, that because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, there is no more division between us and God. He speaks to us plainly through the Holy Spirit, and we speak to Him plainly through prayer in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Now, Jesus gives His disciples another great truth regarding prayer in the New Testament age. In verse 26 He says, “At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you.” Jesus tells His disciples that after His resurrection, they will be able to pray to God in Jesus’ name. He will no longer need to pray to the Father on our behalf. This does not negate the fact that He is indeed interceding for us before God’s throne. It simply lets us know that Jesus prays for us out of love, not out of necessity. We can pray to God for ourselves as long as we pray in the name of Jesus Christ.

Jesus continues, “For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.” This is yet another great truth regarding prayer. Why can we pray to God as believers? Simply because God Himself loves us. Nothing stands in the way of God’s love for us. For the Bible says, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

God loves us directly and intimately. William Barclay said, “Here Jesus is saying: ‘You can go to God, because he loves you,’ and he is saying that before the Cross. He did not die to change God into love; he died to tell us that God is love. He came, not because God so hated the world, but because he so loved the world. Jesus brought to men the love of God.”

Why does God love us? Jesus tells us that it is because “ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.” Now, this does not mean that God did not love us before we believed in Jesus. It simply means that God loves us in a different way than He loved us before. Before, He loved us as helpless sinners in need of a Saviour. He had pity and compassion on us. Now, He loves us as children, people who are a part of His family. It is this approach that we are privileged to take when we pray to Him.

We do not trade our belief in Jesus for God’s love of us. God does not operate based on bargains. He loves us of His own free will, and He allows us to be a part of His family. As one commentator said, “faith and love is melted together” in a unique bond of blessing and friendship. Jesus really wants His disciples to grasp this truth as they face the dark night of the crucifixion when it seems as though God turns His back on them (which actually happens for Jesus).

Taking all of His words into consideration, Jesus wants His disciples to get this message: Although you are facing a sorrowful situation, you can have joy because you have a connection with the Heavenly Father who loves you. You can pray to Him and He will hear you. He will turn your sorrow into joy. The same thing goes for us today. Jesus wants us to know that our sorrow can be turned into joy if we turn our eyes to God and the relationship that we have with Him through Jesus Christ. That relationship is one we enjoy through the practice of faithful prayer.

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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 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.”

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

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