Thank you for joining us on Prayer Bus #2. As you might recall on August 13, 2013, we completed Broadcast #520 of the Prayer Motivator Devotional as well as John R. Rice’s entire book titled “Prayer: Asking and Receiving’. Since then, I have been taking a much needed break. And it is so good to be back with you today to encourage you to pray. We praise God and thank God for giving us the grace to do this broadcast and we thank all of you who went on the first prayer bus journey with us and we hope that you will receive a greater blessing and encouragement on this second prayer bus journey.
The simple purpose of this broadcast is to motivate, encourage, and exhort you to Just Pray. This radio broadcast is not necessarily for people who already know the secret and power of prayer and who actually practice genuine prayer on a regular basis, rather it is for those who may find it difficult to pray or for people who claim they do not have time to pray. I am convinced that most Christian people do not need to learn how to pray; they need to Just Pray! If I can get you to just pray, all sorts of wonderful things will begin to happen for you, your family, and whatever God has called you to do. We do not pray based upon our subjective feelings, we pray based upon objective facts in the Word of God.
TODAY’S POEM: “Blessed” by Roger Horsch
VERSE: 1 Corinthians 7:1-5: “Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.” (Commentary from Matthew Henry’s Commentary)
QUOTE: “One spouse may rob and withdraw himself or herself from the other and refuse to grant the conjugal due or to associate with the other. One may find a woman so stubborn and thick-headed that it means nothing to her though her husband fall into unchasteness ten times. Then it is time for the man to say: If you are not willing, another woman is; if the wife is not willing, bring on the maid. But this only after the husband has told his wife once or twice, warned her, and let it be known to other people that her stubborn refusal may be publicly known and rebuked before the congregation. If she still does not want to comply, then dismiss her; let an Esther be given you and allow Vashti to go, as did King Ahasuerus.” –Martin Luther
TOPIC: God, Sex, and Prayer: Don’t Be So Heavenly-minded that You’re No Earthly Good
As a young person, I hated church, I hated preachers, I hated church people, and anything that had to do with church. We went to church every time the doors of the church were opened, and we stayed in church all day long on Sundays. One of the reasons why I hated church is because both of my parents were preachers. I carried my father’s name, he is Daniel Whyte, Jr., and I am Daniel Whyte III, and he was pretty well-known in that region, and I did not like that situation at all since I was trying to be cool, hip, and accepted by my evil peers.
I did not like church or church people for several reasons:
(1) many men seemed weak and effeminate; in fact, I don’t believe they even liked football because they stayed in church way past the time all of the games were played every Sunday during football season;
(2) the women, for the most part, controlled the men and ran everything in the church;
(3) my dad was Baptist and my mother was Pentecostal Holiness, but in any church we went to there always seemed to be people in the choir or doing the music who were out and out homosexuals, and if they weren’t, they acted as though they were not interested in the women, and to me that was rather odd that no matter what denomination we went to, homosexuals ruled in the choir box and/or at the piano or organ. This was a huge turnoff for me because if testosterone can be measured on a scale of 1 to 100, I was off the charts at least to 150. I was very much interested in the beautiful girls in the choir.
(4) as I touched on before, church services were long and drawn out. If they preachd the Gospel, they did not preach it were I was able to understand it. Most of the time was taken up with spooky stuff such as speaking in tongues, and showmanship rather than spirituality.
My point in sharing this testimony with you as we start this series on God, sex, and prayer, is to help you to understand that when I share something with you about prayer, it does not come from the standpoint of religiosity or trying to be super-spiritual, mystical and spooky. I got saved out of religion and a lot of unneccessary foolishness. You are hearing from a man’s man who believes that you can pray consistently and still have exciting, satisfying sex with your wife consistently. (I would like to say here that as a credit to my wife, even though we have had our problems over the past 26 years of marriage from time to time, she’s never tried to use sex as a weapon against me. By the way, prayer, firm leadership according to Ephesians 5 and 6, and sex is what God has used to keep our marriage together this long in spite of the odds against us. Now, dear brother, if you are having problems with your wife using sex to manipulate you and control you to have her way, I feel bad for you, son. But I have 99 problems, but sex with my wife ain’t one. I thank God for that and I’ll be praying for you.) You are hearing from a man who believes you can pray consistently and still watch a good football game with the guys, not think for a minute that the game is violent, and maybe have a little Manischewitz and a little Guinness in moderation, of course. You are hearing from a Christian man who believes you can pray and still enjoy life with your family and others to its fullest without spooking people out, trying to act all santimonious. In other words, you can pray and keep it real. You don’t have to be so Heavenly minded that you’re no earthly good. So, don’t get it twisted. When I encourage you to pray, that does not mean you turn into a monk or a nun and get so “spiritual” and so “holy” that you can’t take care of business in the bedroom and in other areas of life. Remember, my motto that God gave me many years ago: Pray, Think, and Do.
By the grace of God, in our next broadcast of The Prayer Motivator Devotional, I will give you some historical information as to why I am dealing with this subject at the beginning of this journey. For you see, the problem is because of our sinful human nature, when people begin to talk about getting their prayer life together, they get weird, they get spooky, and they start talking about how they need to stay away from their husband or wife for a while. What we want to help you do is get your mind right about prayer and true spirituality, have a balance, have fun, and keep it real.
DEVOTIONAL: “What Are You Now?” from John Wesley.
Pray, Think, Do! God Bless You!
MUSIC: “Anybody Wanna Pray With Me?” by CeCe Winans