Jesus Christ said, “It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer.”

Make America Godly Again, Part 3 (Praying Through the Bible #364)

Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 1 Timothy 2:1-8

1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.


William Gurnall said, “We stand at better advantage to find truth, and keep it also, when devoutly praying for it, instead of fiercely wrangling and contending about it. Disputes toil the soul, and raise the dust of passion; prayer sweetly composes the mind, and lays to rest the passions which disputes draw forth.”

Most Christians in America today would agree that the nation is moving further away from its godly heritage. However, if we want to make America godly again, the solution we must seek is not a political one. It is not one that can be provided through the legislative, executive, or judicial branches on neither the state nor federal level. If America is to be godly again, Christians must follow the plan set down in God’s Word, and that starts with prayer.

Paul writes to Timothy: “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made…” Now, over the past six-plus years of the Praying Through the Bible Series, we have discussed the nuances in the different types of prayer that Paul mentions here several times. So, we are not going to spend a lot of time going over that again. But here is a summary from the Bible Knowledge Commentary: “SUPPLICATIONS carry the idea of offering a request for a felt need. PRAYERS is the most common term for this activity, and it emphasizes the sacredness of prayer to God. It is an act of worship, not just an expression of our wants and needs. INTERCESSIONS is best translated ‘petitions.’ The basic meaning is ‘to draw near to a person and converse confidently with him.’ GIVING OF THANKS is when we not only give thanks for answers to prayer, but for who God is and what He does for us in His grace.”

To whom are we to apply all of these aspects of prayer? Paul says that they ought to be applied to “all men.” We have a bad habit of praying only for those people we like and those people who we think “need it.” We don’t pray as much as we ought to for those who are poor and suffering. And we certainly don’t pray for those we consider our enemies except to be delivered from their schemes. But the Bible says we ought to offer supplications, intercessions, and thanksgiving to God for “all men” or ‘all people.’

Before we march against the people we think are destroying America, we ought to pray for them. Before we rally against the people who oppose Christian values, we ought to intercede for them. Before we drag someone to court claiming that they are persecuting us, we ought to thank God for them. Before we, in our righteous anger, respond to a post on social media that we disagree with — no matter how much we think we are backed up by Scripture, we ought to pause and offer supplication on behalf of the person on the receiving end.

Why is it important to pray for “all men”? Because when we pray for someone, we bring that person before the mercy seat with us. We open the door for God to speak to us about that person. We create an opportunity for us to see that person as God sees them. (And it doesn’t always have to be someone with whom we have a major spiritual or idealogical disagreement. It might be the neighbor who keeps parking their car on your grass. It might be the family member who is getting on your last nerve.) Before we respond, before we react, we ought to stop and pray. Ask yourself today, am I praying for all men? Am I praying for all people — including those that I don’t like or agree with?

Samuel Francis Smith wrote:

My country, ’tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
From ev’ry mountainside
Let freedom ring!

My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills.
My heart with rapture thrills
Like that above.

Let music swell the breeze
And ring from all the trees
Sweet freedom’s song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.

Our fathers’ God, to thee,
Author of liberty,
To thee we sing;
Long may our land be bright
With freedom’s holy light.
Protect us by thy might,
Great God, our King!

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

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

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

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

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

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

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

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.