Class 5: Let God Hear From You (Part 1)
Welcome to Class 5 of “The Ramp” to the Highway of Success course for young women. I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society, working in partnership with the Martin Luther King Senior Institute for Young Men & Young Women. The Institute aims to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Sr., commonly referred to as “Daddy King”, whom God used to raise the great leader, Martin Luther King Jr. Our purpose is to guide young men and young women, and help them get on the path to becoming kings and queens for the glory of God.
I am your instructor for this course and the author of the ESSENCE Magazine bestselling book “Letters to Young Black Men” and the national bestselling book “Letters to Young Black Women.” My wife, Meriqua Whyte, and my eldest daughter, Daniella Whyte, co-authored “Letters to Young Black Women” with me. My daughter, who is now a college graduate, and her mother, developed the Study Guide. We are using Letters to Young Black Women and its study guide to guide you through this course. This course is for all young women, but especially for young black women and young women of color who oftentimes face disadvantages that others do not. The goal of this class is to help you operate from a position of strength and power based upon the Word of God so you can be victorious in life. My prayer is that this class will empower you to win against your enemies: the devil, sorry men, and even yourself.
Today, we are beginning a new study titled, LET GOD HEAR FROM YOU.
— Let’s Pray —
Allow me to begin with a word from Corrie ten Boom. She said, “Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.”
Someone once said, “God is more interested in the quality of the prayer, not the quantity and eloquence of the words.”
Now, please pull out your text and your digital study guide or follow along on the screen. First, I will read the corresponding letter in the book, Letters to Young Black Women.
Dear Daughters & YBW:
Yes, it is true: God loves His girls in a very special way, and He desires to hear from you regularly. Why does God want to hear from you? Well, He wants to hear from you for several reasons:
- He loves you, and He created you to fellowship with Him.
- He knows that you need Him. He wants to guide you and to direct you to success in life.
- He wants you to have wisdom and obtain favor in the sight of God and man.
- He wants to bless your life with the things you need and the good things you desire.
Please notice what the Bible says in Jeremiah 33:3: “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not.”
One of the reasons why I am emphasizing prayer early in this book is because in my life experience I have noticed that many women have a hard time maintaining a solid prayer life. Take for example, my wife of 20 years, Meriqua. I recall that when we first got married, for several months when I attempted to pray with her, she really didn’t want to pray, and she would fall asleep while praying. The truth is, my new Christian bride was simply not as interested in prayer as I was. Not only that, but she also didn’t really see the importance of prayer. Prayer is just as important for women as it is for men. If you have a hard time praying as well, here’s how to get started:
How To Pray: In praying, follow the example our Lord Jesus Christ laid down in Matthew 6:9-13:
- Thank the Lord (verse 9)
- Ask God’s will for your life (verse 10)
- Ask for your daily needs (verse 11)
- Confess your sins and ask for forgiveness (verse 12)
- Ask God to deliver you from temptation, evil, and sin (verse 13a)
- Praise the Lord (verse 13b)
When To Pray: Pray as the Lord leads you. The Holy Spirit will prompt you to pray throughout the day. It is also good to pray at appointed times, as King David and the Prophet Daniel did. The Bible says in I Thessalonians 5:17 that we ought to, “Pray without ceasing.”
May I lovingly encourage you to overcome any obstacle that would hinder you from maintaining a strong prayer life? Prayer does not have to be difficult. Just keep it simple, to the point, and remember what the great author and evangelist John R. Rice used to say: “Prayer is simply asking and receiving from God.” Regular, consistent communication with God Almighty will make all the difference in your life.
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” —Philippians 4:6
With Love and Prayer,
Daniel Whyte III
Now, please follow along as we begin our study:
- God wants you to pray to Him because He loves you and He created you to fellowship with Him.
1 John 1:3 says: “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.”
God created you in His image not just to exist in the world, but to fellowship with Him and to glorify Him with your life. As a Christian, you are able to fellowship with God by talking to Him through prayer. When you get saved, you are given the opportunity to converse with God as you would a real friend. Constant communication with God through prayer is a foretaste of what it will be like to live in Heaven with God forever and enjoy Him and His glory.
Romans 5:1-2 says: “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
In Old Testament times, the priests were the only ones who had direct access to God. They spent hours preparing their hearts to meet Him on a daily basis. However, when Jesus Christ came into the world, shed His blood, and died on the cross for our sins, He changed all of that. Now, every single person in the world has direct access to God through Jesus Christ by trusting Him for salvation. We can now approach Him at any time. Friendship and fellowship with God is possible because of His grace and the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross. This is something we can rejoice about in life.
- God knows that you need Him. He wants to guide you and direct you to success in life.
1 Kings 2:3 says, “And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself:”
God wants you to be successful at what He has called you and purposed you to do in life. The only way to be truly successful is to keep God’s Word before you and pray to Him often. God guides those who trust Him and seek His face about their life goals and plans. God is glorified when His children carry out His plans for them in the world and represent Him and glorify His name with their lives. Praying to God will ensure His guidance and direction in life.
Psalms 37:4 says, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
When you choose to put God above everything else you think you want or need, you will find the very things you are looking for. When you delight in God, in praying to Him, in talking to Him, in meditating on His Word, in following His commandments, you will find peace and joy in your soul. God will also give you the desires of your heart, your dreams will come to pass, you will reach your goals, and you will be pleasing the Lord. Delight in God and He will delight to give you the good things your heart desires.
Take a moment right now and list out the thing or things you believe God has called you to accomplish in life. After you list it out, pray over it everyday. Ask God to guide you and give you wisdom in fulfilling your goals and glorifying Him with your life.
In our next class, we will continue our study “LET GOD HEAR FROM YOU”.
Elisabeth Elliot, said, “Prayer lays hold of God’s plan and becomes the link between His will and its accomplishment on earth. Amazing things happen, and we are given the privilege of being the channels of the Holy Spirit’s prayer.”
I want to give you the opportunity right now to make the decision to give your life to Jesus Christ. John 3:16 says, “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 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
God bless you and keep you until we meet for our next class.