Class 6: Let God Hear From You (Part 2)
Welcome to Class 6 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 continue our study titled, LET GOD HEAR FROM YOU.
— Let’s Pray —
Allow me to begin with a word from Hannah More. She said, “Prayer is not eloquence, but earnestness; not the definition of helplessness, but the feeling of it; not figures of speech, but earnestness of soul.”
Someone once said, “Prayer is a Sin-Killer. No one can sin and pray, for prayer will either make us cease from sin, or sin will make us cease from prayer.”
Let’s begin by reviewing what we covered in our last class:
You might recall from our last class that we discussed two reasons why God wants to hear from you. First, He loves you, and He created you to fellowship with Him. Second, He knows that you need Him. He wants to guide you and to direct you to success in life. 1 John 1:3 shows us how God seeks to develop fellowship with His children through the channel of prayer. Psalm 37:4 shows us how if we trust God and obey His word, He will give us the desires of our heart.
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. I am not going to read the entire chapter as I did last week. I am just going to read the portion we will be dealing with today.
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:
1. He loves you, and He created you to fellowship with Him.
2. He knows that you need Him. He wants to guide you and to direct you to success in life.
3. He wants you to have wisdom and obtain favor in the sight of God and man.
4. 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.
Now, please follow along as we continue our study:
3. God wants you to have wisdom and obtain favor in the sight of God and man.
Proverbs 4:7 says: “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
Wisdom is one of the main things God wants His children to have in this life. It is “the principal thing”. Solomon admonishes readers of this passage to get wisdom. Among everything else that you get — your education, your career, your status in life, your success — get wisdom. Wisdom puts you head and shoulders above those who don’t have it. When you have God’s wisdom, you are able to think through problems faster and not be led about by what other people say, your feelings, or your emotions. Wisdom is not given to us to be proud and arrogant but to humbly walk before God as we interact with people. The only way to obtain God’s wisdom is through prayer to him. God gives wisdom to those who choose to take the time to talk to Him through prayer.
James 1:5 says: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
Having wisdom when everything is going well is good. But having and using wisdom in difficult times is a special gift from God. You see, the wisdom that God gives is for all times. We are encouraged to seek God’s face through prayer and ask Him for wisdom. God promises that whoever asks Him for wisdom will get it. God made you in His image and He is a wise God. He takes pleasure when you make good use of the wisdom He gives to you. God gives wisdom to all who ask “liberally”, this means, without limit, freely, and in abundance. When you have the wisdom of God, you will find favor in His sight and in the sight of people you deal with on a daily basis.
4. God wants to bless your life with the things you need and the good things you desire.
Philippians 4:19 says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
When we pray to God, we have the opportunity to ask God for whatever it is we want or need. God delights in answering the prayers of His children. The Apostle Paul knew this firsthand because God had answered many of his own prayers for help and deliverance. Paul had learned to depend on God and to call upon Him regularly. It is by the grace of God that we have free access to the throne of God. He gives us strength to pray and do that which is good in life. When we pray, we can be expectant and grateful that He will supply all of our needs just as this verse promises.
Matthew 21:22 says, “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
The condition of our receiving anything from God is our believing that He will give it. This is another promise Jesus gives in Scripture. Everything and anything we ask in prayer, God will give it to us in His time, His will, and His way. This verse does not mean that God gives us everything we want. But He does answer our prayers in some form or way, sometimes it is by giving us something better, or by giving us a command to wait, or by giving us nothing at all. God knows what is best for us and He answers our prayer according to His perfect plan and will for us. Prayer allows us to go to God about anything in faith believing and we have the promise that He will answer. Matthew Henry said, “Faith is the soul, prayer is the body; both together make a complete man for any service. Faith, if it be right, will excite prayer; and prayer is not right, if it does not spring from faith.”
Take a moment right now and ask God to give you wisdom for life. Ask Him also for anything that you need or want in faith and listen for Him to answer your prayer.
In our next class, we will continue our study “LET GOD HEAR FROM YOU”.
J. Hudson Taylor, said, “Do not have your concert first and tune your instruments afterward. Begin the day with God.”
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.