It used to be a given that Christian families would pray, read the Bible, and spend time together every morning. However, as families have gotten busier, that daily time has shrunken and is non-existent in many homes.
However, a new book by national bestselling author Daniel Whyte III provides a great way for families to get back on track in spending time with the Lord and with each other. The book is titled, Whyte House Family Devotions: How Your Family Can Start (or Restart) Having a Daily Devotional Time Together.
In the introduction, Whyte writes:
“My family and I have had morning devotions, or “family altar” as some people call it, every day ever since my wife, Meriqua, and I were married over thirty years ago.
“We have prayed and read the Bible as well as other devotional books as a family, and it is the only reason why we have stayed together. It is also the only reason why God has blessed our family and used our family in ministry all of these years. We read Ephesians 5 and 6 every morning as it relates to the role of each member of the family and how we need to put on the whole armor of God to fight against the devil who is seeking to destroy our family and all Christian families, churches, and Christians.
“In 2017, after thirty years of doing this in our home, we opened our daily family devotional time up to the world for a period of one year—broadcasting our family devotions live online via video and audio. We did this especially for those who don’t have a family to pray with, those who don’t have a spouse, and those who are single by choice or through the death of a spouse. But, we primarily did this to encourage all families that are still together to go back to the family altar and have devotions with each other every morning.
“Now, in the pages of this book, we have collected the first 31 days of our family devotional ‘program’ that you can use as a template to jump-start your family’s devotional time. Of course, all families are different. And, once you get started, the Lord may lead you to do things in a different manner that fits better with your spouse, children, and general family dynamic. The ages of your children, and your daily schedules, may influence how you go about your devotional time. But, what is important is that you do it, and do it every day.
“Take the devotional programs in this book, gather your family around, and begin by praying, reading the Bible, singing, studying the Word, and discussing the practical ways you can apply it to your life.”
Whyte House Family Devotions (VOLUME 1: January 1st-31st): How Your Family Can Start (or Restart) Having a Daily Devotional Time Together is available on Amazon Kindle for $2.99.
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.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts. He preached the Gospel for 100 days straight leading up to the 2012 election, and he preached the Gospel for 367 days straight throughout the controversial 2016 presidential election season.
He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree. He holds 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 also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.