The Family That Prays Together…
Many people know me as either the marketing expert and founder of B-EZ Graphix or the father of the new Black Brady Bunch. On the surface, it appears that I do well in both roles. But, there is more depth to my character than what seen in public or on social media. In a very intimate space that very few see, I have a deep relationship with my Creator. At the very core of who I am and the central motivation for me to be the best I can be is my God. I am often admonished that it is not politically correct to mix religion in your professional life to avoid offending anyone that may be different. However, as I grew closer to God and began putting Him closer to the forefront of my life, greater opportunities and blessing drew near as wickedness fell away from my life. I soon began to realize the difference between religion and faith. Religion follows the messenger, while faith follows the message. This compels me to dive deeper into my prayer life and walk in faith for both myself and my family.
I thank God for my wife, Sierra Wyatt, for keeping me centered. Without fail, she prays and travails before God every morning. Sierra asks me daily, “have you prayed today?” This is not because we feel that prayer is a chore in our family. As partners married before the Lord, we hold each other accountable to ensure that we put God first in our lives before work or anything else. We sometimes laugh because we can tell the difference when we didn’t take time to pray. We are spiritually off balance and we become vulnerable to even minute irritations because we haven’t prayed to allow God to be bigger than our problems. In that moment, it is our top priority to pray together. The Word of God says, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20). When God is with you, the world become so much smaller and it becomes a lot easier to accomplish great things as He works through you.
I couldn’t accomplish much with a cold or lukewarm prayer life. Many times, I couldn’t leave the house because I was internally crippled by the challenges we face as a family that are often too great for us tackle alone. Everyone see’s one big happy family in the photos we post on Facebook and Instagram. But, few know of the child support battles we face against a deadbeat father who’s avoiding getting served, the 6 hour difference between me and my older children, Jasmine & Brian III, who just moved to Hawaii with their mother, the frustrations of an ex-husband threatening to start a child support case against my unemployed wife, the threats of an ex who wants to take away my parental and visitation rights as a father, losing power for a week after a hurricane and having to trash all of the food in our home during the same week I was laid off from my job just before my youngest son was born. It was a miracle just to have all 8 of our children together this past summer. We exhausted every resource to make the experience as memorable and meaningful for them and for ourselves because we know what we have to fight through over the next 9 months until we’re all together again. These are battles that we cannot win alone.
Overcoming these challenges are miracles that we cannot overlook or take the credit for. I see God, not just kindness, in my Pastor, Lamar Simmons and the Love & Faith church members and friends that brought us food and gave us a place to stay during the hurricane recovery efforts. I see God in the small things that happen that bring even just a little joy in our lives in the midst of a storm around us. Like the birth of our newborn son and 9th child, Micah Elijah Wyatt. We named him Micah “who is like Yah” because there is no one like our God that can bring us joy in the way that He does. That’s what makes us happy. We find our joy in the Lord and in prayer, not in where we are or what we have in life. I pray that Micah will forever be a source of joy for us and for the lives that he touches. Our children are our chance to reverse the trend of generational curses and raise up a generation of spiritual warriors and prophets.
Without prayer, neither us nor our children will get very far. Although, I am still unemployed, I am confident that God is finishing a good work in me. That He has something great in store for me and my family. Many of those possibilities are already falling into place…in small miracles that will produce an unimaginably great future for me and my family. I wanted to share this to encourage everyone who reads this to take time to find the center of your prayer life and stay there. Keep it close to you. Don’t let any other priority in life pry it away from the deepest most intimate space of who you are. When you are robbed of that, you are robbed of your source for limitless possibilities.