Hello everyone, and thank you for joining us today in our weekly Prayers for the Week post. We have a lot to pray about, but to start us off, I have a wonderful praise to share!
Last week, we wrote about our friend and co-worker Dennis, who suffered a terrible heart attack on his birthday. Well, I am beyond excited to report that Dennis has made a remarkable recovery, and is feeling better each day! Praise the Lord for this great news, and thank you all for your prayers!
In other prayers, please pray for our friend Carol, who is anxious over a test she takes later today. Please pray for God’s Peace to descend upon her so that she can focus on her test and pass it with flying colors!
Also, keep praying for Sebastian and Sherry! Thanks everyone!
Of course, this week is also marked by unspeakable tragedy and horror as we grieve the lost in the wake of the horrible shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. It is during times such as these that many of us wonder where God is in all of this. My friends, I’m no Theologian, so I’m certainly no expert on this, but from my perspective, I see more and more evidence of how fallen our world is, and I’m afraid that it is only going to get worse.
In the aftermath of all of the horror, instead of reflecting on how a person could fall so far that they would deliberately take human life, the media wonders why there is no gun control. Instead of turning to God and asking Him to prevent such things from happening in the future, we talk about mental health issues. I’m sorry, and maybe I’m naive, but from my perspective, we could throw all the money in the world at the mental health issues, and guns could never have been invented, and still things like this would be happening simply because our nation has turned it’s back on God, and He has turned us over to our depraved minds!
18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
24Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
26For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. ~ Romans 1:18-32 (ESV)
My friends, Romans 1:28-31 really does speak volumes about what is going on in today’s world. What is the answer? The answer is turning back to God — although, I am afraid that it may already be too late for us…
Now, please pray with us as we pray the prayer that Jesus taught His Disciples to pray:
Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever and ever. Amen.