18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world Godʼs invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32Although they know Godʼs righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. ~ Romans 1:18-32 (NIV)
My friends, welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post. Today I’m sharing with you some hard truths, truths that we as a people have set aside. The sad reality in today’s world is that, for the most part, we have turned aside from God, and He is giving us what we deserve. The words of Romans 1:18-32 are not limited to only non-believers. Christians and non-Christians are, unfortunately, both guilty. As for me, too often I spend time in gossip, too often I don’t show mercy towards a homeless person, too often I envy others for what they have.
However, with all of our condemnation stacked up against us, I do want to tell you that all is not lost. God has provided a way out for us, an answer to our sin, our depraved minds, our horrific acts. God sent His son Jesus to us so that we might believe and be saved. Look at these verses:
16For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of Godʼs one and only Son. 19This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. ~ John 3:16-21 (NIV)
As we stand in anticipation of the election on Tuesday, I have a simple question for you. Which of our politicians loves the darkness more than the light, and which ones love the light and live by the truth? It is my hope and prayer that our nation will pray for this election, and that this nation will ask God for their help in casting their ballot, and that the person that lives by the truth will appear victorious after all the dust has settled. I’m not in the business of telling you who to vote for; nor am I in the business of being told who I should vote for. That is a personal decision, and not one that I am going to reveal here, or on Facebook, or anywhere for that matter. The only counsel I seek and listen to on my vote is that of God, and that of my wife. I urge you to ask God to help you make your vote if you haven’t voted yet, and to give serious thought about which of the candidates lives by the truth, and which lives in the darkness.
Now, please continue reading and praying with and giving praise to our prayer requests and praises.
Prayer Requests and Praises
- Please pray for Don. He is my friend Stephanie’s dad, and he was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Please pray for God’s Healing touch upon him, and for Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Love to surround all of their family and friends. In Jesus name we pray!
- My friend Tanya has a prayer request: Brian’s sweet Grandma Betty went to be with the Lord today. Please pray for his family. She was the sweetest and most loving lady and I am so very grateful to have been blessed to know her and have her in my life and that of my children. What an example of love, family and service she was to us all. She will be dearly missed.
- Please give Praise to God for the wedding anniversary of Stephanie and Shane. They celebrate 4 years now, congratulations you two!
- Lastly, we lift up all of those that need God’s touch in their lives; those that are away from family, those that don’t know how to pray; those that feel unloved; those that feel left behind; and those that don’t know God.
Now, please pray with us as we pray the prayer that Jesus taught us 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 that trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever. Amen.