The Godless Ones

There Is No God

Lord Jesus,

I pray for the salvation of the godless ones. I pray that you would continue to reveal your invisible qualities, your eternal power, and your divine nature to every godless person. May you open their eyes to help them to see and understand what you have created, so that they are truly without any excuse.

Up until this time, they have had no desire to know you, nor glorify you as God, nor give thanks for what you have done. Consequently, you have allowed their thinking to become futile and their foolish hearts to be darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they have become fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

As a result of their disobedience, you have given them over to the sinful desires of their own hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

You have also released them to their own shameful lusts. Even their women have exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men have abandoned natural relations with women and are inflamed with lust for one another. Men have committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

Furthermore, they have not considered it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so you have given them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They 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, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s 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.

Lord Jesus, you have prepared the way for everyone to experience God’s love and His forgiveness. You have taken the wrath of sinful humanity upon yourself at the cross. I pray that the Holy Spirit will convict the godless ones of their own sin, and of their need of you, as Lord and Savior. Thank you for revealing the Father’s love to us, at such a great cost, and for restoring us back to a loving relationship with Him.

Amen.

(prayer modified from Romans 1: 20-32)

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