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#1,173 – Save Us from Dishonorable Passions (Romans 1:18–32)

Pray The Word
Romans
1
18-32
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For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For 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. For 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. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and 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. And 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. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though 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

Want to do something a little different on this episode of Pray the Word. I want to pray through a long passage of scripture, Romans 1:18-32. We’re just going to jump right in and start to pray according to it and as we pray, to take our place as intercessors, praying, pleading for God’s grace in our lives, repenting of sin in our lives, and praying and pleading for God’s grace in the culture and country around us.

Rather than being overcome by sinful desires, we should seek salvation from them.

Romans 1:18 says the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who by their unrighteousness, suppress the truth. God, we pray that truth would reign in our country and that you would save us from ungodliness and unrighteousness.

For what can be known about God is plain to them because God has shown it to them, for his invisible attributes, namely his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived ever since the creation of the world and the things that have been made, so they are without excuse. God, help us to see you in your glory. All across our country, God, we pray for open eyes, to see who you are and your greatness and your goodness. God deliver us, we pray from godlessness, from secular thinking and living, that assumes you are not sovereign and good, and all powerful and all wise, and our Supreme judge. God, we pray. God, we pray for an increased God’s centeredness in our country.

For although they knew God, Romans 1:21, it says, for although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him. But they became futile and their thinking and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. God, save us from foolishness, we pray. Save us from idolatry, we pray. Help us not to exalt anyone, anything above you. Help us to exalt you, we pray. Deliver us from thinking we are wise when we are fools, becoming futile in our thinking with foolish hearts, darken by idolatries. Please save us from idolatry.

Verse 24. Therefore, God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth of God, for a lie and worshiped and served, created and worshiped and served the creature rather than the creator who is blessed forever. Amen. God, we pray, save us from the lust of our hearts and impurity. From the dishonoring of our bodies among ourselves. God, help us not to exchange truth for lies about who you are and lies about what is best. God, please save us from ourselves.

Verse 26. For this reason, God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations, for those that are contrary to nature. And 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 that due penalty for their error. God, we pray that you would save us from dishonorable passions. God save us from distorting your design for us as men and women. Your design for marriage between a man and a woman. God, please, please, please save us from dishonorable passions.

Verse 28. And 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. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. Oh God, save us from all these things. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They’re full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They’re gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish faithless, heartless, ruthless. That 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.

God, we pray that you would save us from ourselves in all these ways. Please save us from a debased mind, that not only does what ought not to be done, but gives approval to it and delights in it. God, we need your mercy. God, we ask for your mercy. We plead for your mercy in our lives. We plead for your mercy in our families. We plead for your mercy as your church. We plead for your mercy in our country. Bring us to repentance, we pray. Bring us individually to repentance. Corporately to repentance. Save us from ourselves. Oh God, we pray, in light of your clear warnings in Romans 1:18–32. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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David Platt serves as pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and chairman of Radical. He is the author of several books, including Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, Counter Culture, and Something Needs to Change.
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