Prayer Focus: The Spiral of Unbelief

People need to be made aware of their own foolishness.

“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.” (Romans 1:22-23 ESV)

There is a downward spiral in unbelief.

Paul describes it vividly. God made himself known to everyone through creation. In response, people suppress the truth and refuse to honor him. Their thinking is futile. Their foolish hearts grow darkened.

To add insult to injury, they exchange the glory of the immortal God to make idols of mere men and animals. By doing this, they become fools. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie (1:25). This is why God is angry (1:18).

But the spiral continues. God answers their foolishness in the remaining verses of chapter one. He gives them up to impurity (1:24), dishonorable passions (1:26), a debased mind (1:28). They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness (1:29).

But  God.

But God shows his love for us in that  while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 5:8). He died for them too. They need to hear this.

This week, let’s pray:

Lord, the people of the world continue to spiral away from you. But yet, you loved them enough to send Christ. Help me to love people the way you love them.

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Bobby Hile

Bobby Hile was ABWE’s Director of Long-Term Mobilization. Prior to that, he served for 9 years as a senior pastor in Ohio and for almost 20 years with ABWE as a missionary in South Africa.