Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn't worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.
Lord, this is the state of so many people in our world. It makes me so sad! So many simply refuse to believe the overwhelming evidence that surrounds them. They prefer to believe a lie.
So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other's bodies. They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshipped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.
Now we are dealing with a culture that seems to have been abandoned by you to do whatever shameful things their hearts desire. The leading law of our land has even declared these vile and degrading things to be legal.
Lord, you know that homosexuality is not the only sin that our culture is burdened with. All kinds of sexual sin is rampant; adultery, living together while unmarried, one-night stands and everything in between. And that is just the tip of the iceberg.
Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy.
Lord, these people don't need our judgement, they need YOUR love.
Oh, Lord Jesus! We desperately need revival! Please wake up those of us who still worship you as God and get us busy praying. Lord, there are hoards of people running headlong into an eternity of torment in hell. We can not afford to be complacent.
Lord, please send us to those who are ready to hear the gospel and submit their lives to you. Please bring others to that place of readiness. Prepare your fields for harvest and send us out!