While reading Romans 1, I was reminded to pray for those who have strayed away from God. When Paul writes in Romans 1:21-23, “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.”
And later in Romans 1:25, “...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.”
We all stray from God in some manner of speaking, at different times in our lives. I know the times in my life I have strayed, I typically come crawling back on my knees admitting I’m not in control of everything. I, honestly, have no judgement or condemnation for those I prayed for that had strayed. I prayed God would bring them back. I prayed they would see His love and faithfulness, even in their darkest of days. I have empathy for them and their struggles.
But I also read in Romans 2:11, “God shows no partiality.” In every piece of my day I see where I stray from God to satisfy my flesh. I satisfy my flesh in fleeting moments but all the while knowing God does not want me to do what I did. The first two chapters of Romans are slapping the readers back and forth across the face. But chapter three starts to be a little nicer offer us some hope.