Manasseh’s prayer of repentance was a remarkable. So was God’s response.
2Ch 33:9-13 So Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to err, and to do worse than the heathen, whom the LORD had destroyed before the children of Israel. (10) And the LORD spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken. (11) Wherefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon. (12) And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, (13) And prayed unto him: and he was intreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD he was God.
King Manasseh was a rat. He led God’s people into idol worship and sin. God, through His prophets, warned the king and his people to repent. Because they refused, God allowed the Assyrian armies to defeat the people of Judah and carry them off into captivity. The Jews suffered greatly for their wicked rebellion against God. Manasseh lost his freedom and his kingdom.
In the midst of his captivity and suffering, Manasseh sought the Lord. He humbled himself before God and prayed. God heard and answered Manasseh’s prayer . Manasseh was able to return to his homeland and reign as king once more. When you consider how wicked Manasseh was and how much harm he did to God’s people and God’s honor, it’s a miracle that God answered his prayer. This is an impressive example of the biblical principle:
Jam 4:8-10 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. (9) Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. (10) Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
What About You?
- Have you rebelled against God?
- Are you suffering because of your rebellion?
- Will you humble yourself before God and sincerely repent so that God can restore you?