Journal Entry by Warren Mortomore
S – Scripture 2 Chronicles 33:12-13 (NLT)
"But while in deep distress, Manasseh sought the Lord his God and cried out humbly to the God of his ancestors. And when he prayed, the Lord listened to him and was moved by his request for help. So the Lord let Manasseh return to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Manasseh had finally realized that the Lord alone is God!”
O – Observation
Manasseh was an evil King, (v2-5,7-9) he did so much evil that he aroused God’s anger.(v6) Even when the Lord spoke he refused to listen, he turned his people form listening and he ignored all of God’s warnings.(10) But then he came to his senses, whilst in captivity and deep distress, he cried out to the Lord – notice what happened – when he prayed, the Lord listened to him and was moved by his request for help.
What? No way is what I would be thinking.
But here’s the point – If God hears and answers the prayers of an evil King, will He not much more hear and answer your prayers, the prayers of His children?
A – Application
One of my favourite songs to sing along to when I hear it, is Armand Van Helden's "You don't At every stage of my life, in every stage of my day, God is waiting for me to call out to Him, to come to Him, not to hold back. He waits to hear my prayer, and be moved by my requests for help. What a God, What a Father!
P – Prayer
Lord, we come to you, we pray to you, not on the basis that we are not as evil as Manasseh, but on the basis that Jesus has made a way for us to boldly come before you, to obtain mercy and to find grace to help us in time (our time) of need.