God Is Moved By Our Entreaties

from Lynda Lindsey

And he (Manasseh, king of Judah) did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to the despicable practices of the nations whom the Lord drove out before the people of Israel. II Kings 21:2

The Lord spoke to Manasseh and to his people, but they paid no attention. Therefore the Lord brought upon them the commanders of the army of the king of Assyria, who captured Manasseh with hooks and bound him with chains of bronze and brought him to Babylon. II Chronicles 33:10-11

And when he was in distress, he entreated the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. He prayed to Him, and God was moved by his entreaty and heard his plea and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was God. II Chronicles 33:12-13

Manasseh, unlike his father Hezekiah, did evil in the Lord’s eyes, reversing most of the good Hezekiah achieved. Manasseh, possibly the most wicked of Judah's kings, embraced and committed despicable, revolting practices, including child sacrifice, passing his children through Molech’s fires. Manasseh defiled the temple by erecting pagan altars inside God’s holy place of habitation, erected altars to the Baals, made Asheroth poles, worshiped the stars, used fortune-telling, omens, sorcery, mediums and necromancers, all detestable practices forbidden by God.

God, provoked to anger, spoke to Manasseh, but to no avail. Manasseh was captured, bound with chains and hooks and taken captive to Babylon. There, with time to reflect, God’s words penetrated Hezekiah’s hard heart, “In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen… I will put My name forever, and I will no more remove the foot of Israel from the land that I appointed for your fathers, if only they will be careful to do all that I have commanded them…” Manasseh’s failure to obey God’s if only condition had severe consequences until finally, Manasseh, in great distress, did what was right. 

Manasseh humbled himself before the Lord and entreated the Lord’s favor. God, moved by Manasseh’s entreaty, heard his plea, brought him back to Jerusalem, and restored his kingdom; then Manasseh knew that the Lord was, and is God! God hears our cries, He sees the hardened heart soften in repentance, and He is moved by our sincere entreaties. God isn’t petty; there’s no trial waiting period before He receives us into His kingdom. As soon as we sincerely ask, He saves. He is a good God who only desires our good. Return to Him; be restored and know that the Lord is God!