SUMMARY: Always possible
OVERVIEW: Despite Manasseh’s evil inclinations and disregard of God’s law, he humbled himself before God and worshipped and served him.
BIG IDEA: Never stop praying for someone to believe.
KEY VERSE: 2 Chronicles 33:12–13 (Manasseh described)
But while in deep distress, Manasseh sought the Lord his God and sincerely humbled himself before the God of his ancestors. And when he prayed, the Lord listened to him and was moved by his request. So the Lord brought Manasseh back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh finally realized that the Lord alone is God!
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
I am a God of love and compassion. My hand is ready to bless, my heart is prepared to forgive, and my arm will lift and empower all who call on my name. You are always welcome back—never think you have done too much evil. Ignore the lies of the enemy when he whispers or shouts that I no longer care for you. Those are lies! I will never stop loving you, and I am always ready to receive you.
But I won’t force my way upon you. If you or those you love want nothing to do with me, I will allow you to experience the consequences of evil. Yet, if you call on me, I will be there for you and all who humble themselves and choose me instead of the world. Never stop praying for those you love. Even the most hard-hearted person can change. It happened with Manasseh, and it can happen to anyone you meet who is far from me. Don’t stop believing, and don’t stop praying.
Think of a few people who are least likely to begin a relationship with God. Pray for them now. Acknowledge the power and compassion of God, and pray for their hearts to soften and to crave God’s love and forgiveness.