Today I was walking to my dorm room, just like on any other day. I put my key in the door and walked inside. I immediately noticed something odd. The smell was different. The set up was different. There was stuff in there that didn’t belong to me. Then it hit me—I walked into room 322 instead of 222. I quickly turned around and walked out, and then down the stairs to 2nd floor where my room actually was.
Repentance is turning around and going in the opposite direction. It’s an “about face.” I “repented” of walking into a room that wasn’t mine.
King Manasseh has the title of “Most Evil King of Judah.” He deserved the title, and he probably enjoyed it too, until he was captured by the army of Assyria. Then reality struck home. He had time to forget about his power and think about his actions. He remembered his father Hezekiah, still revered even today for his dedication to God. Chained to a wall in a dark, depressing prison, Manasseh began to think about where his actions had led him. It was there that he uttered a brave prayer to God—a prayer asking God for forgiveness.
Now you have to realize that Manasseh was incredibly evil! Just read 2 Chronicles 33 and you’ll understand why! King Manasseh “worshiped all the host of heaven” (verse 3), “he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord” (verse 5), “he made his son pass through fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom, practiced soothsaying and augury and sorcery, and dealt with mediums and with wizards” (verse 6). And now Manasseh, who had virtually slapped God in the face and cursed Him before the entire country, was bold enough to ask God for forgiveness?
Yes. And you ought to be also. See, God doesn’t really care about your past. Just look at what He did for Manasseh:
[Manasseh] prayed to Him, and God received his entreaty, heard his plea, and restored him again to Jerusalem and to his kingdom.
2 Chronicles 33:13
God didn’t just forgive Manasseh. He restored him to his previous position and gave him another chance! Obviously, this change didn’t happen because of any work Manasseh did. Rather, God worked through Manasseh to perform a complete turn-around—repentance. And He will do the same for you! Why don’t you ask Him to forgive you and change you today? He never says no!
-Timmy Baze 😀
I was blessed today by reading The Prayer of Manasseh. It’s an apocryphal work claiming to be the prayer that Manasseh prayed to God from jail. Whether or not Manasseh actually wrote it, I know you’ll be blessed by reading it. Click here!