TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
Scripture: 2 Chronicles 33:9-13
Perhaps one of the most abominable kings in the Old Testament was Manasseh. His sin is well noted in Scripture. In 2 Chronicles 33:9-13 we are told, “So Manasseh seduced Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do more evil than the nations whom the Lord had destroyed before the children of Israel. And the Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they would not listen. Therefore the Lord brought upon them the captains of the army of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh with hooks, bound him with bronze fetters, and carried him off to Babylon. Now when he was in affliction, he implored the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, and prayed to Him; and He received his entreaty, heard his supplication, and brought him back to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was God.” Verse 12 is very interesting in declaring what changed Manasseh’s heart, “Now when he was in affliction, he implored the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly…” And God brought Manasseh back to Jerusalem. And it says that when the Lord brought him back into his kingdom, Manasseh knew that the Lord was God. We have presidents, senators, judges and representatives that need to know that the Lord is God because of His afflicting Hand. No fear of God in the land is the fruit of the church not stepping into the authority that Jesus bought and paid for. We should be loving our judges and senators and presidents – with all the affliction that the Spirit leads us to in prayer. When the wicked deeds they execute in the land begin to threaten a harvest, the Spirit will not hesitate to lead us into that place. But we can only walk there if we have prepared ourselves to stand in the fire we need to call down. When we are released to pray on them what they are weighing to the nation, I suspect we will see some Manassehs that return to the Lord. The reason our politicians blatantly defy God is because our pastors blatantly defy God! Unsanctified “turn-the-other-cheek” love has neutered the church! It is time to pray Holy Spirit initiated affliction on wayward politicians! God is ready, are we?