The prayer of Manasseh

The sermon was about king Manasseh (2Chr 33), the most evil king in Judah, who shed much innocent blood in Jerusalem, was involved in witchcraft and gross idolatry. He was captured and sent to Babylon, carried like an animal, naked, with a hook in his nose. Against all odds, he repented in his prison cell and God showed mercy to him. He eventually returned to his throne in Jerusalem and proved his true repentance by good deeds honoring God.
The anointing was strong enough for us to go ahead and pray for a murderer and his family. We prayed for the young man Michael Adebolajo, an English man of Nigerian descent. Last week he killed a British soldier in London. He was brought up in a Christian home, his parents are committed Christians (I read in the news). He left his Christian heritage and became a radicalized Muslim. In Hebrew, his name ‘Michael’ means ‘who is like God?’ His wicked and senseless act of murder will surely be punished with a life imprisonment. He will have enough time to reflect on his life. We prayed that just like king Manasseh, he will make peace with God before he dies. For God’s grace is sufficient and nothing is impossible with Him!
Then we read the following prayer:

This is a prayer found in some ancient Jewish writings)
“Thou who hast made heaven and earth with all their order; who has shackled the sea by thy word of command, who has confined the deep and sealed it with Thy terrible and glorious name…
At whom all things shudder, and tremble before Thy power, for Thy glorious splendor cannot be borne and the wrath of Thy threat to sinners is irresistible…
Yet immeasurable and unsearchable is Thy promised mercy, for Thou art the Lord Most High, of great compassion, long-suffering, and very merciful, and repents over the evils of men….
Thou, O Lord, according to Thy great goodness have promised repentance and forgiveness to those who have sinned against Thee; and in the multitude of Thy mercies Thou hast appointed repentance for sinners, that they may be saved…
Therefore Thou, O Lord, God of the righteous, hast not appointed repentance for the righteous, for Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, who did not sin against Thee, but thou hast appointed repentance for me, who am a sinner.
For the sins I have committed are more in number than the sand of the sea; my transgressions are multiplied, O Lord, they are multiplied!
I am unworthy to look up and see the height of heaven because of the multitude of my iniquities.
I am weighted down with many an iron fetter, so that I am rejected because of my sins, and I have no relief; for I have provoked Thy wrath and have done what is evil in Thy sight, setting up abominations and multiplying offenses.
And now I bend the knee of my heart, beseeching Thee for Thy kindness.
I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned, and I know my transgressions.
I earnestly beseech Thee, forgive me, O Lord, and forgive me!
Do not destroy me with my transgressions!
Do not be angry with me forever or layup evil for me…
Do not condemn me to the depths of the earth…
For thou, O Lord, art the God of those who repent, and in me Thou wilt manifest Thy goodness; for, unworthy as I am, Thou wilt save me in Thy great mercy, and I will praise Thee continually all the days of my life.
For all the host of heaven sings Thy praise and Thine is the glory forever.

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