Got a rebellious son or daughter who is far from God and living in sin? Believe me, there is hope!

ProdigalThere is hope for every godly parent who prays for a son or daughter who is far from God and living in sin!

I read a story in my Bible this morning that makes that point…

2 Chronicles 29 through 32 tells the story of a godly king and father (not perfect, but certainly godly)… Hezekiah. Here’s just a taste of what the Bible says about him in those chapters…

Hezekiah followed evil king Ahaz.

“Hezekiah began to reign when he was twenty-five years old… and he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord.” He repaired and cleansed the temple… He purged the nation from idolatry and restored the worship of Jehovah, the one true God. Under his reign the Passover was celebrated as it had not been for a very long time! He was a man of prayer and faith. The Bible records, “Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God. And every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God and in accordance with the law and the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart and prospered.”

But then there was Manasseh, Hezekiah’s son. This is what the Bible says about him (2 Chronicles 33)…

“He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord had driven out before the people of Israel… He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger… Manasseh led Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem astray, to do more evil than the nations whom the Lord destroyed before the people of Israel… 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…

“But when he was in distress, he entreated the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his father. 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…” He took away the foreign gods and the idol from the house of the Lord, and all the altars that he had built on the mountain of the house of the Lord and in Jerusalem, and he threw them outside of the city. He also restored the altar of the Lord and offered on it sacrifices of peace offering and of thanksgiving, and he commanded Judah to serve the Lord, the God of Israel!”

Listen, if the Lord can get through to Manasseh and save him, he can get through to anyone – including your son or daughter who is far from God, living in sin! Take heart, keep praying, and trust God! God has a thousand ways to get through to them when you can’t think of one!

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