“But now entreat God’s favour, that He may be gracious to us” (Malachi 1:9).
Beseeching is one kind of prayer; entreating God’s favour. Usually, mothers used to plead to their sons “Do not do this. I tell you my son, please do not do this. She differs from the father who resorts to beatings and words of anger. She will plead with love.
Most of the saints in the Scripture prayed beseechingly to God. Being aware that they could not put requests as a matter of right, they cried and pleaded with God for His help holding His feet.
Look at Jacob! He understood that the grace of God and His blessings are required to meet his elder brother Esau in peace. The Scripture says, “Jacob ….. in his strength struggled with God. Yes, he struggled with the Angel and prevailed; He wept and sought favour from Him” (Hosea 12:3, 4). God heard that pleading sympathised and blessed Jacob. Not only that. God brought about a big turnaround in his life. God named him as ‘Israel’ which gives the meaning ‘Divine Lord’.
When Moses guided the children of Israel to the wilderness, they committed a great sin and blunder. They made golden calves for the purpose of worshipping. They celebrated festivals to honour the Golden calf saying that it was that calf which had brought them out of the land of Egypt. On descending from the mountain, Moses who came to know the blunder committed by the children of Israel was unable to come to the presence of God rightfully. Do you know how he prayed? He made a beseeching prayer saying “Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, to whom you swore by your own self, and said to them ……” (Exodus 32:13).
There is a prayer of tenacity which is made catching hold of God’s promises. But when one makes God sad or commits something which makes God unhappy, he has to humble and entreat to God. David says,
I cried out to you, O Lord; and to the Lord I made supplication: You have turned for me my mourning into dancing (Psalms 30:8, 11). Asaph who was a singer said, “I cried out to God with my voice— To God with my voice; and He gave ear to me (Psalms 77:1)”
Look at the king Manasseh! He acted against God. On a day when he was perplexed, he looked at God, pleaded and humbled himself. Dear children of God, realise that you are not worthy of standing before God and so pray beseechingly to God.
To meditate: “He received his entreaty, heard his supplication and brought him back to Jerusalem into his kingdom” (II Chronicles 33:13).