This post is Day 9 in a series of studies about “Jonah”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.

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Jonah – Day 9

Jonah 2:1-2

From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God. He said: “In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry.”

The Thought

Jonah’s prayer from inside the fish started with recognition that God had already saved him from the sea. He talked of the prayer already answered, one not recorded for us. So we can suppose that was a prayer prayed quickly as he was thrown overboard or was desperately trying to swim in the raging waves.

Jonah was still a long way from where he wanted to be, or where he should be, a long way from what would be the end of this story. But still Jonah could praise God for His goodness in the past. Can you?

In Acts 16:25 we read of Paul and Silas in prison praising God. Many much more recent testimonies can be found on today’s modern media, of people who have found God in prison, or prayed and seen miracles while in some sort of confinement.

There are many across the world who are in different sorts of prisons; because of brutality, work situations, family circumstances, or hereditary curses.

It is often hard in the midst of our tribulations to praise God. But praise is a powerful tool for encouraging ourselves, and others. God is still God, and is still worthy of our praises whatever our short lived trials may be.

Action

Read the second chapter of Jonah which gives us the entire prayer that Jonah prayed.

Praise God today that He is always worthy of our praise. Praise Him for those times in the past when He has heard your cry and pulled you through.

Pray for His solution to any seemingly impossible situation you or someone you love might be facing at the moment. Acknowledge that Jesus is the only answer.


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