We’ve all been there. We’ve all made dumb mistakes, been rebellious and deliberately sinned. If we’ve all done that, then we’ve all felt the sting of sin, and Jonah certainly felt the misery of self-inflicted wounds. What do we do when we find ourselves in these situations that result from our rebellion? We cry out to God! This prayer is crafted from Jonah’s cry in the belly of the fish. Pray this prayer with me, then pass it on to a friend. If your in a jam, then pray it really hard.
Lord, thank You, that You hear me in my distress. When I am drowning in the circumstances of life, the challenges created by Your hands and the problems created by mine, in that moment, I can call on You and You will hear me. Lord help me to always remember You. I never want to forget You. I always want to give thanks to You even in the midst of my problems. I will keep my vows to You. Never let trouble cause my commitment to You to waiver, and if problems are created by my sin, then prompt me to quickly repent. I am Yours and You are mine.
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 deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry. You hurled me into the depths, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me. I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’ The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me;seaweed was wrapped around my head. To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, Lord my God, brought my life up from the pit. “When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple. “Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them. But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’” And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.
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