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Jonah's prayer

In my study of Jonah I find him such an interesting character. He is very God focused but at the same time just a simple man with his weaknesses.

As I looked at him closely, several prompts came to mind that are worth reflecting on through my own perspective. I hope you can do this with me.

·        What is my Jonah moment?

·        Do I run away when I hear God's voice calling?

·        Do I disobey God? If so, why? am I trapped in my own circle of life? has fear got the best of me? Am I too stubborn and rebellious to even give God the time He deserves?

·        Who do I turn to when I need help?

If the above is you, I’d ask you to reflect on this encouraging prayer from Jonah today, it might just be what you need.

Jonah 2:2-9

When I was in trouble, LORD, I prayed to you, and you listened to me. From deep in the world of the dead, I begged for your help, and you answered my prayer. You threw me down to the bottom of the sea.
The water was churning all around; I was completely covered by your mighty waves. I thought I was swept away from your sight, never again to see your holy temple. I was almost drowned by the swirling waters that surrounded me. Seaweed had wrapped around my head. I had sunk down below the underwater mountains; I knew that for ever, I would be a prisoner there. But, you, LORD God, rescued me from that pit. When my life was slipping away, I remembered you— and in your holy temple you heard my prayer. All who worship worthless idols turn from the God who offers them mercy. But with shouts of praise, I will offer a sacrifice to you, my LORD. I will keep my promise, because you are the one with power to save.


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