twenty-one/prayers • DAY 7

Jonah’s Prayer

1 Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from inside the fish. 2 He said,

“I cried out to the LORD in my great trouble,
and he answered me.
I called to you from the land of the dead,
and LORD, you heard me!
3 You threw me into the ocean depths,
and I sank down to the heart of the sea.
The mighty waters engulfed me;
I was buried beneath your wild and stormy waves.
4 Then I said, ‘O LORD, you have driven me from your presence.
Yet I will look once more toward your holy Temple.’

5 “I sank beneath the waves,
and the waters closed over me.
Seaweed wrapped itself around my head.
6 I sank down to the very roots of the mountains.
I was imprisoned in the earth,
whose gates lock shut forever.
But you, O LORD my God,
snatched me from the jaws of death!
7 As my life was slipping away,
I remembered the LORD.
And my earnest prayer went out to you
in your holy Temple.
8 Those who worship false gods
turn their backs on all God’s mercies.
9 But I will offer sacrifices to you with songs of praise,
and I will fulfill all my vows.
For my salvation comes from the LORD alone.”

10 Then the LORD ordered the fish to spit Jonah out onto the beach.  Jonah 2:1-10 (NLT)

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  • Steffie

    Thank you for reminding us that no matter the troubles we face that God will not abandon us.  All we need to do is cry out to Him and He will answer.  It is so reassuring to see evidence of this time and again throughout scripture.  It is what gives us hope.

  • Anita

    Verse 7 is so great!  I just pray for all of us right now that if our lives should slip in any way, that our first response would be to remember the Lord and to pray to Him earnestly!  It is so amazing that the Lord alone can save us, but it is even more amazing that He wants to do it.  Thank you, Jesus, for desireing to save your people when we slip.