1. Direct your prayer to the God you know.
2. Pray with a humble, repentant heart.
3. Pray with a heart of genuine faith.
4. Pray with a heart of thanksgiving.
5. Pray with commitment and resolve.
Questions for further thought or discussion:
- Why should Christians believe that the story of Jonah recounts an actual event?
- When Jonah was drowning in the sea, who did he cry out to? Why?
- What do you think Jonah understood to be true about God in the context of this prayer?
- What ingredients can we find in Jonah’s prayer and how can we implement them into our prayers?
Lord, teach me to pray in all circumstances with a heart filled with faith, humility, thanksgiving, and the resolve to follow you.
Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, 2 saying,
“I called out to the Lord, out of my distress,
and he answered me;
out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
and you heard my voice.
3 For you cast me into the deep,
into the heart of the seas,
and the flood surrounded me;
all your waves and your billows
passed over me.
4 Then I said, ‘I am driven away
from your sight;
yet I shall again look
upon your holy temple.’
5 The waters closed in over me to take my life;
the deep surrounded me;
weeds were wrapped about my head
6 at the roots of the mountains.
I went down to the land
whose bars closed upon me forever;
yet you brought up my life from the pit,
O Lord my God.
7 When my life was fainting away,
I remembered the Lord,
and my prayer came to you,
into your holy temple.
8 Those who pay regard to vain idols
forsake their hope of steadfast love.
9 But I with the voice of thanksgiving
will sacrifice to you;
what I have vowed I will pay.
Salvation belongs to the Lord!”
10 And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land.