Jonah’s Prayer

Sermon Notes:


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:

  1. Why should Christians believe that the story of Jonah recounts an actual event?
  2. When Jonah was drowning in the sea, who did he cry out to?  Why?
  3. What do you think Jonah understood to be true about God in the context of this prayer?
  4. What ingredients can we find in Jonah’s prayer and how can we implement them into our prayers?



Personal Commitment

Lord, teach me to pray in all circumstances with a heart filled with faith, humility, thanksgiving, and the resolve to follow you.



Jonah 2  

Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, 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.
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.
Then I said, ‘I am driven away
    from your sight;
yet I shall again look
    upon your holy temple.’
The waters closed in over me to take my life;
    the deep surrounded me;
weeds were wrapped about my head
    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.
When my life was fainting away,
    I remembered the Lord,
and my prayer came to you,
    into your holy temple.
Those who pay regard to vain idols
    forsake their hope of steadfast love.
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.