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Jonah's Prayer

Jonah's Prayer

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Most people know the story of the prophet Jonah, but if you do not, take time to it. Whether we ask for it or not, the Word of God warns us that the world will one day sink into a realm of spiritual darkness and a time of fear and terror (Luke 21:26). If you have surrendered your life to Christ and are in Him at that time, or in any dark time, with Christ within you can follow the precepts that are found in a portion of Jonah’s prayer, specifically what he prayed in Jonah 2:8-9. Read his prayer now. "And (Jonah) said, 'I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me. Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head. I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O Lord my God. When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.'"

Most people know the story of the prophet Jonah, but if you do not, take time to it. Whether we ask for it or not, the Word of God warns us that the world will one day sink into a realm of spiritual darkness and a time of fear and terror (Luke 21:26). If you have surrendered your life to Christ and are in Him at that time, or in any dark time, with Christ within you can follow the precepts that are found in a portion of Jonah’s prayer, specifically what he prayed in Jonah 2:8-9. Read his prayer now. "And (Jonah) said, 'I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me. Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head. I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O Lord my God. When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.'"

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Jonah's Prayer It was sure death for one Jewish man over 2,000 years ago. Most people know the storyof the prophet Jonah, but if you do not, take time to read the Holy Bible book namedJonah. It is only four chapters. You will see that he asked for the trouble he was in bydisobeying God.Whether we ask for it or not, the Word of God warns us that the world will one day sink into a realm of spiritual darkness and a time of fear and terror (Luke 21:26). If you havesurrendered your life to Christ and are in Him at that time, or in any dark time, withChrist within you can follow the precepts that are found in a portion of Jonah’s prayer,specifically what he prayed in Jonah 2:8-9. Read his prayer now. "And (Jonah) said, 'Icried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hellcried I, and thou heardest my voice. For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me. Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, theweeds were wrapped about my head. I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; theearth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life fromcorruption, O Lord my God. When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord:and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. They that observe lying vanitiesforsake their own mercy. But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; Iwill pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.'" (Jonah 2:2-9)“Those who regard worthless idols (Vanity) forsake their own mercy.”An idol (or vain thing) does not necessarily have to be something like a statue or a picture, but can be anything that we place before God and or takes away any amount of the devotion we should give God. According to Strong Exhaustive Concordance, in thisverse “regard” is in the form of a participle and means “to keep, pay heed.”
 
I would say paying heed could be taken in the sense of not only willingly paying attentionto something in the place of God, but unwillingly, in the sense of fear and terror. For example, when Peter, at the bidding of Christ, began to walk on choppy waters he didwell until he regarded the wind and the ways. So, when he took his eyes off of Christ he began to sink (Matthew 14:22-33).As the world spirals downward into a spiritual abyss there will be a lot of temptation tofocus upon the negative and not upon God. I did that before coming to Christ. I canhonestly say that now I have a peace that only Christ can give. I and others know how itis going to turn out. All of us must keep our eyes upon Christ.Anyone, including those who name the Name of Christ, who focuses upon anything,including terror and fear, in the place of God forsakes His mercy. I totally expect thatthose of us who trust in Him will be redeemed from this world by His mercy.With that, we should determine to do a number of things.II. Determine To …(v. 9)A. Forsake self – “But I will sacrifice…”We must be willing to be so dedicated to Christ that we say “no” to the wants and wishesof our soul and body that will long after the things of the world as we near the end of theGentile Age. We must remember what Christ said about self-preservation (Luke 17:33):“Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.”Self-sacrificing does not earn us salvation, but it does spiritually strengthen us.B. Focus on God - “…to You.”God through Christ must be the focus of our lives at all times, whether we are in good or  bad times.C. Thank God – “With the voice of thanksgiving…”Despite how bad things get, there is always something to thank God for. While it is goodto have a thankful heart, we should vocally express that thankfulness to Him. If you havesurrendered your life to Christ, never forget to thank God for saving you!D. Work For God - “…I will pay what I have vowed.”We all have something to do in God and for God through Christ. It bothers me when Ihear and notice that some Christian ministers retire and while doing so diminish their ministerial activity or completely eliminate it. Some things we can always keep on doingis worshiping God, intercessory praying, teaching the precepts of the Word of God toothers, and telling the lost about Christ.

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