Jonah’s Prayer: I wrote this back in 2012; I shared with a women’s empowerment network that I belong to and I want to share with you! Enjoy..
(Posted by Tamara McCarthy on December 31, 2012 at 9:40pm)
What’s the story?
I had heard of the story of Jonah many times but I had never read it for myself; today I had that opportunity and was in awe the whole time. This story can bring some relief to many who meditate on it and can relate to many things that took place. The main point in this story is that you may be in over your head and it may seem like there is no end in sight but God is just one prayer away. Cry out to him and let him know you are in distress! We know that God sees and hears all but just like you and me having to feel like we are needed; God is the same way. He wants to hear your voice he wants to know that you need him and that you have finally realized you can’t do anything right without him.
Are you the problem and the solution?
Many times we asked ourselves “Why is this happening to me? Why can’t I get any help, doesn’t God know I am going through all this? Why is he being silent?”. I have had to asked myself the same question many times when faced with many problems and then I get my answer “why haven’t you done the things I told you to do? Why haven’t you listened to me? God is a loving and forgiving but he doesn’t talk to hear himself speak; he wants us to hear him and do as he says.
Parents: Can You Relate?
How many times have you said something to your child and they just turn their back on you and act as if they didn’t hear you? How many times have you told your child to not do something that you know is going to hurt them in the long run and they do it anyway; only to come to you after they learned the hard way that you were right and trying to protect them.
As the New Year Approaches:
As the New Year draws near and we leave the previous year behind us; cry out to Our Father and allow him to rescue you. Don’t try to go into the New Year on your own; give it all over to him; who as already shown you that without him you can do nothing. He has so much good in store for us all in these new season that is just hours away. I am happy to be going into a new season knowing that I have a Father that loves me unconditionally and no matter what I go through he is always there to rescue you and show me the right way to go! All I have to do is cry out and signal that I need help.
Jonah 2 (AMP): http://www.biblegateway.com
1 “Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the stomach of the fish, 2 and said,
I called out of my trouble and distress to the Lord,
And He answered me;
Out of the belly of Sheol I cried for help,
And You heard my voice.
For You cast me into the deep,
Into the [deep] heart of the seas,
And the currents surrounded and engulfed me;
All Your breakers and billowing waves passed over me.
Then I said, I have been cast out of Your sight.
Nevertheless I will look again toward Your holy temple.
The waters surrounded me, to the point of death.
The great deep engulfed me,
Seaweed was wrapped around my head.
I descended to the [very] roots of the mountains.
The earth with its bars closed behind me [bolting me in] forever,
Yet You have brought up my life from the pit (death), O Lord my God.
When my soul was fainting within me,
I remembered the Lord,
And my prayer came to You,
Into Your holy temple.
Those who regard and follow worthless idols
[a]Turn away from their [living source of] mercy and lovingkindness.
But [as for me], I will sacrifice to You
With the voice of thanksgiving;
I shall pay that which I have vowed.
Salvation is from the Lord!
So the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah up onto the dry land”.
Does this speak to you?
What is it saying?
Do you have some changes to make?
Write them down and start the process!
Until Next Time