Jonah 2 (Listen)
2:1 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.
When my life was fainting away, I remembered the LORD, and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple. (Jonah 2:7)
From the belly of the great fish (note that the Bible does not say “whale” – we aren’t sure what kind of giant fish Jonah lives in for three days.) Jonah cries out to God and is saved (although probably really gross and smelly). Sometimes it takes us to be at low points in our lives before we turn to God and cry out to Him ourselves. What a great reminder here that God doesn’t give up on us; our prayers continue to reach Him no matter our circumstances.
What do you need to cry out to God for today? Do so in confidence that He is listening, He desires to receive your prayers, and that He still answers!