My Bible reading has taken me to the book of Jonah. This book recounts Jonah’s experience of disobeying God, being swallowed by a big fish and being spat out. And is one of the accounts in the bible that is retold and retold time and again to children.
It is a dramatic story, full of miracles , trauma and exciting events, so no wonder really. What child doesn’t want to read about someone being swallowed by a fish – a fish so big to fit a man inside – possibly or most probably a whale, awesome!
In the midst of this amazing story, Jonah calls out to God and Jonah chapter 2 records Jonah’s incredibly beautiful prayer. This is a prayer of Thanksgiving because Jonah was somewhat grateful to God that he didn’t end up drowning when he was thrown into the sea! Jonah was delivered from death in a most spectacular way and Jonah, understandably, was overwhelmed. We know that God heard Jonah’s Prayer even from inside the fish which means we know God hears our prays wherever we are; any time and any place and in any situation we find ourselves. Our sins and our predicaments are never too difficult for God. As Jesus said in Luke 18:27:
Jesus replied “What is impossible with man is possible with God”
And in Matthew 19:26:
Jesus looked at them and said “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”
I recommend reading Jonah’s Prayer in Jonah 2, it is inspirational for our own prayers of Thanksgiving and praise to our amazing and awesome God as Jonah says at the end of his prayer:
But I, with shouts of grateful praise will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord’
Deep stuff from the book of Jonah. Deep stuff from the Deep!