Prayers From the Belly of a Fish

Jonah Chapter 2 says: From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God. He said: In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry. You hurled me into the deep, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me. I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’ The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you brought my life up from the pit, O LORD my God. When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, LORD, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple. Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs. But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the LORD.
Jonah, who hoped God couldn’t see him on land, now realizes God can see him in the depth of the seas. He realizes that the gentiles need to know about this great God. This is one of the most positive parts of the book of Jonah. It’s interesting how Jonah prays. What does Jonah ask for? Nothing! What does this prayer include? Thanks for salvation from the sea. Jonah finally realizes he’s in God’s hands. Interestingly, chapters 1 and 2 both end with sacrifices and vows. In chapter one it’s the gentile sailors. In chapter two it’s the rebellious prophet. Even in the midst of the chaos, God is at work. Whether you are in the storms on the ocean or in the proverbial belly of the fish, take time to pray to God. Thank him for his salvation and rest in the knowledge that you belong to him.