I love the story of Jonah because I see me in the story sometimes. I know that Jonah wasn’t this stellar, model prophet. He is actually known for running from the Lord’s call. I found it interesting reading his prayer from inside the big fish. I assume that he wrote this after the experience and not in the middle of it. His prayer was “spot-on” considering his situation. Check this out…1 While Jonah was inside the fish, he prayed to the Lord his God and said, 2 “When I was in danger, I called to the Lord, and he answered me. I was about to die, so I cried to you, and you heard my voice. 7 “When my life had almost gone, I remembered the Lord. I prayed to you, and you heard my prayers in your Holy Temple. 8 “People who worship useless idols give up their loyalty to you. 9 But I will praise and thank you while I give sacrifices to you, and I will keep my promises to you. Salvation comes from the Lord!” 10 Then the Lord spoke to the fish, and the fish threw up Jonah onto the dry land. (Jonah 2:1-2, 7-10 NCV)
Sometimes my most desperate situations call for the most desperate and honest prayers. I have “been there and done that”! I think that some of my deepest convictions of my faith were formed in desperate times because I felt the presence of the Lord near me ministering to me. I can’t describe it very well with words, but I KNOW of His presence. He is as real as the computer I’m typing on. He transcends all that I see and know. I think that it’s incredible that I can talk to Him at any time. I can get His advise and His wisdom in a moment’s notice.
I don’t pray desperate prayers as often because I pray more often. I feel His Presence starting at the beginning of the day and all throughout the day. I want this daily journey with Him to continue every day of my life.Pressing On! Dwayne