Praying from the Pits (Jonah 2:1-10)

WW2015-wk26“I would rather lose in a cause that will someday win, than win in a cause that will someday lose.” ~Woodrow Wilson

Where do you go to meet God when you need to pray? Where is that very special place where you can go anytime to speak to the Creator of the Universe? We all have that place or location where we like to go when we have to talk to God. That’s not saying that you cannot talk to Him anywhere, but for most, there is that place where we can have an “all access, no interruptions” talk with God. For me, I prefer to take a walk at my local park. The park offers a small trail that goes into a small patch of forest. There, I can walk with God hand-in-hand without any distractions. So, that brings me back to my original question, where do you go to speak with God?

As we look at the second chapter of Jonah, I want you to ponder the “where”.  For Jonah, that question was rather an easy one. Jonah enjoyed direct revelation from God and was open to communicate with Him wherever he wanted to. That is until Jonah chose to flee from God and turn his back to Him. Now Jonah finds himself in a very unique place where he has no control of any of the circumstances. This is exactly where God wants Jonah, and us, for that matter. God wants us to get to a place where we are truly reliant on Him, rather than our own flesh. The apostle Paul gives us a great reminder in Romans 8:12 that we are no longer under obligation to live under the flesh, rather to the Spirit of God! This is how Jonah ended up in the belly of that great fish, because he was living under his own flesh in a state of fleeing rather than following.

What Jonah learned while in the belly of that great fish was that God never took His hand off of Jonah, nor does he ever take His hand off of you, His child! God allows us to go through trials of all kinds but this is for His purpose, and His glory, not ours.  But know that as you go through these trials of many kinds that God will always be just a prayer away. Jonah found that God listened to his prayers, He heard everyone of them. There are times when we get to what seems like the depths of a trial or a struggle and we simply think that God has given up on us. We could not be more wrong! God is always there and always wants you to give all your worries and troubles up to Him.

Jonah gives us a great reminder in verse eight that we need to be so ever focused on what we are clinging to today. Are you clinging to God when troubles come your way? Or are you clinging to the flesh and things that cannot save you or bring you TRUE hope? Only in Christ can your hope and salvation be made whole. Only in Christ can you find calming in the midst of your storm!  He’s waiting on your next conversation.

This week’s devotional was written by JR Rouse. His heart is in the pastorate and is attending Capital Seminary and Graduate School to pursue a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Studies.

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