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Summary: A look at how we need to be praying sometimes for God to put a 'whuppin" on someone.

HOW TO PRAY FOR SOMEONE DEEP IN SIN: it’s ok to pray for God to “whup” someone.

- Jonah 1:17-2:1.

- Verse 17a – The Lord prepared the trial and rebuke.

- Verse 17b – Jonah still did not immediately repent.

- Verse 1 – Three days later, Jonah finally prays.

- There are times when harsh prayers are needed, not out of meanness but out of a desire to see change.

- Sometimes only sustained discipline will change a mind.

- Why are we so stubborn sometimes? Why are we willing to let things go so far?

a. I want Jesus as Savior, but chafe at Him as Lord.

b. I don’t like where He’s leading (Jonah 4:2-3).

- God’s primary interest is not our short-term comfort but our long-term obedience.

- Sadly, some of us are so stubborn that we give in to God’s will only as a last resort.

a. C.S. Lewis described himself as "the most dejected and reluctant convert in all of England."

b. My reluctance to become a pastor.

- One big issue here is trust: do I trust His leading?

- Another big issue here is stubbornness: do I want what I want?


1. It sounds harsh, but Paul sometimes prayed to hand someone over to Satan.

- 1 Corinthians 5:5; 1 Timothy 1:20.

- 2 Corinthians 13:2, 10; Titus 3:10.

- Look up: 1 Corinthians 5:5.

- Other phrases that we might use in our prayers:

a. “Make him miserable.”

b. “Get his attention.”

c. “Let the consequences hit him and wake him up.”

d. “Withdraw Your protection.”

e. “Open his eyes.”

f. “Break him.”

- Pray for God to get their attention.

- Story: “You can’t know the desire of your heart until you know the heart of your desire.”

- It’s important to know what we’re ultimately praying for and understanding that sometimes a step or two “backward” can be positioning for God moving.

2. The goal of such prayers is repentance, not condemnation.

- 2 Corinthians 13:10; Galatians 2:11, 14; Galatians 6:1; 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15.

- Look up: 2 Corinthians 13:10.

THE FIRST STEP: To pray like this, we need to see more clearly how destruction sin is and how important our lives are.

- Romans 6:23; 2 Corinthians 5:20.

- All of this may strike some of you as overkill. Isn’t that a little too harsh a response to someone sinning? Two things that we need to understand to grasp why Paul acts like that:

a. How destruction sin is.

- We tend to wink at sin or pretend like it’s not anything especially consequential.

- In truth, Romans says that sin is death (Romans 6:23).

b. How important our lives are.

- We don’t treat our lives with the importance that we should. We are Christ’s ambassadors and our poor witness not only hurts our lives but also turns people away from God.

- We matter to the Kingdom of God. God is not going to ignore our sinful direction.

- 2 Corinthians 5:20.

A “FISH" TRUTH: God puts as much planning into breaking as He does blessing.

- Jonah 1:17.

- When you think arranging for a whale to swallow Jonah, that’s a big thing. Now, of course, in the sight of God it was not particularly difficult, but it did take coordination.

- God puts as much planning into breaking as He does blessing.

- There is the non-Christian who doesn’t think about God until things go wrong.

- There is the Christian who is too stubborn to obey so God lets things go wrong.

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