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Jonah 2:1-10 Jonah's Prayer I. JONAH’S PRAYER A. The Place Of Jonah’s Cry 1 Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish’s belly, B. The Person Of Jonah’s Cry 1 Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God (a) He is Aware of the Presence of God 1 Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish’s belly, (b) He Acknowledges the Providence of God 4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. (c) He Affirms the Purpose of God 8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. C. The Purpose Of Jonah’s Cry 2 - "I cried by reason of mine affliction." Jonah saw 1. The Source Of his affliction - Sin had brought him here. 2. Severity Of his affliction 3 For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me. 3. The Solution To his affliction "I cried" D. The Power Of Jonah’s Cry 2 and thou heardest my voice. Passion in His Prayer - "I cried" Precision in His Prayer - 5 The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head. Praise in His Prayer - 9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; Penitence in His Prayer - 9 I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.

II. JONAH’S PENITENCE A. Jonah Saw His Failure 4 - "Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. 1. He had taken God’s Purpose for granted. 4 - "Then I said" 2. God’s Patience for granted. 4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight 3. God’s Presence for granted. I am cast out of thy sight 4. God’s Provision for granted. yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. B. Jonah Saw His Frailty 6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever:yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.

Jonah prays in Distress. There is an old adage–”There are no atheists in foxholes”.

Jonah prays in Darkness. There is no light in the belly of a fish. Jonah prayed in Desperation. 7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.

C. Jonah Saw His Folly 8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy

"lying vanities?" 1. I can Forget God 2. I can Forsake God. 3. I can Forgo God.

III. JONAH’S PRAISE A. Jonah Seemed Anxious To Praise The Lord (9) - "But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD." B. Jonah Seemed Anxious To Pay His Vows - "I will pay that that I have vowed." C. Jonah Seemed Anxious To Preach The Gospel - "Salvation is of the Lord." 1. The Reach of the Message - Save from the guttermost

2. The Reality of the Message - Save even Jonah

3. The Riches of the Message - He could speak from experience. 4. The Relevance of the Message - the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.


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