READ JONAH TWO
Today, we’re going to finish looking at Jonah’s prayer from the belly of the fish. We’re going to focus our study on his prayer in verses 7 through 9.
Read the following verses and note which part of Jonah’s prayer they are related to?
*fun fact: These are cross-references. In your Bible, you’ll often see little letters next to parts of verses. If you look at the corresponding letters in the margin or foot of your Bible, you’ll see references listed there where the same word or concept is used elsewhere in Scripture.
2 Chronicles 30:27
In your own words, summarize the progression of Jonah’s prayer in these verses.
Jonah’s prayer has an upward arc to it. His words begin low in the depths of despair (and in the depths of the ocean) and they end in words of praise. Jonah’s prayer has come full circle and results in glorifying God for His character and activity in the world.
Re-read verse 9. What do you think Jonah vowed to God?
Though we are not told, I’m confident that Jonah vowed to obey God and go to Nineveh. Jonah has walked a long road of disobedience and rebellion, but here, in the belly of a fish and at the end of his prayer, he promises to keep his vows to the Lord.
Are there any vows you have made to the Lord that you have neglected to keep?
Are there any areas of ongoing disobedience in your heart and life that you need to confess to the Lord?
PRAY & REFLECT
Thank God that He always hears our prayers! Thank Him that when we confess our sin to Him, because of Christ He is quick to forgive. End your time in prayer – like Jonah’s – praising God for His character and activity in the world.