Jonah 2:1 - When You Feel Hopeless, Start with Prayer.
Jonah 2:1 (NIV) From inside the fish Jonah
prayed to the Lord his God.
Have you ever felt swallowed up by life?
Maybe you were surrounded by depression, conflict,
worry, or guilt - and you felt hopeless.
I hope youre not feeling that way
right now, but at some point you will. You might
lose a loved one, your job, or your health.
When youre faced with a hopeless
situation, think about what Jonah did.
After Jonah had run from Gods mission
for his life, God prepared a great fish to
swallow him up. As he sat in that great fish, Jonah
looked up to God.
In fact, the entire second chapter of
this book is Jonah praying while he sinks into
the ocean and gets swallowed by a giant fish.
Its a lesson to us that when were feeling
overwhelmed, we need to look up to God in prayer.
From the very first verse of the chapter,
you see Jonah turning to God: From inside the
fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God (Jonah
Some problems in life will never go away
unless we learn to look to God in prayer.
In Mark 9, some of Jesus followers had
been trying to drive a demon out of someone, but
they couldnt. They asked Jesus why.
Jesus responded: This kind can come
out only by prayer (Mark 9:29 NIV).
Some problems are so deeply rooted that
only persistent prayer will solve them. Its
not just about just a one-time prayer, either.
If you only care about something enough to pray
about it once, you dont really care about it.
If you truly want to see something happen in
your life, you will pray about it over and over.
God wants to see whether you want it
desperately enough to keep on praying! Hes more
interested in building your faith than he in answering
every little prayer.
If youre feeling hopeless today, look
up to God and keep praying. Never give up!
[Daily Devotional by Rick Warren:
If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred
LINKS WORTH CHECKING OUT
Most Important Decision in Life:
A Man without Equal by Bill Bright:
Seeking God Made Real:
Prayer Made Real:
Importance of Choice:
http://creationhealth.com/CREATION-Health/Choice [click on video]
Medical Seminar on Healthful Living by David
DeRose, MD, MPH:
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LINKS FOR BIBLE PROPHECY SEMINARS
Unlocking Bible Prophecies by Cami Oetman of
Adventist World Radio:
Hope Awakens by John Bradshaw of IIW:
The Last Day of Prophecy by Pastor Doug
Prophecies Decoded by Pastor Ron Clouzet: