Fish, Part 9: What to Do When You’re Sinking
June 11, 2023 / Jonah 2:
Brian Behrends, Creative Pastor
17 Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
1 From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. 2 He said:
“In my distress I called to the Lord,
and he answered me.
From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,
and you listened to my cry.
3 You hurled me into the depths,
into the very heart of the seas,
and the currents swirled about me;
all your waves and breakers
swept over me.
4 I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight;
yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’
5 The engulfing waters threatened me,
the deep surrounded me;
seaweed was wrapped around my head.
6 To the roots of the mountains I sank down;
the earth beneath barred me in forever.
But you, Lord my God,
brought my life up from the pit.
7 “When my life was ebbing away,
I remembered you, Lord,
and my prayer rose to you,
to your holy temple.
8 “Those who cling to worthless idols
turn away from God’s love for them.
9 But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”
10 And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.
Question – Is this my ?
Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. –Jonah 1:17
From inside the fish Jonah prayed. –Jonah 2:1
- With passion
- With precision
- With persistence
“But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’” –Jonah 2:9
TOWDAH | An extension of the hand. Thanksgiving. A confession. A sacrifice of praise. Thanksgiving for things not yet received.
And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land. –Jonah 2:10
Small Group Questions
- Have you ever gotten in trouble because of something someone else did? Or maybe someone else got in trouble for something you did? Tell us about it!
- When’s the last time you prayed a truly desperate prayer? How was it different that your typical prayers?
- What’s a prayer in your life that you keep coming back to?
- What’s one way you can praise God in the middle of whatever storm you’re facing?
- How can we pray for you right now and throughout the week?