Praying from the Belly

June 4, 2021
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June 4, 2021 UCC User

Praying from the Belly

From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. He said:“In my distress I called to the Lordand he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry. 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. I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’ The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. 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. “When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lordand my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple. “Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them. 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.

Sermon Points

I. A Prayer of Thanks From An Unexpected Place

II. A Prayer for Praise from the Depths of Judgment

III. A Prayer of Resolve from a Flawed Prophet