“Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish’s belly.” Jonah 2:1
The Lord Jesus Christ told His disciples that when they prayed, they should go to their room, shut the door, and pray to their Father in secret. Jonah could not quite manage that; he was in a fish’s belly! But while the place of prayer was unique, the prayer itself could have been prayed anywhere on earth at any time.
When Jonah prayed, he was in a desperate situation. Physically he seemed lost in the belly of the fish. He felt as if the mountains were standing on top of him and the earth had closed and bolted its doors against him. He said, ‘Out of the belly of hell cried I. . . . I am cast out of thy sight’ (v. 2, 4). Unparalleled loneliness and despair must have gripped the prophet’s heart.
In this seemingly hopeless situation, Jonah prayed. He prayed at the best possible time, for when there are no props left, that is the time to look to God. He prayed in the best possible way, for he looked towards God’s holy temple, the place of sacrifice and reconciliation. In prayer, Jonah used the best possible arguments, for he kept quoting the Word of God, particularly the book of Psalms. And Jonah’s prayer was answered: verse 10 tells us that ‘the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.’
Whenever you find yourself in a hopeless position, when it seems that all is lost beyond hope of recovery, you must pray. The devil will tell you it is no time to pray; God’s Word shows you otherwise. Pray, quoting God’s Word to Him; pray in the best possible way, looking to the Saviour who died for sinners and made reconciliation for them at Calvary. ‘Men ought always to pray and not to faint.’ (Luke 18:1).
Quote: “The angel fetched Peter out of prison, but it was prayer that fetched the angel.” – Thomas Watson.
Daily devotions are from the book “Eagle’s Wings” published by the Free Presbyterian Church. © Free Presbyterian Church 1991- All Rights Reserved.