Since the majority of this week's text is, in itself, a prayer; our opportunity to pray through the text is fairly straight forward. Try praying through this text three times from three different perspectives: First, pray through this text in your circumstances - whether you feel akin to Jonah or not. Second, pray through this text from the perspective of someone you know is in a troubling circumstance. And third, pray through this text from the perspective of Jesus as he begins his journey to the cross.
From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. 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.
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, Lord,
and 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.’ ”
About the Author
Isaac Gaff is the Managing Director of Worship and Creative Arts at Calvary UMC