Lesson 92

"Jonah's Prayer of Thanksgiving"

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Jonah prays inside the fish

1 Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish’s belly, 2 and said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. 3 For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me. 4  Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.
5  The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head. 6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O Lord my God.
7  When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. 8  They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. 9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.
10 And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.

Mathew 6: 5-13

Jesus teaches about prayer
5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Lesson No. 92 (Jonah:2)      "Jonah's Prayer of Thanksgiving"

Book of Jonah, Chapter 2                                                     04/08/2012

1)     What happened to Jonah and where was Jonah when he prayed?  (Hint verse 2)

2)     What was Jonah praying about?  He was praying from the fish belly, but what is he talking about in verses 3 through 6?

3)     What happened to Jonah in verse 7 that turned his thoughts toward the Lord?  Are we like that?  Swim until we sink, then pray?

4)     Where did Jonah send his prayers in verse 7?  Do we do that when we pray?

5)     Verse 8 reads like a proverb- how does this apply to the mess that Jonah was in, and to us?

6)     What is verse 9 all about?  What does God say about what he prefers- sacrifice or obedience?  What was Jonah thankful for?

7)     Jonah was giving a prayer to the Lord and was thanking God, but what was the sacrifice he was bringing to the alter?

8)     What was Jonah confident of?  (Hint- verse 9)

9)     So, was Jonah praying to God and asking him to be saved from the belly of the fish?  Was there anything in this prayer about being 'saved' from being a snack for the great fish the Lord prepared?

10) What does this tell us about our prayer life and what is important   when we pray to God?  Do we spend all our time asking God for things, or do we pray as Jesus taught?  (Mathew 6: 5-13)

11) What happened after Jonah prayed this prayer of thanksgiving?