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Jonah's Prayer

Most people miss the prayer Jonah prayed in the belly of the sea creature because their worldview won't let them get past the "whale."

I, on the other hand, find the God of Creation (an a priori belief) can intervene in anyway God chooses. So, I'm not hung up on the impossibility of the event and can move to the record of what happened while the running saint was in the sea creature. I invite you to join me there.

Phillip Yancey, in his book Prayer, talks about "prayer grammar." Like learning to speak, we can learn to pray by mimicking those who are more well-versed in the practice than we are. Jonah's prayer in a tight spot can give us some words to pray when we find ourselves in such a place.

You can read his prayer in Jonah 2:1-9. Let's learn to pray like Jonah by following this simple process:
Take a minute or two and read the prayer.
Read it a second time andfind words and pictures you can relate to his prayer. Read the prayer a third time and allow…