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The prayer of Jonah - in the fish

The prayer of Jonah - in the fish

Be blessed by Jonah's prayer. Praise our great God! Often it is only through loss and deliverance that God gets the glory.

Jonah 2:Jonah's Prayer

1 Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the belly of the fish,

2 saying, "I called out to the LORD, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice.

3 For you cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the flood surrounded me; all your waves and your billows passed over me.

4 Then I said, 'I am driven away from your sight; yet I shall again look upon your holy temple.'

5 The waters closed in over me to take my life; the deep surrounded me; weeds were wrapped about my head

6 at the roots of the mountains. I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me forever; yet you brought up my life from the pit, O LORD my God.

7 When my life was fainting away, I remembered the LORD, and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple.

8 Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love.

9 But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the LORD!"

10 And the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land.

Things to think about…

1.Often we need to be placed in a situation where we are totally dependent upon God so that we are left with nothing else in order to cry out to Him. That's what happened with Jonah, Jon 2:2. It says He heard him. When did God hear you in a time of distress?

2.Didn't Jonah's mariner friends throw him into the deep? But Jon 2:3 says that the Lord did it. Who do you attribute times of trial and suffering to? How do you discern whether it is sin, the devil or the Lord? As God is ultimately in sovereign control, how should this affect your attitude to the situation? A loving God is being every difficult providence. Sometimes the joy can only come after the pain…but joy will come.

3.We asked this question on Sunday when we considered 2Peter. What do you think will be your last thought just as you take your final breath? None of us can know, but Jonah says that when his life was fainting away he remembered the Lord, Jon 2:7. The temple gets a mention a couple of times in this chapter. Why does Jonah mention it as he prays do you think? What is the same equivalence for us? We of course enter into the direct presence of God through the work of the cross of Christ. But the temple represented God's presence and Solomon's prayer was that when the Lord's people turned towards Jerusalem and the Temple to pray – the Lord would hear and forgive 1King 8:30.

4.Jonah says he will do what he vowed, Jon 2:9 because salvation belongs to the Lord. What service have you said 'Yes' to because you have been saved through faith in Christ. Are you keeping your word?

5.Jonah says the Lord spoke to the fish and he vomited Jonah upon dry land, Jon 2:10. Do you believe this really happened? If so, how would you explain this to critics who would say you believe in fairy tales. At the end of the day it is by faith we believe these things. Even though they are hard to believe because they are miraculous, our God created the heavens, the earth and in this case the fish that carried Jonah. Let's not believe in part, but the whole.

Vision Point

CBC's Vision :- To be a growing biblical church community, significantly influencing our city and beyond, through intentional outreach, fulfilling our mission.

For Cell groups

"A day like no other" – reading 2 Peter 3:1-13.

1.Do you ever think about your death? What about the day of your death. What would you want to say to your closest family and friends at that time?

2.These are Peter's last thoughts and words to his hearers before he departs this world, 2Pet1:13-15. His focus is upon how they should live in the light of the fact that Jesus is coming back, 2Pet 3:11. Peter says the earth is reserved for fire, but people 'deliberately overlook facts', vss 5 and 8. What facts do they willfully overlook?

3.We know that Jesus spoke about His return in Matt 24. He said He will come like a thief. Nobody will expect His return. What would you like to happen before Jesus comes back, regarding yourself and others?

4.Pray our community especially as we lead up to Carols and the Christmas Day services. May many enter into the rest of Christ during this season where we celebrate the greatest gift to humanity. Why not invite someone along to these services!

Prayer Points

1.Those finishing work and study. Pray for our Carols and Christmas Day services.

2.Pray regarding continuing fire danger again this week. Qld, SA and NSW. High fire danger alerts still around.

3.Pray for continued follow up rain across Australia.

4.Pray for those who have recently come to CBC that they settle into the fellowship.

5.Ministries as they finish this term– PlayPatch, Kids@Church, Recharge youth.

6.More Sunday school, RI and Recharge Leaders next year.

7.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.

8.Sunday's messages. "A life on the run"" Jonah 1 in the morning and "White lies vs Murder" – 6pm Sunday night.

9.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop and podcast area.

10.Church finances to meet our expenses.

11.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.

Praise Points.

1.New people again on Sunday. Many visitors on Sunday night.

2.Praise God for the rain that fell on Sunday!

3.Praise God for Peter and Recharge ministry this year.

4.Men's brekky on Sat morning – Thanks Tim Freeman for leading the ministry

5.Podcast area getting closer to being done.

6.Scotty Dunn had a successful operation – now recovering at home.

7.More people wanting to join as members at CBC.

8.Stanthorpe drought relief target $1500 has been achieved.

9.Sunday worship – great blessing. Thanks Josh and team.

10.Unity, peace and Christ's love over our church.

Announcements

1.Backwell group - Hosting morning tea on Sunday morning.

2.Playpatch –Friday mornings – 9:30 – 11am for mums and bubs. See Carly Backwell for details.

3.Kids at Church – Primary school aged children finishes this Sunday morning.

4.Prayer meetings – 5:30am – 6:30am at church Wednesday and Friday mornings.

5.Recognition of service – To all our amazing ministry leaders, 15th Dec Axiom service – 6pm.

6.Carols service 22nd December – 6pm. Invite family and friends.

7.Christmas Day service 9:00am – Wednesday 25th December.

This month's catechism question...

Q. 7. What do we pray for in the first petition?
A. That God's name may be honoured by us and all men.

Bible Reference – Ps.8:1; Ps.72:17-19; Ps.113:1-3; Ps145:21;Is.8:13.


"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" Jer 33:3

Pastor Jay

Nineveh repents
Jonah - you can run, but you can't hide