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Jonah: God Gives Second Chances

Prayer From The Inside Out – Jonah 2:1-10

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God Gives Second Chances

Prayer From the Inside Out

Jonah 2:1-10

Ryan Heller

November 13, 2011

I.              Cry out to God when you are in agony

Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, 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. 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. Then I said, ‘I am driven away from your sight; yet I shall again look upon your holy temple.’ The waters closed in over me to take my life; the deep surrounded me; weeds were wrapped about my head 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.
Jonah 2:1-6 (ESV)

II.             Cry out to God when time is running out

I sank down to the very roots of the mountains. I was locked out of life and imprisoned in the land of the dead. But you, O LORD my God, have snatched me from the yawning jaws of death! “When I had lost all hope, I turned my thoughts once more to the LORD.                                                                                                                   Jonah 2:6-7a (NLT)

III.            Cry out to God when you need salvation

“Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.  But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the LORD.”
Jonah 2:8-9 (NIV)

IV.           Cry out to God when you are victorious

And the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.
Jonah 2:10 (NIV)