Then Job Prayed – 10/17/19 PM

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Then Jonah Prayed

Jonah 2:1

A few things to notice about this prayer in Chapter 2:

  1. His Provocation – vs. 1 – “…I cried by reason of mine affliction…”
  2. His Predicament – vs. 3, 5
  3. His Praise – vs. 2, 6b
  4. His Promises – vs. 4, 9
  5. His Problem – vs. 7 – “When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord…”

We could preach about all the elements of this prayer, but it is because of verse 7 that we even have chapter one and chapter two in this story. The story SHOULD have gone from 1:2 to 3:3

Chapter two starts out with THEN JONAH PRAYED.

What took him so long?

Question: When is your “then?”

How bad does it have to get before you will turn to God in prayer?

How long do you go before finally resorting to prayer and asking?

His failure to pray in chapter one resulted in:

 

I. The Decline

  1. Notice Jonah’s Aversion to God’s Purpose – vs. 3 But Jonah rose up to flee…
  2. Notice Jonah’s Alienation from God’s Presence – three time (2x in vs. 2 and vs. 10)
  3. Notice Jonah’s Apathy at God’s Punishment – vs. 5 God was after him; he didn’t notice.

His failure to pray in chapter one resulted in:

 

II. The Damage

It would have prevented:

  1. The Damage by the Tempest – vs. 4, 5
  2. The Damage to the Truth – vs. 7, 9 …I fear the Lord…which hath made the sea…
  3. The Damage to his Testimony – vs. 7, 9 …for whose cause this evil is upon us …what people art thou…?

Vs. 10 why hast thou done this…?

 

His failure to pray in chapter one resulted in:

III. The Desperation

  • He was Obligated in verse 2
  • He was Objecting in verse 3
  • He was Obstinate in verse 3
  • He was almost Obliterated in verse 4
  • He was Oblivious in verse 5
  • He was Obvious in verse 7 …and the lot fell upon Jonah
  • He was an Obstacle in verse 12
  • He almost became Obsolete in 15

Jonah almost waited too late to pray!

Because Jonah DID NOT REMEMBER THE LORD; AND DID NOT PRAY…

  • His response to God’s INSTRUCTION became an INSURRECTION.
  • His disobedient reaction to God’s MESSAGE turned into a MESS.
  • His mishandling of God’s desire for DELIVERANCE turned God’s hand to DESTRUCTION.

 

From all indications, Jonah preferred death over prayer.

Jonah had the idea to be thrown overboard before he had the idea that he should pray.

Jonah chose assisted suicide over having a prayer life.

Jonah 1:17 says that Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Jonah 2:1 THEN JOB PRAYED

 

Question: When is your “then?”

How bad does it have to get before you will turn to God in prayer?