Jonah | Jonah Prays
Grateful for being rescued, Jonah decides to follow God’s plan.
Jonah 2:1-10 From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. 2 He said:
“In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me.
From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry.
3 You hurled me into the depths, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me.
4 I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’
5 The engulfing waters threatened me,
the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head.
6 To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, Lord my God, brought my life up from the pit.
7 “When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple.
8 “Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them.
9 But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”
10 And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.
Jonah 2:1-2 “In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry.”
Before your kids go to school, encourage your kids to find someone they don’t usually talk to and to do something nice for them. It could be another student, a neighbor, a sibling, or a teacher.
Read Jonah 2:1-10. Discuss together, when are you most likely to ask for help or say a prayer? Is it when things are good or bad? Why?
At dinner time – ask your kids,”What’s the hardest thing that you are going through (or have been through)?” Ask them how God helps them in those moments. Remind your kids that God listens to us, maybe reference 1 John 5:15.
One morning during the week ask your child for something that you can be praying for in their life. Then find a random way (through text or a note) to let them know you are praying for them.