I often ask during Bible studies, ‘how does this help in the midweek afternoons, when we are tired and falling asleep at our desks, or exhausted from yet another day managing kids?” I stole the question from someone, but I don’t remember who!
Then this morning, the same question came up and it so happens that we uncovered the perfect prayer in our reading for such moments like the afternoon doldrums, and even situations much worse! Hear this prayer from the Prophet Jonah.
“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. When my life was fainting away, I remembered the LORD, and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple.
Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love. But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay.
Salvation belongs to the LORD!” – Jonah 2:2-9(ESV)