Jonah: God’s Mercy is Relentless
2 – A Prayer in the Darkness
4/19/15 – MS
Key Scripture: Jonah 2
1. Be quick to call on God
“From inside the fish, Jonah prayed to the Lord his God.” – Jonah 2:1
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16
2. Be honest about the reality of your situation
3. Believe that God is with you in your darkness
“God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’” – Hebrews 13:5
“When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, O Lord, and my prayer rose to your holy temple.” – Jonah 2:7
“Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.” – Jonah 2:8
“What I have vowed I will make good.” – Jonah 2:9
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9
Whether you are on top of the world or in the depths of hell, when you call on the Lord, He will answer you.
1. How come it usually takes things getting really bad in your life before you call on God?
2. On a scale of 1-10, what level of distress do you have to reach before you cry out to God?
3. How can we always know that God is with us and that He always hears our cries for help?
4. What are some worthless idols you cling to, rather than putting your full hope in God?
5. Prayer should not be about getting God to do what we want. Instead, effective prayer is our coming into agreement with what God wants. What is your biggest prayer need? Take time to pray for each other.