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Prayer in a Pit
Shea Allen
Shea Allen
Sunday, February 19, 2023
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Jonah 2

1 Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish:

2 I called to the Lord in my distress,
and he answered me.
I cried out for help from deep inside Sheol;
you heard my voice.
3 When you threw me into the depths,
into the heart of the seas,
the current overcame me.
All your breakers and your billows swept over me.
4 And I said, “I have been banished
from your sight,
yet I will look once more
toward your holy temple.”
5 The water engulfed me up to the neck;
the watery depths overcame me;
seaweed was wrapped around my head.
6 I sank to the foundations of the mountains,
the earth’s gates shut behind me forever!
Then you raised my life from the Pit, Lord my God!
7 As my life was fading away,
I remembered the Lord,
and my prayer came to you,
to your holy temple.
8 Those who cherish worthless idols
abandon their faithful love,
9 but as for me, I will sacrifice to you
with a voice of thanksgiving.
I will fulfill what I have vowed.
Salvation belongs to the Lord.

10 Then the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.