Jonah 2:2 He said: “In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry.”
I’ve had some pretty distressful experiences in my life. But honestly, I think Jonah has me beat. I have never been inside the belly of a huge fish, begging God for my life. Talk about distressful!
But it doesn’t matter to God. Whatever our distress level – high or low, large or small, God cares. No matter how far away He may seem, He hears us when we call out to Him. He listens to us, and He always answers us.
Oh, the answer may not always be what we want to hear. Sometimes, we ask Him for something, and He says, “No.” But no is still an answer, isn’t it?
Friends, no matter where we are or what our circumstances, we can call out to God. He hears us, and He is always a good listener. And because nothing is impossible with God, He very well may give us an answer we didn’t even think of.
Dear Father, Thank You for always listening and hearing me.
Let the priests, who minister before the Lord, weep between the temple porch and the altar. Let them say, “Spare your people, O Lord. Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’ ” Joel 2:17
Could you do something on intercessory prayer?
Hi Dawne! I’d love to. I’ll try to work that angle from Jonah in the coming weeks, and then maybe I’ll do a few studies strictly on that topic when I finish the Jonah study. Thanks for the idea!
Blessings to you.