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Jonah and the depths (Week Three Challenge)

This week we are challenged by Jonah's prayer in Chapter 2

This week we have read Jonah’s reflective prayer from the belly of the fish in the depths of the ocean (Jonah 2).

Denis McBride characterises this as having a four part structure – reflecting on the past, describing the situation, remembering God and making promises. So as you read this chapter again our challenge is for you to use it as the model for a prayerful reflection on your circumstances

We challenge you to find time in prayer to reflect on your past and describe your situation to God. We challenge you to remember God in your prayer. And above all we challenge you to make your promises to God.

“Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy” Psalm 130

You may find it helpful to do this with others in church.

Reading Denis McBride’s book Journeying with Jonah? You may want to read Part Three – In the Deep alongside this week’s reading.

Do share stories and reflections with us

You don’t have to share anything private but it would be great if you could share your reflections, stories and inspirations on our social media feeds using the hashtag #RuleOfLife #CalledToRead #JourneyWithJonah

And do encourage others to sign up to the rule of life and take part in this challenge.


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