Does it Matter Where You Pray?

“And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights. Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the stomach of the fish…” Jonah 1:17-2:1.

The word you need will come


The morning I began to contemplate what to share on today’s post, the Holy Spirit brought to my remembrance something that Pastor Matt said during one of his sermons last year. He mentioned how all the leadership was persistently seeking the Lord for direction for 2019.

Listen to these words:

”When you don’t know exactly what you are going to do, you trust in what you have heard and seen the Lord already do. I’m going to go out on a limb for a moment and say something that normally only a follower of Jesus would learn after some years in the Kingdom. And that is this: As you grow in Christ, you learn to increase your trust in God’s faithfulness and the absolute integrity of the character of the Father.”

The reason Pastor Matt could make the statement is because he has learned that while we may not always have a clear, specific word of direction, we are confident that the word we need most will come.

God answered Jonah even in the fish's belly

Now, what in the world do these thoughts have to do with my sharing from the book of Jonah?

Simply this: the call and ministry of a prophet of God was a holy and anointed calling. With the Father’s grace and mercy upon whom He called came an equipping empowerment that only God could give.

The prophets of God often talked about “the burden of the Lord.” This was their way of acknowledging that God had let them “feel” what He was “feeling” concerning the people of God. Somehow the Spirit of God imprinted upon the soul and mind of the prophet the Father’s joy, grief, anger, disappointment and, yes, His love and promise of restoration that was sure to come.

The reason Jonah was honest with the sailors about the cause of the storm and the only option to stop it was because Jonah understood something of the character of the God Whom he had fled, but Who he also knew was faithful and just.

Therefore, he knew that being cast into the sea would only give God another opportunity to redeem the life of this reluctant prophet. And when God appoints a great fish to swallow Jonah whole, he knew he would discover that even there the Lord would hear and answer him.

Trust God's character

I know, dear beloved of the Father, that there have been, are, and will be times of a desperate need for some answers.

Please take a lesson from both Jonah and Pastor Matt Stokes. Trust the faithfulness and character of Him Who loves you and gave His Son to redeem you.

Prayers and blessings,
Pastor Gene

1 Comment


Catherine - January 19th, 2020 at 9:15am

Amen.

In all of our unfaithfulness and wandering, God is faithful.

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