Jonah 2:1 “Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the stomach of the fish,”
Don’t wait until you are in the belly of a fish to pray. That is probably good advice to follow, don’t you think? I bet Jonah had no idea when he tried to flee from God’s presence by hopping on that boat that he would end up inside a fish for three days. But even then, did you notice the first word of today’s verse? Then!
Jonah was in the fish three days and three nights and THEN he prayed. Are you kidding me? I would have been praying the moment I hit the water BEFORE the fish swallowed me. But some of us are stubborn. We don’t want to ask God for help. Or we don’t want to admit He is right and we are wrong.
Don’t teach your children to wait to pray. Teach them to pray all the time. Teach them to pray everywhere. When you are going down the road and see a wreck, pray for the people in the wreck and the first responders. When they are facing that algebra test, teach them to pray before they even start studying for it – not when they sit down to take it.
God’s Word does say to pray without ceasing. Now, you can’t stay on your knees 24/7, but you can stay in the attitude of pray. Teach your children that. Pray at the drop of a hat. Be always ready to pray. When someone asks you to pray for them in front of your children, do that immediately with your children, if possible.
Are you praying? Are you praying only when you are “in a fish”? Do you wait until trouble hits? Pray at all times. Pray to our Lord and thank Him for life. Pray to our Lord and pour out your heart. But above all, PRAY.