If Jonah was writing his prayer (the second chapter of Jonah in the Bible) to God today, it might sound something like this –
I’ve hit rock-bottom, God and I have decided to call out to you. I know you will answer me.
My choices have taken me to a deep, dark place in my life, far from you. But I’m confident you still hear me when I pray.
I tried to run from you – a very bad decision. And now you’re letting me pay the consequences as waves of darkness and regret wash over me. I feel like you are very far away, dear God.
Even so, I am looking for you, watching for you, calling out to you.
I keep sinking….
into the cold,
sadness. This is where my choices have taken me.
But I know you are here, Lord God. And you will lift me back up into your arms.
I was lost and dying, LORD, but now I am turning back to you. I’m not like those other people who idolize money, success or fame. I praise you with a joyful heart, my God!
I am here to do your will. I will do what you have asked me to do. I will tell everyone that ‘Salvation comes from the LORD.”
I’m listening, ready to obey, Abba Father.