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Jonah’s situation is definitely unique, but we can all end up in a dark place. Discouraged. Anxious. Confused. Tired. Angry. Hurt. Discouraged. Or just aware that we screwed up. By leading us through Jonah’s response, Pastor Bryce gave us a pretty good roadmap about how to react to a situation like that, and get out of it. Key to all that: Living on a Prayer!
As you converse with God here are four approaches that you can copy from Jonah. For the sake of application, think through the questions that accompany these four steps:
- Raw acknowledgment of your situation
=> Key to a good prayer life is knowing where you currently stand with God.
- Sharing the weight of the situation
Either share with others or think through it on your own: What weighs you down? What bothers you? Name the burden, the situation. Now bring it before God. In your prayer room, or with your friends bring the situation before God.
- Honest repentance
As you share your burden, evaluate: Is there something to repent off? Rebellion against God. Distrust. Trying to do it on your own. – One aspect of Repentance is returning to God. What area of your life needs turning around – back to God?
- Humble submission to God’s authority
Through the Bible in one Year
Join us in reading through the entire Bible in one year. Each day of this plan guides you through passages from both the Old and New Testaments, allowing you to see connections between the history of our faith, and the fulfillment of God’s redemptive plan. Readings average four chapters in length, so it is posible to do. When you use the YouVersion Bible App, you can even have the app read the Bible text to you – very useful when you are in the car or otherwise occupied with your hand.
All you need to do is click the link to the Bible Plan, which should lead you straight to the Bible app. Your two options are now (1) to read the plan on your own, one day at the time. Or (2) you can make it more fun and rewarding, by sharing the plan with one or more friends, and then even “Talk about it”.