Prayer is the one thing the disciples ask Jesus to teach them. And he gives them a model prayer, not to recite, but to guide them as they pray.
Jonah responded in anger when God did not destroy Nineveh. But God is not like Jonah. God is holy and just, but he is also gracious and patient.
When a believers are born again, they are spiritually immersed into Christ–into His death, burial, and resurrection. This is what water baptism represents.
Jonah prayed a prayer of repentance in the belly of the fish, but repentance is more than just a prayer. Would Jonah follow through?
Jonah tried hard to avoid God, and sometimes we do, too. Our circumstances aren’t as dramatic, but when we run from God, he disciplines us just the same.
We must understand that the trials we face—what Paul calls “this light momentary affliction”—are nothing compared to the glory that God has in store for us.