Pray sooner

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15dd97f58bbe4601e9444631fc7c139aJonah was appalling. He was thrown overboard into a storm-whipped sea. He was gulped down by a huge fish. You would think he’d be praying immediately. Nope, not him. What? Me worry?

Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. THEN Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish’s belly — Jonah 1:17-2:1 KJV.

THREE DAYS IN THE BELLY OF THE FISH????? and only then it occurs to him to pray?

Raging_Sea__s_by_The_ImmortaloneSometimes people skip prayer, but this takes the grand prize of all the ages.

Do you ignore scoldings for prayer like

  • your dentist reminding you to floss?
  • your doctor telling you to get your weight down?
  • your environmentalist friend telling you to recycle?
  • your mother telling you to write your aunt thanking her for the sweater?
  • your finance-savvy buddy telling you to put more money in savings?
from Be Better Not Bitter blog

from Be Better Not Bitter blog

Yeah, you’re right. I SHOULD do that. And then we don’t. We become dulled to urgency others describe to us for the shoulds of life. I understand putting off prayer like I understand putting off organizing tax documents. It’s not the most exciting way to spend my Saturday.

But only one of these things affects eternity. People get passionate about whatever procrasti-nationmoves their heart and mind. But as a Christian, hopefully God’s cause moves our hearts and minds.

Jonah was a prophet, for crying out loud. He more than anybody should’ve known to pray. Why did he take so long to “get it?” How long will we take to “get it?”

71 responses to “Pray sooner

  1. I think we should ‘get it’ before it is too late. Great post! Everyone should be able to relate to this and take it to heart and apply it to their lives. I know I do!!! 🙂

  2. Excellent my friend, excellent.

  3. Great poster! Absolute truth, isn’t it?

  4. Excellent! Thanks for the reminder! It’s sad that often we are just like Jonah.

  5. Thought provoking. Really like the graphics.

  6. Hitting close to home!

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    • They guy lived 7 blocks from my house. I saw the burned house right around the corner from the 99cents store. I don’t mean to offend anyone, but these types of things are only going to increase since the atheists have done everything they can to kick God out of our society.

  10. That was really good. Well thought out.

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  12. Reblogged this on TheGreeneVademecum and commented:
    The Truth!

  13. Just what I needed to read to get this week started…procrastination and “living” in the game zone has taken over most days. Christ is guiding me out of this area and your article today confirmed that. He has led me through your words…isn’t He awesome?!

  14. I love this! I think sometimes we can relate to Jonah, Jonah understands that he has offended God and didn’t feel that he could call on the same God who he offended who he felt was the cause of his troubles.
    One of the biggest impact on our prayer life is our understanding of who God is. If we don’t understand God, how much he loves us and allow our guilt to overwhelm us we are not praying until we have no other option.

    • Thanks for adding to the discussion. You’re absolutely right. There is more depth to Jonah’s procrastination than I make in the post. Thanks for pointing this out! There is a great richness in the story that speaks to us on so many levels.

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  16. Thank you. Namaste.


  17. Reblogged this on ToBreakEvery … …Chain and commented:
    I needed this. And I thank God, and I appreciate “Mustard Seed Budget’s” for this post.

    Thank you, thank you!!!

    Peace & Love

    Egypt E.


  19. Thanks for the reminder.

  20. hisnamebpraised

    Great post. It is all about building that relationship. How often we force it to be all one way when we don’t take the time to commune. Then we can’t understand why the whale comes to remind us. Blessings to you.

  21. This is sad, but so so true. Great post!!

  22. Love it!

  23. Lord, help me to prayer each day, not to forget you, not to wait until there is an uproar. Amen.

  24. Reblogged this on angchronicles and commented:
    On this prayer journey, Mustard Seed Budget reminds us not to ignore prayer and become fish vomit like Jonah.

  25. Will re-blog – what a great thought thank you it made me think.

  26. Reblogged this on Christian Warrior and commented:
    What a great thought, well it made me think.
    I am like Jonah or Paul?
    Paul I hope, but sure not all the time.

  27. You are right about praying sooner, sometimes I’m a slow learner. One of the pastors our church supports from India is amazed at how much we do in American churches without praying first. Have a blessed day.

    • Yes, that is very true. But we have so many things we CAN do… and so many distractions. Third World churches spend a lot of time praying because they don’t have the resources to do anything else. I was a missionary in Guatemala for 16 years

  28. Awesome and true!!! I really like the “Procrasti – Nation” picture.

  29. Great post. Loved your “Procrasti-Nation” graphic.
    Richest blessings,

  30. Thanks for the reminder. As christians, prayer is our key and at times, we are too busy for irrelevant things and become tired when it get to the time of prayer. Changes need to be done. Once again thanks!

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  32. Powerful post!! I’m reblogging this on godssceneryandpromises!!

  33. Reblogged this on godssceneryandpromises and commented:
    I love this post!!! Well said!!
    Prayer is often talked about and taught…but, the “pray SOONER” concept is often missed! “Never stop praying.”
    1 Thessalonians 5:17, means you’re praying at all times: In good times, in stressful times, in urgent times, even BEFORE things get crazy…because your constant communion with your God is that important!

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