How To Pray Your Way Out Of It
So they picked up Jonah and hurled him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows. And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, saying, “I called out to the Lord, out of my distress,and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice. For you cast me into the deep,into the heart of the seas,and the flood surrounded me; all your waves and your billows passed over me. Then I said, ‘I am driven away from your sight; yet I shall again look upon your holy temple.’ The waters closed in over me to take my life;the deep surrounded me;weeds were wrapped about my head at the roots of the mountains.I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me forever;yet you brought up my life from the pit,O Lord my God. When my life was fainting away,I remembered the Lord, and my prayer came to you,into your holy temple. Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love. But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you;what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the Lord!” And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land.
hilastérion – sin offering the place of propitiation; the lid of the golden ark (the mercy-seat)
If God delivers you, but he never disciplines you how will you ever learn?