1. What does Jonah mean when he says, “I remembered the Lord” in Jonah 2:7?
2. Why is it so often hard to remember the Lord when you are going through a difficult time? Why did it take Jonah (and us!) so long to get to the point where he remembered the Lord?
3. Prayer is simply talking to God. There are many things to talk to God about, but this passage gives us two in particular. Talk to God and him and talk to God about yourself.
a. What do you need to remember about the Lord when you feel like he has banished you from his sight (v.4)?
b. What do you need to remember about the Lord when you feel like he doesn’t care about your situation (v.7)?
c. Does it help you to verbally talk to God about who he is, what he has done for you in the past, and what he has promised to do for you in the future?
d. Does it make a difference to realize that you are not telling God something he doesn’t already know? Why is it so helpful then to talk to God about God then?
e. “Who are you trusting?” Jonah warns us against placing our hope in “vain idols” (v.8). What idols do you tend to worship instead of Christ?
f. “How are you thinking?” Why is it so important to maintain a thankful (v.9) attitude no matter how difficult your life might be?
g. “What are you doing?” Jonah said he would pay his “vows” (v.9) What do you think he means? What is the connection between obedience and change in Christian growth? How does James 1:23-25 help answer that question?