“…I will sacrifice to you with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord…” Jonah 2:9 (NKJV)

While Jonah was still in the belly of the fish, he said “…I will sacrifice to you with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord…” Jonah 2:9 (NKJV). He was not complaining or giving up because of the situation he had found himself in. Rather he was talking about how he was going to sacrifice to God with a voice of thanksgiving. Now, when I first read this, I realized that what Jonah did there was a reflection of his mindset. He knew that God was on His side, he knew that even though he was in the belly of the fish God had answered his prayers, so he started talking about how he was going to give God offerings with thanksgiving. In his mind, he had moved from asking God for help to receiving the help. He knew his escape was a done deal. He understood that the prayers he had prayed while in the belly of the fish had been heard, so he was convinced enough to say he would sacrifice to the Lord with a voice of thanksgiving.

Now, when we take a look at his statement, we understand that he knew God was hearing him, he knew that God had answered him, so he started thanking God. The question is, in your challenges, do you know when to pray and when to start giving God thanks? Or do you just keep praying and when nothing is happening, you get tired of praying?  Well, you should learn to know when to stop praying and start thanking God. The truth is that, if you keep praying over and over concerning a particular thing because you have not received what you are praying for, it shows that the times you prayed, you never really received it in your Spirit. If you did, you are supposed to be thanking God now and not praying endlessly. Therefore, I encourage you today to take a break from asking God and start thanking God. The secret behind this is that when you start thanking God, you have moved from the point of asking God to lay hold of that which you have asked for. And when this is the case, the desires of your heart will manifest in the physical. 

TODAY’S RHEMA 

When you pray, he hears and answers. Recognize this and know when to start thanking Him!

CONFESSION FOR THE DAY

Gracious Father, I thank you because you always hear me, I appreciate you because you always plan the best for me, therefore I thank you for answering all my prayers and I am walking in the manifestation of it in Jesus’ name. Amen!

Categories: January 2024

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