Do you want a miracle? Maybe you have prayed for days, weeks, years. Try giving thanks. It worked for Jonah.
In chapter 2, we read a prayer that Jonah prayed in the belly of the fish. He did a lot of praying. (I imagine you and I would have felt prompted to pray in that situation, too.) But in verse 9, he changed. He said: “But I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving….”
Now, that is definitely a sacrifice—to give God thanks when you’re in the belly of a fish. But it paid off.
What does the next verse say? “So the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.” I suppose God was saying to Himself: “That thankless fellow, Jonah. He’s not getting out of that fish until he mends his conduct. When I hear him give thanks, I’ll talk to the fish.”
You know, many of us may be in the same situation. We will get out of the fish when God hears us say, “Thank You.”