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Thursday, January 21 2016
Jonah 2: Jonah's Prayer
"For Thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me ... When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto Thee, into Thine Holy Temple"
The English-language words "prayer" and "pray" originated a Latin word, precari, that meant to ask with humility. The English word "precarious," meaning depending on the will of another, originated from the same root word. The English word accurately defines what prayer must be, if there is to be any hope of a favorable answer from God - a humble request, not a demand.
The English words "pray" and "prayer" are used to translate a number of original Hebrew and Greek words of the Holy Scriptures. All have the same applied meaning as the English word - a humble request.
Prayer is what the righteous have a right to do. Those who reject the Law of the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) should not expect the LORD to accommodate their ways unrepentance (see the Fact Finder question below).
"5:9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.
When the prophet Jonah found himself deep in the waters of the sea (see Jonah's Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea), he prayed to the LORD with the attitude that made a favorable answer possible, according to the Will of the LORD.
"2:1 Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly, 2:2 And said,
Fact Finder: What does the Word of God in the Holy Scriptures actually teach about how to pray?
This Day In History, January 21
763: The Battle of Bakhamra during the Alid Revolt (an uprising by the Hasanid tribe of the Alids against the governing Abbasid Caliphate) between Alids and Abbasids near Kufa ended in an Abbasid victory.
1189: The Third Crusade began with the united military forces of King Henry II of England, King Philip II of France, and the "Holy Roman" Emperor Frederick Barbarossa (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation). Also known as the King's Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1356: King Edward de Balliol vacated his throne to Edward III of England after his authority over Scotland declined in favor of the supporters of King David II.
1525: The Swiss Anabaptist Movement was founded when Felix Manz, Conrad Grebel, George Blaurock, and about a dozen others baptize each other in the home of Manz's mother in Zurich (see Anabaptists).
1542: The Bill of Attainer was passed by Parliament against Queen Katherine Howard.
1549: The first (of four in total) British Acts of Uniformity were passed by Parliament, requiring the Anglican Church to use the Book of Common Prayer (later called the First Prayer Book; see also Is 'Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust' Really In The Bible?).
1604: Tsar Ivan IV defeated the False Dimitri, who claimed to be the true tsar ("tsar" is the Russian version of "caesar").
1720: Sweden and Prussia signed the Treaty of Stockholm to end their "Great Northern War." Prussia was a key German kingdom in the German Empire ("Reich"; see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1793: King Louis XVI of France, who ruled from 1774 to 3 years after the revolution of 1789, was executed for treason. He was decapitated with the newly-invented guillotine.
1924: Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin died of a stroke at age 54.
1936: After the death of his father King George V, Edward VIII became king. He resigned the throne later that year to marry Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced US woman. Edward was succeeded by George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II.
1942: German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel (the "Desert Fox") mounted a counter attack against British forces in North Africa.
1950: Eric Arthur Blair died at age 46. Best known by his pen name, George Orwell (a name inspired by the Orwell River in England), the English writer was the author of numerous famous works, including the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four from which the terms "Cold War" and "Big Brother" originated.
1959: Hollywood movie maker Cecil de Mille died. He is most famous for his 1956 film The Ten Commandments.
1965: The Prime Minister of Persia (known today as Iran; see also Ancient Empires - Persia), Hassan Ali Mansur, was assassinated.
1976: The supersonic Concorde airliner made its first commercial flights. Two of the aircraft flew from London to Bahrain and Paris to Rio de Janeiro.
1977: Almost all Vietnam War draft evaders were pardoned by President Jimmy Carter.
1984: Britain's first "test-tube" triplets (two boys and a girl) were born in London.
2003: A magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck the Mexican state of Colima. It caused 29 deaths destroyed about 10,000 homes.