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.
(Jonah 2:1-3 ESV)
Jonah is sitting the belly of a fish, its dark, wet, and smells like fish. God has made a point to make Jonah depend on Him. So Jonah prays to God. He calls out to God out of distress. He knows he has made a mistake. Jonah feels like he is in Hell by being stuck in this fish. But look God hears his voice. God is listening to his prayer. Jonahs acknowledges that God has been working, even with the fishermen who tossed Jonah overboard, and describes God as owner of the sea. That it was God’s waves that passed over him.
How often do we turn away from God, then God has to get our attention by allowing a trial to come into our life. When we enter any trial in life we should acknowledge first that God has allowed this trial and that there is something to learn from this trial. Every trial has a purpose in our life along with primarily bringing glory to God. So when you are in a trial pray to God. Cry out to Him and search your heart and scripture to see what God is trying to call you out on.