We’ve all been there – days and seasons when we feel as though we’re sinking, drowning even. Sometimes it’s a result of our own actions; sometimes we’re not quite sure how we got to the dark place. Jonah’s prayer from the fish shows us that deep waters often lead to desperate prayers. It is in these dark and often solitary places that, through prayer, we find communion with God, a return to worship, and a return to mission. In other words, we find that God, in his mercy, may use dark places and desperate prayers to create a decisive change in our life.