We’re studying Jonah in church at the moment, and last week was on Jonah’s prayer from the belly of the fish.
Jonah had been in the fish three days and three nights at this point. There was no sign that he was ever going to get out. His situation was just as hopeless as it had been… and yet, Jonah declared that God had saved him.
Jonah’s salvation was evident in his change of heart, not his change of circumstances. He didn’t rely on everything looking and feeling good externally as proof of his salvation, but found freedom within the problems.