Avoid disaster (Pray!)

How do I pray? Prayers from the Bible.

sunBefore utter disaster is Joshua’s prayerlessness. Commanded specifically to NOT make a treaty with the Canaanites, the Israelite prince is quite flattered by the appearance of visitors who — apparently — come from far away to see the marvels of God. Even though he senses a red flag, he falls for their ruse (they wear old clothes in their caravan) and skips the step of prayer in his hurry to sign peace.

But the Israelites didn’t consult the Lord. — Josh. 9:14.

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Think of getting all the Canaanites out of the Promised Land like the Homeland Security’s mission to clear America of potential terrorists. How many bomb-exploders do you want lurking in your neighborhood? But once they give their word, the Israelites have no choice but to let the Gibeonites live.

Can’t get motivated to pray? Think about averting disaster. Before you decide, pray. What consequence for not dispossessing the Canaanites of the land? The Israelites themselves were dispossessed of the land centuries later (in the captivities).

14 responses to “Avoid disaster (Pray!)

  1. What a great post!! I really needed to read this today. Thanks for sharing! :0)

  2. Good point about praying. Joshua chapter nine is also a story of God’s grace to me, of how God wants His people to keep their word and as result we see the hint of mercy to the Gentiles =)

  3. Once you learn that your life totally relies on prayer, it becomes part of your natural language. How many times in our daily conversation we say, “Lord, could you stop the rain for a few minutes for me to unload this?” And HE DOES! or “Please touch him, he needs to know you love him.” “Thank You, Lord!” It’s not ALL about a long conversation although we have those too but it’s about constant communication with our Father. He cares that much for us!

    • once we wereholding service outside with sound equipment that would bust if it rained. an ever so slight drizzle (more of a mist) augured a coming full on downpour. We prayed and it stopped. We could hold our services outside without any problem whatsoever.

  4. You know I heard the most profound thing on Facebook of all places; it was a blurb that read: What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday. Your post reminds me of that.

  5. I love the dinosaurs and their caption in the photo! Kind of reminds me of their extinction.

  6. Before disaster–prayerlessness. Direct hit.

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