Pray First

prayer“And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD.”  Joshua 9:14

Who hasn’t received an e-mail or a phone call with an offer that sounded too good to be true, but was really just a scam.  Many people have been deceived and ended up losing a lot of money as a result.

God had just given Joshua and the Israelites great victories over Jericho and Ai.  The men of Gibeon were filled with fear that they would be defeated as well, so they put their heads together and came up with a great idea.  They came to Joshua, pretending to be from a great distance and desiring peace.

Joshua took their story at face value, and agreed to make peace with them.  His big mistake was that he did not consult with the Lord first.  Just think how he must have felt when he learned the truth and realized he had just been taken in by a scam.

As I read this story, I realized that many times we find ourselves in trouble, because we make decisions without praying about it first.  Sometimes when we have had a time of victory and blessing, we may just coast along on that, and neglect to seek God about everything in our life.  It is always important that we pray first, before making even minor decisions.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, help us to always seek you first in every decision we make, because you know what is best for us.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

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