I heard a man say, “There are no accidents; just premeditated carelessness.”
Makes sense to me. And it makes me wonder if the same holds true for disasters. It seems that most disasters in this world grow to maturity slowly, although they hit with shocking speed.
That’s true of volcanic eruptions. And of cancer. And maybe even of attacks like Pearl Harbor and 9/11. Disasters take years to ferment and grow. If we could just learn to kill the thing in its growing stage…
Did you know that there were at least ten disasters in the Bible that grew directly out of the prayerlessness of God’s people? You can look them up.
1. Israel under Joshua’s leadership made an unauthorized treaty with the Gibeonite tribe because they didn’t pray about the decision. And it came back to haunt them, causing war and plague for several generations. (Joshua 9:1-14).
2. Israel abandoned their prayer life and asked for a king (instead of Jehovah) to rule over them. Samuel warned them of their downfall, calling prayerlessness a “sin”. (1 Samuel 12:6-23).
3. King Ahaziah died because he consulted an idol but refused to pray to his own God – Jehovah. (2 Kings 1:1-17).
4. King Saul lost his kingdom and then his own life due to prayerlessness. (1 Chronicles 10:13-14 & 13:3).
5. Uzzah fell dead and the Ark of God wasn’t moved for three months due to prayerlessness. King David later admitted that they hadn’t prayed about how they should move the Ark. (1 Chronicles 13:9-14 & 15:13).
6. King Asa’s reign failed and he died in pain because he refused to pray. (2 Chronicles 16:7-12).
7. Jerusalem fell to Babylon and the people were taken captive because God couldn’t find enough intercessors to pray for the city. (Ezekiel 22:30-31).
8. Jesus’ disciples failed to cast out a demon because their prayer lives weren’t up to the challenge from Satan. (Mark 9:28-29).
9. Jesus’ disciples denied him and scattered because they failed to pray in the Garden. (Mark 14:37-38, 50).
10. Jesus condemned the church at Laodicea for their prayerlessness. They said, “I am rich… and do not need a thing”. (Revelation 3:14-22).
It makes me wonder what good things I’m missing by neglecting prayer… and what disaster might be headed my way for the same reason.