The children of Israel once again took matters into their own hands in the verse above. In Chapter 7, they failed to go before the Lord when it came to attacking Ai because they figured they could easily conquer the small city. Here the inhabitants of Gibeon heard all that Joshua had done and acted craftily. They convinced the children of Israel to make a covenant without taking it to the Lord in prayer. Because of that, they ended up having to go to war for them.
I learned in my walk with the Lord that if I don’t have time to pray then the answer is probably no. We often times take only the “big” things to the Lord — like when we lose our dog, when we lose our jobs, or when we are in a financial or marital crisis. But with every other area of our life, we exclude the Lord — things like buying a car, or even praying for our children and for their future spouse or careers. We somehow think those things don’t matter to the Lord, but the Word clearly tell us “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Seeking the Lord’s counsel in all things.