The LORD appeared to Abram and said, “I will assign this land to your offspring.” And he built an altar there to the LORD who had appeared to him.
Avraham built an altar in the city of Ai and prayed there. He did so because he had foreseen that his descendants, in the days of Yehoshua, would suffer due to the sin of Achan. They were indeed saved in Avraham’s merit. (Meam Loez)
We learn from here that a person should always offer a prayer before trouble actually arrives, just as Avraham did. Had Avraham not done so, the Jews would have been decimated in Ai. Instead, “only” thirty six people were killed. (Some say that is was actually just one person, who was equal to thirty six people, who was killed.) (Sanhedrin 44b)
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