This past Thursday, April 21, 2011, the Governor of Texas, Rick Perry issued an Official Proclamation for Days of Prayer for Rain in Texas.
As a citizen of Texas, it is with great humbleness that I submit myself to pray for rain for our drought-ridden state. What saddens me is that as a woman who prays about everything, I have not prayed for rain up until our Governor put out an official proclamation to pray for rain.
I wonder why this is. I guess it’s just one of those simple things that should come naturally but you just don’t stop to think about it.
On a daily and sometimes hourly basis, I pray for this nation, that she will turn back to God; I pray for our President, that he will humble himself before God and seek God’s will rather than his own selfish ways for this nation he was called to lead; I pray consistently for the complete healing and restoration of body, mind and soul for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who was gunned down in January of this year. In fact, this one event affected me so deeply that the day after the shooting I started a personal prayer blog to specifically pray for her continued progress and healing.
Over the months, this site has grown into praying for a great deal of things that has happened throughout our nation.
Looking back, on the blog site, as well as in my personal, private prayer time, I have no problem praying for the big things as well as the small things. I’m a firm believer that nothing is too big or too small for God Almighty! And yet…. I still had not thought to pray for rain!
I appreciate the fact that Governor Perry, as the elected official of this great State, has made an official proclamation to pray for rain. He has reminded us that we should seek God Almighty with all of our needs, including the weather. While I do not agree with everything that Governor Perry does, and in many ways I see him as just another “typical politician”, I do see that he is leading in a way that allows God to guide him and direct him in his decisions. Whether or not he personally truly seeks God’s will in his governing I cannot say. But I would venture to say that he has a fairly strong and faithful prayer life. Whatever the case may be, as far as his personal relationship with God, he has reminded me to pray for rain!
Here in San Antonio it is still dry as a bone. This morning, when I heard the rumblings of thunder, I was prayerful and hopeful that God was going to open up the floodgates of heaven with His soaking rain. However, we have only received a few drops here and there.
Does this mean I believe God has turned His back on believers who are earnestly praying for rain? No, not at all! In fact, in my mind I see it as a searching call from God. It’s almost as if He is saying, “Yes, my children, I hear your prayers. I want to bless you. Can you hear that I am preparing to pour out my blessings of rain for you?” Is it wishful thinking? No, it is hope, faith and trust in God Almighty.
For now, His answer is “no” in response to opening the floodgates of heaven to let it rain abundantly on our state. So I will continue to call upon the Name of the Lord God Almighty to send us the much needed rain in abundance! And if He still continues to say “no” to my prayers? Blessed be the Name of The Lord! He gives and takes away, my heart will choose to say- Blessed be the Name of The Lord!
This song is my prayer, Lord God:
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