July 18, 2012 † 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl (By The Weather Channel)
The following prayer was published in 1815
“A Prayer for Rain”
O GOD, who didst promise to give thy people rain in due season, if they should walk in thy statutes, and keep thy commandments, and do them, that the land might yield her increase, and the trees of the field their fruits; and by thy Son Jesus Christ hast promised as an encouragement to all them who in the first place seek thy kingdom, and the righteousness requisite to bring us to the enjoyment thereof, all things necessary to their bodily sustenance; I beseech thee, in this time of our distress, to send us such moderate rain and showers, that we may receive the fruits of the earth in due season.
I confess, O Lord, our unworthiness of this mercy, and that thou mightest justly make the heavens over us as brass, and the rain of our land dust: but I humbly pray thee to pardon our sins, and in the midst of judgment to remember mercy: and to cause the rain to come down in due season, that the grass may grow for the cattle, and herbs and fruit for the service of men; and that the poor may eat and be satisfied, and praise the Lord for his bounty and loving-kindness.
And whatever blessings thou shalt bestow upon us, give us grace to use them to thy honour and our own comfort.
Keep us from murmuring and repining at thy dealings with us; and let all thy dispensations be received with resignation and thankfulness, and bring us in the end to thy heavenly kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Mediator and Redeemer. Amen.—A New Manual Of Devotion; By New Manual; 1815
WHO CONTROLS THE RAIN? Is God Withholding Rain From This Rebellious Nation?
- Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.—Zechariah 10:1
- For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater.—Isaiah 55:10
- And also I have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered.—Amos 4:7
- Read more verses about rain here, and from these links; ¹ ² ³
Update: March 30, 2018: The 2012 drought was summarized as follows; “And by a slight margin, the current drought actually covers more area than the famous 1936 drought, though other droughts in the Dust Bowl years – particularly the extreme drought of 1934 – still rank higher.” Source