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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Rain

Over the past few weeks and months there have been many calls to pray for rain as Australia continues to endure a severe drought with dams at critical levels in some places. About 3 weeks ago there began significant rainfall especially out west in farming communities which have been hardest hit.

Even the Prime Minister had issued a call for fervent prayer. Apart from not understanding what fervent prayer is, lengthier, louder, more words, less words, more sweat, i also have fundamental issues with praying for weather.

I live on one of the driest continents on the planet. When there is drought we shouldn't be surprised. I am not a climatologist but the weather patterns do seem to changing over time. All in all droughts should be expected and we need to do the best we can to conserve water and get through the tough times.

I also believe that if it rains it rains. I consider myself a man of faith but don't see how we can pray for rain when it may suit someone very well to have more sunshine and others want a few weeks of rain but some only want days of rain. Do we rely on God to distribute the precipitation evenly to benefit everyone equally?

When the rains came there was special thanks at church and acknowledgement of God's provision. This weekend there have been terrible storms in this area and to the immediate north-west. The roads were flooded, houses were flooded and power was down, and is still down, for over 200,000 people.

Will there be thanks in church for this? Is this part of God's provision or is it only God when it is "nice" rain?

I realise that this opens up problems for other areas of prayer. I'd certainly appreciate some thoughts.

2 comments:

Andrew Simone said...

Matthew 5:45

Alex said...

I wonder if we thank God for natural events too much and expect miraculous events too little.

Part of the reason religion is ridiculed in general is because it claimed for so long that so many natural events were the work of God contrary to what science has now discovered. I think we need to focus instead on the fact God works in a supernatural way and not by manipulating his own natural laws. God didn't secretly pump blood into Jesus to keep him alive. Rather, he let nature runs it's course. Death was the result by the laws of nature. Then he miraculously, supernaturally, raised Jesus physically from the dead. Though that breaks a natural law, there was no question that God was involved, unlike in the case of regional rain fall where it is kind of an eternal question as to whether the cause was God or not. In the Bible, when God intervenes, there is no question that God is the one intervening. This displays his faithfulness and no one who sees the results can dispute it. When it comes to rain, those who see it can dispute the cause.