Religious Leaders Pray for Rain Like the Prophet Elijah

Religious leaders gathered for prayer in the face of a major drought Religious leaders from mixed faiths joined together to pray, as did the prophet Elijah in biblical times, asking God to send rain from heaven. The severe drought invading the West has farmers on edge because of their crops and livestock. This cry to heaven comes after the federal government declared 11 states natural disaster areas.

The states announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture are New Mexico, Kansas, California, Utah, Hawaii, Colorado, Nevada, Texas, Idaho, California and Oklahoma. These states are on the top of the list in need of an intervention from God, if Mother Nature does not hurry up. California officials said beginning spring 2014 they will not send water to local agencies from the state’s vast reservoir system. This will affect irrigation for one million acres of farmland and drinking water supplies for 25 million people.

Religious leaders gathered on Saturday at a Mormon church located in Reno. On Sunday the Utah Farm Bureau Federation requested the public’s assistance in praying and fasting for rain and snow. A dairy farmer in Utah, Ron Gibson, said they can’t ask the government to help so they decided to try the man upstairs. Gibson said one thing farmers learn is most things that happen in life are totally out of their control.

The hope for these leaders is the same that many of them received from the Holy Scriptures when speaking of the prophet Elijah. In the book of First Kings Elijah prayed that rain would cease and it did for three years. Then Elijah later prayed for rain to fall again. Elijah prayed and prayed for rain to fall but nothing happened. He prayed from the top of the mountain and sent his servant down to see if he saw anything that appeared as if rain was coming. This went on seven times before the servant reported to Elijah that he saw a cloud the size of a man’s hand. Finally, Elijah knew his prayers were answered and he knew rain was on the way.

The prayer event in Nevada was organized by Rajan Zed who said the many faith leaders who participated were sure God would answer in their favor. There were many leaders who joined together from different religious backgrounds such as Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu and Baha’I among others.

Zed said when God sees all these leaders come together in harmony and unity praying for one common goal he is confident that the results will be positive. He said these leaders prayed in diverse traditions, for the common good of the whole community. Zed believes God will naturally be moved to provide relief so that the livelihood, health and quality of life would not be affected for these devotees.

Religious leaders from mixed faiths gathered together in prayer for rain and snow. These leaders petitioned God as did the prophet Elijah during biblical days when Israel experienced a three-year drought. Elijah had to pray seven times before the heavens opened up but his prayer was finally answered.

By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)


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9 Responses to "Religious Leaders Pray for Rain Like the Prophet Elijah"

  1. hank   February 8, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    America has crossed the line of no return.I do not pray for her anymore

  2. Therese   February 5, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    God will answer with rain if there are Biblically repentant, obedient, and holy people following the one, true God – as Elijah did. Biblically, drought was a judgment because God’s people were in persistent rebellion, embracing pagan ways and serving other gods. And notice that Elijah did not ask the prophets of Baal to join him in praying for rain. I strongly encourage you to read the whole story of Elijah and the whole Bible if you want an understanding of God and His ways.

  3. amishjihad   February 3, 2014 at 1:38 am

    A couple of years ago I took a drive from Chicago to South Dakota on I-80. Everywhere as far as I could see were emerald green fields of corn stretching to the horizon. Mile after mile, truly a beautiful sight, all because of modern farming technology. Then I sadly reminded myself, that more than 90% of this abundance is for livestock feed. What a waste and yes a sin. There are thousands of tons of fertilizer that make it to the Gulf of Mexico each year, chocking and killing everything in its path. How about the tons of Roundup sprayed on fields every year killing everything except the crops. AND don’t forget about the little slight of hand that Monsanto waves over each GMO bags of seeds it produces. As a group farmers in America have done more to destroy the land than any other entity. All for what? Profit and to feed animals. So pray away. God is listening and he/she is pissed.

    • Randall   February 8, 2014 at 10:48 am

      ISAIAH 24 is ONGOING throughout the World, JUDGMENT, is occurred, MATTHEW 24 is God’s Timeline. Revelation 16:1-2 is OCCURRED as the rest of the fulfillment of Revelation 16. Isaiah 50:2 the fishes are WHOM WERE to be SAVED. .. but forsaken God. ISAIAH 5 …

    • Randall   February 8, 2014 at 10:51 am

      read please JEREMIAH 15. ……… the Lord shall be exaulted in JUDGMENT and God who is holy shall be sanctified in RIGHTEOUSNESS. ……

  4. Dennis Dickerson   February 3, 2014 at 12:14 am

    pray all you want, Green lantern, Hawkman nor God is gonna help

  5. Jimmy   February 2, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Jesus is only way new other way no no man at all in flesh on spiritual ream.

  6. Randall   February 2, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    ————JUDGMENT, OCCURS. ….. ..ISAIAH 50:2

  7. featherknife   February 2, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    When they asked Jesus how to pray, he didn’t say “Beg when you need help.” He said “Thy will be done.” Funny how so many christians just don’t do what he said to do. I believe he also mentioned in the parable of the talents something about…..and I am paraphrasing here, “If you throw away your inheritance because of greed….then ya got nothin.”


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