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Praying for Rain, How to Pray, December 26, 2023

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By Don A. Wright

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day have come and gone once again. There are many of us who were missing family, friends and loved ones this year. Whether by death or distance we couldn’t all be together. But, because we have the hope of eternal salvation we always have the hope of seeing our far away loved ones again. I’m also grateful for those I could be with. We stayed warm, had enough to eat, plenty of clean water and there wasn’t any terrorist lurking about my place or a war going on in my neighborhood.

A few weeks ago I sent out a request to you to share how you pray. Here is the response received: next time you’re tempted to tell a derogatory water-lawyer joke stop and think about Gene McMurtrey’s response – I read somewhere that you should pray for half an hour everyday and, if you don’t have time for that, then you should pray for an hour everyday. Good advice.

Can you relate to what Dan Bartel shared? – And then the Apostle Paul says, “pray without ceasing.” Dang.

New Mexico cowboy, former Valley resident and occasional contributor to this website Stephen Wilmeth shared this – Lord, give us peace and assurance that You will bring the needed rains. Help us to trust in You and find rest and assurance of Your eternal presence. We pray You send this blessed rain to refill our rivers, wells, and reservoirs. You are the almighty God, possessor of our souls, and Lord of compassion. Amen

Isaac Halls has shared some financial advice on this site in the past. He shared this –

2 Chronicles 7:13-14, When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Amen, our land needs healing. We need to trust God, pray without ceasing even an hour a day. I pray in the morning. Almost always before I start work. It has become a part of the routine and although it is much more important than a cup of coffee it goes just as well with starting the day. If I start by looking at the news or my emails, most of the time it starts things out with a bad taste.

Also, I started praying for wisdom right after I came to Christ. Now I add humility as one of my main requests. Here’s why: the longer I walk with the Lord the more wisdom He gives. Having wisdom is one thing but what good does it do me if I put my desire in the way? I would like to go one day without grabbing the wheel from Jesus and running things directly into the ditch. Note, I don’t pray to be humiliated, I pray for humility. The wisdom to recognize God’s will for me and the humility to act on it.

Finally, our friend Geoff VandenHeuvel summed it all up with his contribution – Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Author’s Note: Praying For Rain was started during drought time so believers could share with each other when and where there would be prayer services to – Pray For Rain. It’s turned out to be more of a place where we can share some testimonies and prayer request that may not have anything to do with rain. If you have a story or request you’d like to share please contact us at: These PFR pieces are not shared through our regular MailChimp distribution. They are emailed to a list of folks who opted to receive them. If you want to be included please email: and will add you to the list of recipients. God bless and thanks. 

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