Pray for Rain

I am praying for timely rain, in the right places and in the right quantities to sooth the parched land.


Today at the end of my lunch hour at work I was listening to the news bulletin on UCB. The headline story was the imminent famine in Somalia. The spokesman from a charity working in the area was talking about the immediate needs, the resources required to help the people.  And then he said, “They need it to rain.”

It got me thinking as I was driving home.  Of course, I want to help practically if I can – giving to the charities working in the area is a start.  But they need it to rain.  There hasn’t been enough rain in Somalia for 3 years.  No one can make it rain.  It doesn’t matter how much money you have, we can’t control the weather.

But God can.

So today I am praying for rain.  I am praying for timely rain, in the right places and in the right quantities to sooth the parched land.  I am praying for spring rains that refresh.  I am praying for miraculous rains that bring life.

I know that there are Christians in Somalia who will be praying.  I believe they are praying for rain.  So I will stand with them and agree in prayer, believing that our Creator God is able and willing to send the rain on their land.  This is a powerful dimension of intercession.  We can agree with our brothers and sisters all over the world by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Neither distance nor difference can stop us being of one heart and mind if we are listening to Jesus as He intercedes for us before the Throne.

It says in the Bible that God makes it rain on the righteous and the unrighteous alike.  I am praying His blessing of rain on everyone in Somalia.

I live in a land blessed with abundant rains (most of the time)…  I share that blessing with the people of Somalia.  LORD, LET IT RAIN!

I haven’t spent hours researching what is happening in Somalia, but I know a bit.  I’m aware it’s a place where there is very little rule of law.  Wide spread violence and political turmoil compound the problems of the ordinary people.  According to Oxfam, famine only occurs when there is political failure.  I’m concerned that it’s going to be difficult for aid to reach those most in need because of this.  But rain… nothing can stop the rain!

There is so much we need to pray for Somalia, but this is where I am starting.

Join me in #praying for rain.


I believe God’s Kingdom is a place where there is both justice and peace; a place where the weak and poor are protected until they are strong and have everything they need.

Prayer is pretty simply really.  We talk to our Father God, we find out what He wants to happen and then we pray in the name of Jesus some variation of “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”

Actually understanding what His will is can be tricky.  We have so many of our own plans and ideas, perspectives and filters, that we don’t always hear Him very well.  There are factors like faith, persistence and agreement to take into account; and, when we intercede through prayer we are not contending with earthly beings but “against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” Ephesisans 6v12.

The key, though, is “Your Kingdom come”, and at the moment I’m pondering this in terms of the Global sphere (if I can use that image!).

Firstly, what does the Kingdom of Heaven / Kingdom of God look like?  I think we can be confident in agreeing that it is a place where there is no sickness and no death, no hurtful behaviour and no hatred.  Jesus demonstrated during His time on earth that the Kingdom of Heaven was about proclaiming good news to the poor, fixing the brokenhearted, pronouncing freedom and light for captives (Isaiah 61 & Luke 4).  When asked by John’s disciples if he is the Messiah, Jesus responds:

“Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Luke 7v22.  This is the Kingdom of God come among us.

I believe God’s Kingdom is a place where there is both justice and peace; a place where the weak and poor are protected until they are strong and have everything they need.

So, I find myself asking, what does that mean in terms of praying for Global crises?  How do we pray for God’s Kingdom to come and His Will be done in a war or a famine?  It feels like such a huge task  – I pray for those suffering from the famine, for those helping them and for wisdom in how I can help practically.  But while praying I’m aware that the famine is often a symptom of a much deeper problem – of corrupt government, of war or poor land management, of corporate greed or international manipulation…  If these things are not dealt with there will be another famine and another.  So I find myself praying for wisdom and insight, trying to understand those causes so I can pray with clarity.

This brings a question of how important is it that I understand what I’m praying for – and of course, we’re told that the Holy Spirit prays on our behalf because we don’t know what to pray.  Still, I think understanding is valuable in encouraging both faith and persistence.  It is important to me to get to the root causes: it is part of both my nature and my calling.   If I feel I have been given insight into a personal or local situation I pray with more confidence that God can and will intervene in the situation.  This is even more true in the Global – without insight and understanding I know my prayers are often lacking in faith as I am overwhelmed by the issues.

So, when I start to pray for any Global situation I pray for wisdom and perception – like Joseph and Daniel received – of God’s solutions to the problem.

Oh Lord, help me to pray according to Your gracious will and with Your compassion.

Praying… to understand

Lord, when I was twelve and I saw the changing world around me I was filled with hope…

Lord, when I was twelve and I saw the changing world around me I was filled with hope and I believed that we would see increasingly a world where diplomacy won over war and nations would work together for the good of all.  The Berlin wall came down, communism looked to be crumbling and South Africa was emerging from apartheid.  Even the wars being fought seemed to me in my naivety to be some how under control, with the UN as the force for good sending peacekeepers in.

You know, Father, how disillusioned I’ve become with global institutions since those early years.  Once I thought we would find the answers to all the problems faced by the world – I see now that even where there are answers often the situation is too complex for them to be implemented successfully – and neither the political will nor the social desire is sufficient for releasing the resources needed.

Why is that?  Is it the fallen nature of humanity?  Is it that fundamentally we are selfish beings who often cannot empathise enough with others to solve problems that don’t affect us?

One of the wonderful things I see at the moment in the outrage expressed by ordinary people through social media is that desire to identify with people who are different from them.  I think some of it is misinformed, and reporting is often biased or politically motivated, but still the heart of those people is positive, surely.

But can it make a difference?  Almost 30 years ago it seemed that people could solve everything if we could just work together… and yet we didn’t.  We need you, Father, we can’t do it on our own.

Father, help me to understand what is happening in the world today.  Help me to have compassion and empathy and to see clearly.  Help me to discern what is good in what governments and organisations and individuals are doing so that I can pray with understanding.  Help me to hear your voice and direction, to know your heart for this world, so that I can pray your will be done and your Kingdom come.