Thursday, May 19, 2011

Praying for a Drought

"Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it. Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof." Psalm 65:9,10

Living here at the beach makes it seem like an almost alien concept. After all, the tide comes and goes, each time rising to the same mark in the sand as the time before. The water level never fails to reach its pre-determined height in the sand, so the concept of a drought is almost...well, absurd.

The consequences of a drought here at the beach in Florida are almost non-existent. A lack of rain here never affects someone's livelihood, only their water bill. If the rain fails to fall, you just adjust your lawn sprinkler timer. However, growing up in the farm country of The Ozarks, I am keenly aware of the consequences of a drought. So serious are its repercussions in that part of America that the very livelihoods of families depend on the simple act of rain falling from the sky.

The contrast between these two places are polar opposites. Here at the beaches, people pray for sunshine on their days off of work. In the Ozarks, people pray for rain so they can continue to work. But what about a Christian? Should we pray for rain, or a drought? Let us examine this question from a unique perspective.

Galatians 6:7 says, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." (emphasis mine). Simply put, whatever a man puts out, that is what he can expect to return. If you are a man of evil and wicked ways, you can expect a life of hardship. If, however, you are someone who forgives his enemies, you can expect forgiveness from your Heavenly Father in return.

David, in Psalm 51 prayed to God for forgiveness for his actions with Bathsheba. Specifically, David prayed that God would "Deliver me from bloodguiltiness..." (Psalm 51:14). David prayed that God would withhold the consequences (i.e., spiritual death) of his evil deeds, and in effect, prayed for a drought. David knew very well the concept of cause and affect. A harvest must first be planted as seeds that are sown, and Davids' actions were the seeds that would grow into his spiritual separation from God.

As Christians, we have the ability and the right to pray the same prayer that David prayed. The prayer of forgiveness. Just because we are Christians does not mean that we will live the rest of our lives blameless. Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." The key word is all. Not just some, or a few, or those born on January 28th. For ALL have sinned. But in the very next verse, Romans 3:24 says, "being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,". 

Just like King David did in Psalm 51:3, we have the ability to acknowledge our transgressions and be forgiven of them by asking that God purge our sins, and hide His face from our iniquities (Psalm 51:7-9).

For those whose lives depend on rain, it would almost seem counter-productive, but a Christian should pray for a drought. A seed that's been sown-whether good or bad- cannot grow without rain. Could you imagine having to pay for every single sin you commit yourself? It would be impossible! After all, as the old saying goes, "When it rains, it pours." So while it may be true that the farmer requires rain for his Earthly well-being, the Christian depends on a drought to hold onto his spiritual life.

So regardless of whether you live at the beach, or you plow fields for a living, the next time you pray to God, be sure you pray that He sends a drought your way.

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