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As I write this, the news reports are filled with information about the 23 fires across Southern California. For two days, Debbie and I could see them from our side yard, burning less than three miles away. It’s been reported that over 500,000 have fled their homes while 9,000 firefighters have courageously put themselves between the raging infernos and people’s lifetime possessions. It’s been an unimaginable week, for the many who have lost homes and others who have lost family.

Across the Southeast, an extended drought continues to produce catastrophic effects. In fact, the latest information is that the city of Atlanta—the geographical hub of the South, host of the 1996 Olympics and home to millions of people—will be out of water in just under 90 days.

One leader noted this week as we prayed, from the West to the East, what we need is rain! Rain to stem the tide of the scorched earth … rain to replenish the water systems and provide for the most basic necessities.

Zechariah says; “A day of the Lord is coming … on that day living water will flow” (Zechariah 14:1, 8 NIV). While that word is specific to a prophetic declaration of an appointed time in history, we declare: Lord, send the rain! We stand in need of a release from heaven. We declare our dependency on You, both to halt the advance of destructive forces and to supply our daily needs! Lord, send the rain!

Make sure you remember where you put the umbrella. Prayer without anticipation is faithless prayer!

“‘If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, I will send you rain in its season … ‘” -Leviticus 26:3-4 (NIV)

By: Glenn Burris Jr., general supervisor

served as the president of The Foursquare Church from 2009-2020.