The earnest prayer of a righteous man has great power and wonderful results. Elijah was as completely human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for the next three and one half years! Then he prayed again, this time that it would rain, and down it poured and the grass turned green and the gardens began to grow again. James 5:16-18 The Living Bible


Lord, my Father:

Summer is over

And I’m not sorry.

But still

it’s not raining!

In eastern Montana

Heat bakes the crackling grass,

Turning ponds to salt-rimmed mud,

And streams to oozy trickles.

While out here

Fires stalk the forest,

Torching the trees,

Turning thousands of acres to ash,

With no good purpose.

Our air fills with soot,

The mountains I love suffocate in smoke.

Yet, in Texas

People are suffering,


drowning in rain

Praying, longing for the very drought we pray against.

I don’t get it.

Now, in myself, I’m far from a righteous person;

I’m as “completely human” as Elijah was!

I know that.

But I’m covered by Your Son’s righteousness

And I’m certainly in earnest

When I plead for rain for us

And relief for the folks in Texas.

So how about some “great power and wonderful results?”

What’s that?

“Have patience,

And trust Me.”


Then I hear:

“I have this hope/In the depths of my soul,

Through the flood and the fire

You’re with me/And you won’t let go.”

(“I Have This Hope”/Tenth Avenue North)

Yes, Lord. No matter what happens, You’re with me.  And that’s what matters. Amen.

First published September 3, 2017