This is the first time I have ever been in the state of Oklahoma.  I have yet to see the sun here.  It has been raining since the moment I cross the state line!  Being in Alabama and Kentucky, many of us haven’t seen rain in a long time, speaking of which I want to post a message on the NFC message board here on P&P.

I just talked to Tom about an hour ago who made me aware of a wildfire in his hometown of Cape Coral, Florida.  As I write, this wildfire is less than one mile from his house.  It is over 2,400 acres strong and growing by the hour.  According to local news, it is the largest fire in Cape Coral history and the worst drought in 100 years.  Officials say that it is 45% contained, but we need to pray for the residents of Cape Coral.  South Florida is not unfamiliar with natural disaster, as it has been frequented by hurricanes on almost a yearly basis.  However, in this case, it is not the amount of rain but the lack of it.  Several from Grace Baptist (where Tom is pastor) are here, and they have a 30 hour drive tomorrow.  In the meantime, let us pray to Him who makes the wind and sea obey Him and remind ourselves of the words of Martin Luther – “let goods and kindred go/ this mortal life also/ the body they may kill/ God’s truth abideth still/ His kingdom is forever.”

The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.