Praying for rain in Texas
Crews battle a wildfire threatning a home in Strawn, Texas, earlier this week.
April 22nd, 2011
04:39 PM ET

Praying for rain in Texas

By Emily Smith and Josh Rubin, CNN

Austin, Texas (CNN) - Texas’ water problems seem to have reached almost biblical proportions with a record drought, statewide wildfires and shrinking aquifers plaguing the Lone Star State.

On Monday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry asked for federal aid in containing the raging fires that have already claimed two lives. On Thursday, Perry turned to an even higher power by declaring the upcoming holiday weekend “Days of Prayer for Rain.”

The proclamation reads:

WHEREAS, throughout our history, both as a state and as individuals, Texans have been strengthened, assured and lifted up through prayer; it seems right and fitting that the people of Texas should join together in prayer to humbly seek an end to this devastating drought and these dangerous wildfires;

I, RICK PERRY, Governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby proclaim the three-day period from Friday, April 22, 2011, to Sunday, April 24, 2011, as Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas. I urge Texans of all faiths and traditions to offer prayers on that day for the healing of our land, the rebuilding of our communities and the restoration of our normal and robust way of life.

Praying for rain is not a new phenomenon. Religions the world over have sent prayers for precipitation to their respective gods.

But does praying for rain work? In 2007, after a drier-than-usual summer, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue successfully prayed for rain. While Georgia did get some relief from its record drought, unfortunately there wasn’t enough of a deluge to stave off water rationing and restrictions. At least not that year anyway -– December 2009 saw record rainfall totals across the state, prompting some less-religious constituents to question the length of time it took God to answer their governor’s prayers.

This weekend in Texas, some parts are expected to remain dry and windy, but cooler temperatures and higher humidity in others parts are giving emergency crews some relief. CNN meteorologist Sean Morris said thunderstorms are expected in the region this weekend, but they may not be of much help –- rainfall is expected to be low, and the lightning could spark further wildfires.

Time will tell if the prayers of Gov. Perry and the people of Texas will be answered.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Environment • Politics • Prayer • Texas

soundoff (405 Responses)
  1. 21k

    tom delay brought this scourge upon them.

    April 22, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
    • RobK

      Truly I don't doubt it. I mean Dubya wasn't even a Texan till he built his 99 million dollar "ranch" to campaign in 2000 for after all. I mean anybody dumb enough to vote for a guy that transparent....

      April 22, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
    • PraiseTheLard

      RobK wrote: "I mean anybody dumb enough to vote for a guy that transparent..."

      Are you calling 62,040,610 Americans dumb?

      I'd say you're too kind...

      April 23, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  2. Gert Polick

    Texans – they're praying for rain when they should be praying for brains.

    April 22, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
  3. brittany


    April 22, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
  4. phil

    Y'all voted for that creep.
    He's all yours!
    I pray y'all get some sense!

    April 22, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
  5. my-prayer

    God, please, please, please come like Rick is asking and please stop the fires that are going on in the state of Texas right now. Please, put off whatever you are doing and help us God!!! Please God, don't foresaken us in our time of need. It's getting mighty hot in the state of texas and we could sure use your help because we've slam ran out of other ideas. We're just throwing our hands up and saying "We've had enough God, we could use a little rain now please. And while you're at it could you send us a new governor cause ours went crazy?

    April 22, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
    • RobK

      Prayer's aren't going to help. MOVE!!

      April 22, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
  6. Darth Cheney

    Right wing logic: 1) Destroy the ecosystem, 2) Pray for a miracle, 3) If miracle comes, attribute it to God, 4) If miracle does not come, Armageddon prophecy fulfilled. Hallelujah!

    April 22, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
    • GodisNonsense

      Exactly. And on May 21, when no one goes "poof" to heaven, they will say "oh he spared us".

      April 23, 2011 at 1:20 am |
  7. Seattle Sue

    It won't do any good to pray, if God wanted it stopped, he would not have let it get started burning. In Rev. Falwell words maybe this is the price to pay for being sinners, meaning Rick Perry.

    April 22, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
    • RobK

      Funny the deafening silence from the Mouthpieces of the Republican "Christian" Right on God's wrath NOW, eh?

      April 22, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
    • PraiseTheLard

      I guess the Westboro Baptist church is too busy these days...

      April 23, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  8. ScottinHouston

    I live in Houston and I can honestly say that Rick Perry is an IDIOT. These fires don't need prayer to go away. They need MANPOWER and MONEY.

    He is a fool pandering to fools. Nothing more.

    April 22, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
    • Scott

      OH NO! He’s brilliant! He’s shifting responsibility off of himself and onto god

      April 22, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
  9. ohyeah

    If Rick has God's ear why have we not elected him president? Are we that stupid? Sounds like he is touched by an angel. If the Lord favors Rick then for the love of God get him in office so that him and God can fix all the terrible things that are happening!!!

    April 22, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
    • shlababy

      hahahahaha touched by an angel hahahhaahaha

      April 23, 2011 at 3:12 am |
  10. DE

    joejoefromhouston; as a Texan I can say the northerners are mostly right. Just look at our redneck dominated legislature.

    April 22, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
    • joejoefromhouston

      Right about what? That Texans deserve their homes and property burned? I'm not arguing that Texas has the smartest politicians, but come on. Also, as a Houstonian, I am proud to live in the first major city with a lesbian mayor, and a very bright one at that: we're not all rednecks.

      April 22, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
  11. DE

    Rick Perry is a George Bush clone.

    April 22, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
    • Scott

      OH NO! He’s George Bush on steroids and meth

      April 22, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
  12. Sam

    Have some of Illinois....PLEASE

    April 22, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  13. DE

    Everyday I become more and more embarrassed to say I'm from Texas. I was born and raised here and in the past decade or so it is getting more difficult to live here. We have the most rednecked legislature in the country and the most moronic governor you can imagine.

    April 22, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  14. turnagainoutlaw

    Haha. Crazy religious nuts.

    April 22, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
    • RobK

      Why do you obnoxious trolls have to bring YOUR opinions on religion into everything. I'm as tired of you idiots as I am of the looney right. Small wonder not one productive conversation can be held in the national discourse anymore.

      Anti-religious bigotry is stil BIGOTRY. Keep your opinions to YOURSELF please.

      April 22, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
  15. ohyeah

    We need to elect Rick to the presidency!!! I'm so excited to find out that he has God's ear. We can fix the budget, win all of our wars, fix unemployment. My God, it's a miracle!!! Thank you Rick. You are God's right hand man. I can't wait until you're the president because I just know all of our problems will be over. Your praying is the best way to fix all of these problems. With God as one of your advisors the US will never have any negative issues again. Praise the Lord, Halaliuuaahh!!! Glory be to God!!!

    April 22, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
    • Scott

      Oh yea, from his mouth to god’s ear. Just like Bush, and we’ve all seen how successful he was

      April 22, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
    • PraiseTheLard

      Scott wrote: " Just like Bush, and we’ve all seen how successful he was."

      Well... he did manage to get himself elected president... twice... I'd say that was close to miraculous...

      April 23, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  16. RR

    As a life-long Texan and a Christian, I can only say that Rick Perry is an idiot. During the time it took him to craft this resolution, he could have done something like tapping the "rainy day fund" to send more resources to fight the fires. I appreciate the prayer– I really do- but really? A resolution??

    April 22, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
    • turnagainoutlaw

      Why? Your "god" can't answer prayers?

      April 22, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
    • RobK

      As a Christian and a former Texan, I can only say:

      1) "heckofa job, Perry" and 2) sure glad I got out of that ratsnest!

      April 22, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
  17. joejoefromhouston

    Wow, I'm pretty shocked by all of the commenters who seem to get vindication from Texas being on fire.

    Yeah, our governor is a dingbat, but does that mean we deserve to have our homes burnt to the ground? GW Bush was just as idiotic and he was your president. Does that mean that you deserve to have your house burnt to the ground? BTW, GH Bush and GW Bush are from Connecticut, not Texas.

    April 22, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
    • joejoefromhouston

      And for a Northerner to assume that everyone from Texas is a gun-toting conservative is just as ridiculous as a European assuming that everyone in America is a McDonald's eating fat slob tea bagger.

      April 22, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
    • RobK

      I don't know.

      Did you vote for him? Have you been spouting off all that oil-company provided nonsense about climate change being a scam of those oh-so-well-funded scientific commuity with a supposed "agenda".
      Are you among the fools who voted for Dubya over Kerry because he was someone you thought you'd rather have a beer with him ? Are you happy to live on goverment jobs or subsidies a direct product of taxpayer dollars from NY, Conneticut and Vermont that you then call "Socalists" and insult?

      Seems to me a lot, certainly not all, Texans may need to learn the hard way that you do in fact get what you vote for.
      that's not the same as "wishing your homes are burned to the ground". Of course I don't wish that.

      April 22, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
    • GodisNonsense

      Yeah Joe. Maybe it does indeed. Maybe Texas deserves it for their apathy, and eagerness to please billionaires and corporations that don't care for the little brains they are manipulating.

      April 23, 2011 at 1:15 am |
  18. Thoughtman

    Texas, welcome to the world of Climate Change. Changing weather patterns, more powerful weather events, droughts, floods, etc.. Keep drilling oil and flooding the atmosphere with CO2 and lack of rain will not be the only "biblical" events in Texas or elsewhere. The science is in, when will common sense do the same.

    April 22, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
    • Artist

      It is all god i tell you.

      April 22, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
    • RobK

      The GOP Mantra:

      Drill Baby Drill. Kill Baby Kill. $hill Baby $hill. Anything goes for a buck fifty including their own mother.

      April 22, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
  19. what

    If texas gets rain that stops all these fires we need to make sure that ricky gets elected to the presidency so that he can pray to the God of War for the next conflict we get into. Then we can surely win one with God's help.

    April 22, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  20. Brownie2

    Ah...the Texans. Ah...Gov. Perry. This is the man who was crying to his people to secede from the Union. Now, he's pleading for help from the federal government and from God. One of the greatest sins is hubris...pride. Sometimes God has to bring us to our knees.

    April 22, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
    • Artist

      Ah yes and to show perry he is going to burn half of texas. Yeah thats the ticket. *rolling eyes* god bless delusional people

      April 22, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
    • Callmeishmael

      I know this may sound a bit callous but oh well: It's Texas...who gives a sh**?

      April 22, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
    • Callmeishmael

      Who cares? Texas = world's biggest sh**hole.

      April 22, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
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