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Is praying for rain the answer to the Australian drought?


If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14

Many Christians are calling for the nation to pray for rain in order to to ease the current drought in our country. However is this the answer?

In 2 Chronicles 7:14 prayer is only one of the four steps required in order for God to hear our plea, forgive our sin and heal our land. Therefore, it follows, that our prayers will not be heard if we do not address the other three steps.

The first step listed is to humble ourselves. Abarim Publications has  the following to say about the word ‘humble’:

The root-verb ענכ (kana’) is generally thought to mean to be humbled, subdued, or brought into subjection, but more fundamentally, this verb describes the process of synchronicity; bringing elements from a wild, feral state into a state of common order and mutual benefit (like, say, a trade agreement). State formation depends on synchronicity, but, more fundamentally, so does language formation. [Ed: the structured use of words is linked to the expression of the Law.]

Synchronicity may demand the abandonment of one’s naturally free state, which some thinkers interpret as a wholesale loss of freedom. But in fact, the secondary freedom gained (say: the ability to converse) from this initial loss (giving up growling and howling and having to agree on words) is far greater….

The strength of a group is proportional to its level of synchronicity, and the principles of laughter and harmonic music may have originated as demonstrations of strength (namely group-synchronicity) rather than entertainment…

About half of the thirty six occurrences of this verb in the Bible occurs in the reports of military campaigns (Nehemiah 9:24). A large portion of the other occurrences deal with a king’s submission to God (1 Kings 21:29)….

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