Rick Scarborough, the man behind the “40 days to save America” — he puts on events like this every few years; it keeps the money flowing in — participated in a conference call with Rick Perry and claimed that the prayer rally Perry hosted in Houston last August brought miraculous rain to the state and ended the year-long drought.
Let me just say this, a lot of folk were aware that Texas had the worst drought in our history two years ago into last year, Governor Rick Perry called a statewide season of prayer and fasting and more than 30,000 people showed up personally at Reliant Stadium in downtown Houston where our football team plays. He led that complete day in prayer and fasting for God to break the drought, a lot of people criticized him in the press. But what a few people failed to take note of is a drought everyone said would take Texans years to get over, we began getting rain, it actually rained a bit that very day, but a few months later it began to rain, we had seasons where we had record rainfalls for a period of time and even now we are having rain. I attribute the breaking of that drought and the renewal of our resources as a state to the godly leadership of a governor who was not ashamed to humble himself before the world and become a part of leading our state in prayer…
A lot of folk criticized the calling of that prayer event and they missed the understanding that God didn’t answer the breaking of the drought that day but within six months our lakes were back up to normal, our farmers were harvesting hay, cattle crops were saved, the fires across the state subsided. I am privileged to live in a state that is covered by a governor like Governor Rick Perry…
I had mentioned while you were waiting for you to get on the call about the impact of our Response at Reliant Stadium and how the press was willing to mock the calling of the prayer and fasting but had failed to document that what everyone thought would take years to replenish our lakes and streams almost happened in three months. It began raining, this year our farmers had a record year of harvesting their hay and I take all of that back to a courageous call of a governor of a state to the people to pray and fast, and the fact that you led in that day which I was certainly in the audience and participating in.
This isn’t true, of course. 80% of Texas is still experiencing drought conditions that range from severe to extreme to exceptional (the highest level measured). Here’s the current drought map for Texas. Most of the high plains states are still in exceptional drought conditions. Do people in those states not pray? Or does God only listen if you get groups of 30,000 or more in a stadium to pray?
In fact, Perry first ordered three days of prayer and fasting for rain from April 22-24 of last year. At that time, 17% of the state was under “exceptional drought” conditions, 53% in extreme drought and 24% was in severe drought. A month later, 44% was in exceptional drought, 35% extreme and 13% severe. by August 2, just before the big stadium prayer rally, 73% of the state was in exceptional drought, 18% extreme and 7% severe. One month after the prayer rally, 88% of the state was in exceptional drought, 9% extreme and 2% severe. On October 4, the results were identical. It wasn’t until mid-October, more than two months later, that the drought began to recede.
Of course, none of this matters. Droughts don’t last forever and it was inevitable that the conditions would improve to some degree. And even if it was a year later, the wingnuts would still claim that there was a direct causal relationship between their big money-making rallies and the inevitable weather cycles.