North Texas Praying For Rain To Beat The Heat

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – After 25 consecutive days of triple digit weather North Texans are resorting to just about anything to bring relief.

Ralph Garcia is looking for help from high above in front of an icon of the Virgin of Guadalupe, where he prays every day.

Lately, it’s more about the weather than anything else.  “I pray for God to take care of me throughout this day,” says Garcia.

Garcia prays he survives the heat.  He has no air conditioner at home and comes to his friend’s house near the Stockyards to get away.  “I would rather be outside than inside,” says Garcia. “It feels cooler to me.”

Esther Luna has also turned to the most powerful tool she can think of.  “I pray for rain right now, we need the rain,” says Luna. “All we can do is pray.”

The last time North Texas had so many straight days with temperatures 100-degrees or above was in 1998, when DFW reached 29 straight days above the century mark.

The all-time record was set in 1980 with 42 straight days above 100.

“It’s too hot!  “I’ve never remember it being this hot and I’m 80 years old!” says Joyce Greer, who lives in Fort Worth.   “I just pray for everyone having to work outside.”

Whether you buy it or not, believers are learning on their faith when the rain won’t fall.

A number of charitable organization like Meals on Wheels and Catholic Charities have been installing air conditioning units inside people’s homes.  If you need one, call 211.


One Comment

  1. Cole Younger says:

    people crying about the heat in Texas needs to leave, this is Tex it is supposed to be hot ………………………I love it ……I help you pack ………..

  2. Catholic in Leander says:

    Miss Doost: I commend you on reporting that Christian believers are praying? However, why the commentary in a news story?… I am referring to your comment at the end where you state: “Whether you buy it or not, believers are leaning on their faith when the rain won’t fall”

  3. Skipping says:

    Nothing wrong with prayer, but it’s really not much of a plan or strategy. It rates right up there with hope.

    1. James says:

      The People praying are not just “sitting there” Friend. They are out every day working extremely hard and sweating.

    2. Bryan Verdin says:

      Then you nothing about real hope. All my hope is placed on a real man who lived, died, and lives again and who is really coming back. I hope simply because I’m not with the Lord yet.

      Romans 8 24:25 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

      When I go to heaven to be with my Lord, then there will no longer be a need to hope.

    3. muddahen says:

      And faith. God isn’t Santa Claus, but He does answer prayer!

  4. desert dweller says:

    Everyone in this country needs to turn to prayer!! America has turned from almighty God and look whats happened..time to wise up and return to the Lord of Creation to straighten out the mess people have gotten this country in..!!

    1. James says:

      Amen Brother….look at what the porn culture has brought Us. Getting worse every day.

    2. chad says:

      This is the problems with most Christians, well I quest all I can do is pray!
      We should be praying always God should be glorified when times are good or bad, whether your on top of the mountain or in a valley. We will have tribulation in this life. But if you think about it He may be bring the heat and tribulation for a call to repent and turn to Him. God wants us to humble ourselves and repentence is to agree with Him. But I quess all we can do is pray!
      Prayer and time spent with the Lord is the most important thing that we can do.
      All the calamity in the world has been self imposed by man and God allowed it by giving us free will. But God is true and faithful. He says, if you draw nye to me I will draw nye to you.

  5. jlue says:

    Prayer should never be “a last resort”. Do we not insult our Creator when we behave as if we only pray when we are desperate and then we wonder if He will help? Christians should pray every day and know that God hears and that God does honor prayer. The drought in Georgia ended after governor Perdue delcared a day of prayer a couple of years ago. We should thank God for this. Skipping, Prayer is a great strategy if a person is a child of God. Mark 7:11″If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

    1. Steve says:

      Amen. Be in prayer constantly. God will listen to His children. Will he listen to the rest of the nation who are not His? Only if they humble themselves before Him and repent. He causes the rains to fall on the righteous and the unrighteous.

      1. Steve says:

        The problem is this man is praying to an idol, not the true God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob. May the Lord open his eyes and heart and show him the Way the Truth and the Life.

      2. "THE ONE" Messes with Texas says:

  6. J Alan says:

    Not a damn thing wrong with Prayer. Many millions do it every day.
    Dumb article, dumber Writer.

  7. DrMabuse says:

    Oh, puh-leeeeze! Mumbo-jumbo doesn’t make it rain. If praying doesn’t work, is a sacrifice next?

    1. don brightwell says:

      it’s already been made, Doofus.

      1. k smith says:

        good answer

      2. DrMabuse says:

        Well, Donny, using big words, are we?

    2. don brightwell says:

      dear mr. i’ll take my superior intellect to hell, thank you: oh, never mind.

      1. chad says:

        Becareful what you wish for Hell is eternal and there will be weeping and nashing of teeth, worms crawling in your flesh I don’t think that where you really want to go. I’ll pray for you!!! Jesus can change your life it’s a free gift if you accept him as your Lord and savior.

  8. NYC agnostic says:

    Guess prayer is better than a sacrificial being. Would you rather someone be killed to make it rain?

    Better yet, bring back ‘PACMAN’ Jones……he can ‘make it rain’. Call Jerry, he’ll make it happen.

    1. don brightwell says:

      reprobate- the condition of mind that makes no distinction between the truth and a lie; fortunately for you, nyc ag., God specializes in saving reprobates

  9. Ron says:

    Nothing fails like prayer!

    1. don brightwell says:

      you’re absolutely right, ron baby, you’re prayers won’t be answered. without repentance, salvation is impossible.

    2. RAAAAAAAAA says:

      Amen, Mr. Ron!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe they would have better luck doing a rain dance!!!!

  10. Tatiana Covington says:

    Just wait 3 months, it’ll cool down. Besides, don’t you know that summer is hot? Prayer won’t do anything, stupid. Air conditioning… or going somewhere cool… now that might actually work!

    1. RAAAAAAAAA says:

      Finally, Someone who has a sensible comment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. itdoeswork says:

    Hmmm…no rain…..prayed…….Tropical Storm “Don” coming……hmmmm…rain!

    1. CB says:

      Yeah, freakishly coincidental isn’t it????? Really pays to pray for rain during hurricane season, that way you don’t look so much like a d*mn idiot. You really want to impress us with the power of prayer, ask for snow in August in west Texas. See how far that gets ya…

      1. don brightwell says:

        see comment about unanswered prayer above.

      2. don brightwell says:

        Jesus, do another trick for us. If you’re really the Son of God, come down off that cross.

      3. alnga says:

        praise GOD you speak rightly. You speak unashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the letter written to the believers at Rome .Please continue to direct others to the reality of Christ in this day and at this time.

  12. Early Ardmore says:

    Let’s see …. people are being murdered by drones, starving to death, dying from lack of fresh water, disease and eugenics programs, but attention god, focus your power so we can have some rain because it’s hot in Texas.

    “For centuries, theologians have been explaining the unknowable in terms of the-not-worth-knowing.” ~ H. L. Mencken


    1. don brightwell says:

      HLMencken: rotting in his grave. The Master:not!

    2. jlue says:

      Early Ardmore, I realize that this seems confusing to many people, but God does care about small things as well as large. He wants us to pray for the things we need and for those who are starving and dying. We live in a lost and dying world. With disobedience, sin, death and suffering entered the world, but God still cares and he still hears our prayers. A day is coming when there will be no more pain and suffering. Until then we must help those around us as much as we can and care about the people in Sudan as well as those in TX. Praying for them is one of the things we can do.

  13. don brightwell says:

    It’s been fun guys, but as my friend Forrest said, “I’m tired, think I’ll go home”

  14. Bob W says:

    From the Book of Revelation 3:20
    New King James Version (NKJV) Bible

    “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”

    I can only speak for myself. I was a skeptic until I took a chance and opened the door to Christ, asking Him to come into my life. When I did, I became a different person — a much better person. I have never felt lonely since that time I accepted Christ in the early Eighties while watching the 700 Club. I pray for the people so adversely affected by the hot weather in Texas. Their future here on Earth may not be easy, but it’s much easier with Christ in one’s life, and eternal life in Heaven awaits those who accept Him as their Lord and Savior. There’s only one path to Heaven and only one God, contrary to what those who are lost claim. I recommend that those who are non believers “open the door” before it’s too late to do so.

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