Pastors organize day of prayer, fasting for rain

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A group of Austin area pastors is asking people to pray and fast for rain.

The half-dozen pastors, led by Will Davis, Jr. and Trey Kent, are bringing people together for a second time to pray and fast to ask God to fill Lake Travis and bring rain to Central Texas in light of the historic drought. The group is asking people across Central Texas to pray and fast in the name of rain on May 22. They will hold a special service that day at 7 p.m. at Hyde Park Baptist Church on 3901 Speedway to commemorate the event.

“Rain represents the presence of God, and the favor of God,” said Will Davis, Jr., Austin Christian Fellowship senior pastor. “We can’t make it rain. All we can do is ask and humble ourselves and see if God will come through. In the past when we’ve done it, He’s done it. So we are praying for more.”

This group’s first organized “prayer for rain” meet-up was at the Austin City Council meeting on May 15 where they stood in the city council chambers and prayed Lake Travis would return to its 681 foot levels, at which point the lake is considered full, soon.

“I’ve never really got Him saying no,” said Davis. “I hear Him saying wait, I’ve got things going on that you don’t know about, or yes, big fat hairy audacious, yes.”

The group of pastors is just the latest to voice its concerns on the dire drought in Central Texas. The Texas state climatologist said the current drought already could become the worst in Texas history by next year. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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