‘He withholds the rain when the people are in sin.’
‘We prayed for rain and within six weeks to that very night our dam was not only full but it overflowed!’ Diane Miltenburg reported.
This was more than a few years ago and unfortunately not during the current drought impacting large swathes of the continent.
This was another time, another drought as Diane shared her story.
Locals at Mount Morgan in Central Queensland in a drought-affected area had been praying for rain and one of those taking part was Diane Miltenburg.
The year was 2007 when Christians had come together to pray that God would intervene and break the drought.
Now this wasn’t the first such occasion. The first God drought relief encounter goes back to the turn of the century.
“It was in the year 2000 in October with Mount Morgan about to turn off the pumps. We were out of water,” Diane said.
We needed water
“The dam was virtually empty and we were about to pump the sludge from the bottom of the dam.”
Although the dam wall had been raised so the dam could hold more water, the catchment area was still too small for the dam.
Long story short – “We needed a lot of water quickly,” said Diane.
2000 was the year Vision Radio came to Mount Morgan and that was a very good thing.
Another very good thing was when a Christian inspired by the Word of God, called Diane to share with her what the Lord had put on her heart.
A lady rang me to say, ‘I’ve been reading in the Word where God withholds the rain when the people are in sin.
“She felt we should get together and pray and I said that’s not a bad idea and I rang up all the church ministers,” Diane recalled saying the response from the local church leaders was positive.
The dam overflowed
“We came together, prayed for rain and within six weeks to that very night our dam was not only full but it overflowed!”
To fill the dam and have it overflow required a lot of water. Perhaps it can be said God doesn’t do things by halves. Certainly the catchment area wasn’t big enough to do that.
Another consideration to raise the miracle flag higher was the fact this wasn’t seasonal rain. Entirely unseasonal.
We had unseasonal rain at that particular point of time.
Even the local media responded to the prayer resulting downpour.
“It started with ABC radio and the Morning Bulletin also became involved. The ABC did interviews and at first they were quite positive.”
Remember this was the year 2000, a time when Christianity was better received by main-stream media.
“But after a few weeks and less rain to write home about, it was like, ‘God, what are You doing?’ they’re going to come to me and say, ‘Where is your God now?’”
God filled the dam!
It was then that Diane received a vision.
“God showed me a vision of the dam full.”
“I just knew He was going to fill the dam, and He did!”
That was followed with a thanksgiving dinner confident that God would keep the water flowing.
That was the 2000 scenario. No water at all. Come 2007 the drought wasn’t as drastic. But it was still a drought.
“In 2007 we had about 100 days’ worth of water when we had our second prayer meeting.” In fact, at this prayer meeting they thanked God for giving them the problem!
God’s people to humble themselves
“We stood on the Word in 2 Chronicles 7:14 which is used quite regularly.” But Diane was drawn to an earlier event when Solomon was dedicating the temple.
“God said, ‘If I withhold the rain, that came before ‘if my people will humble themselves’ if I withhold the rain,” quoted Diane.
It’s God’s people who have to humble themselves and on behalf of their area, their town, their nation, to ask for forgiveness for the sins of the nation.
“God will hear from heaven and He will open the heavens and send that rain,” Diane declared before sharing another story.
“I think it was in 2003 we went out to Barcaldine and Alpha and stood with the churches there.”
Diane said they were singing the first hymn ‘How Great Thou Art’ when it happened.
‘You will open the storehouse of rain’
“It started pouring! When God’s people come together He hears from heaven and He will open the heavens and send that much-needed rain.”
To the current devastating drought and Diane Miltenburg was keen to pray.
“Lord, we thank You and praise You that Your Word is for us today as it was when it was first written. We thank you that as we humble ourselves and pray and seek Your face, You will hear from heaven.”
“You will open the storehouse of rain and pour it out on the land of Australia on every area where it is needed. And we thank You Father as we stand together as one, as we ask for forgiveness of the sins of our nation, we know Father God that You are going to hear and You will send the much-needed rain as You have in the past.”
Your Word is true and we take hold of the promise that you have given each and every one of us. So we do humble ourselves before You and we thank You now that the rain will fall on this land of Australia, in Jesus name, Amen.”
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Diane Miltenburg is an experienced Coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry.
She is skilled in Theology, Nonprofit Organizations, Event Planning, Coaching, and Nonprofit Management.