Nevada faith leaders belonging to various religions and denominations are gathering in Sparks on February one for an afternoon of prayers urging for divine intervention in view of persistent drought conditions in Western USA.
Distinguished religious statesman Rajan Zed, who is coordinating this Nevada Multi-faith Drought Relief Prayers Service, states that leaders of Christian (various denominations), Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Native American, Baha’i, etc., faiths will pray in their respective traditions and scriptural languages seeking God’s blessings for rain and snow.
According to reports, currently over 81% area of the West is facing drought conditions. Many counties in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah have been declared as drought disaster areas; with California, Nevada and Oregon as worst affected, Zed points out.
Reports suggest that about 97% of Nevada is in drought, with all its counties designated as disaster counties. Most of Nevada is under “Extreme” and “Severe” drought categories; but part of the state is under the highest D4 category of drought known as “Exceptional Drought”. Many Nevada farmers are considering not irrigating this year, which will reportedly be first time in recorded history, Rajan Zed adds.
Organizers; declaring February one as a “day of prayer for rain, moisture and snow”; are asking all Nevadans belonging to diverse faiths to join them in prayers at three pm, wherever they are, for two minutes of prayers. They are also urging Nevada churches and other religious centers to hold prayer-sessions at three pm on February one to help farmers, ranchers and other residents, Zed notes.
When God will see Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Native American, Baha’i, etc., leaders sitting together in unity and harmony and praying in diverse traditions, God will be naturally moved to provide the devotees relief from drought so that it will not affect their quality of life, livelihood and health, Rajan Zed says.
Joseph E. Johnson, President of Sparks Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who is Co-Coordinator of this Service, stresses: Our belief is that prayers are answered and connect us with God. We also need to be responsible stewards of what God has given us.
Sparks Mayor Geno R. Martini will also participate in this Nevada Multi-faith Drought Relief Prayers Service.