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POSTED: Friday, April 22, 2011 - 5:17pm

UPDATED: Saturday, April 23, 2011 - 3:43pm

EL PASO - The temperature's rising, fires are raging across the state, and now a political debate is heating up.

The State of Texas is desperate for rain. More than 8,000 wildfires across the state have burned more than 1.8 million acres of land and destroyed almost 400 homes. The sky hasn't dropped one significant bit of water in three months. Firefighters are exhausted. That's why Governor Rick Perry has issued an official state proclamation for prayer in effect through Easter Sunday. That's not sitting well with everyone.

"He as our governor, as our leader, should not make policy or comments based on religious ideology. So, I'm 100% against it," Isaac Montes said.

"People are always talking about the power of prayer, and it helps people personally and I see no problem with asking people to pray. If people object to it then they don't have to pray," David Flynn said.

One El Pasoan says the call to pray for rain to end the wildfires could end Governor Perry's political career.

"I really don't think he should be putting religion into it just because people, a lot of people, that do support him are not necessarily religious," Stephanie Gutierrez said.

Another El Pasoan says the idea of prayer is simply about Texans coming together, because we're all suffering in this drought.

"Well I think that it doesn't necessarily have to be a religious thing to say pray. When we say pray, it can mean just a hope or to send positive thoughts. So it's not saying 'take out your bible, let's look up a prayer and have it for our state,'" Eliza Kirkpatrick said.

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What is wrong with asking for prayer? Regardless of what religion you are, I am sure every religion has some type of ritual such as prayer. I think it is of good character for him to ask us to come together in this time of economic desperation and pray for one another; our country and government. And praying for a little rain would be a blessing for all those enduring the wild fires.

As the Sustainer, God continuously confers life (Psalm 104:10-32). He is life (John 14:6), and all creation is held together by the power of Christ (Colossians 1:17). Even those who reject God receive their sustenance from Him: “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matthew 5:45). To think that man can live without God is to suppose a sunflower can continue to live without light or a rose without water.

I commend Governor's proclamation for days of prayer,America was founded under Christian principles and I am comforted our Governor has not lost sight of that.
I'm disappointed for those against the so-called "religious ideology",prayer is a way of life for many American's. If prayer offends you, oh well. Easter is a widely accepted tradition for Christians for action, I'm tempted to called it "hate speech" for speaking out against days of prayer. I won't go there, God Bless Texas and haters.

We come to God with our specific requests, and we have God's promise that our prayers are not in vain, even if we do not receive specifically what we asked for (Matthew 6:6; Romans 8:26-27). He has promised that when we ask for things that are in accordance with His will, He will give us what we ask for (1 John 5:14-15). Sometimes He delays His answers according to His wisdom and for our benefit. In these situations, we are to be diligent and persistent in prayer (Matthew 7:7; Luke 18:1-8). Pray

oh no; your governor sees there is a MAJOR problem in his state and calls for those who choose to pray; pray.

he's not holding a gun to your heathen head and making you pray or anything else. get over it.

your state is in dire need of rain and as history will show, Almighty God hears and answers prays from those who believe.

go fishing; shopping; eating or whatever trips your trigger but leave the praying to the believers. it won't hurt you. i promise......

Prayer is not religion.

Since I am a believer of God and prayer, I have the duty to warn those who are not: believe in God Who is love. I never thought I'd be a bible thumper but with all wars in the east and the killings in the south and the earthquakes and floods and fires and hate, and with the Virgin Mary appearing daily to warn people to convert, I'd be a loser to chose death. I always believed but I never believed that in my life-time I'd see proof & now I've seen it in medjugorje miracles.Believe it or not.

Dude, if you're not part of the solution, stand back and make sure you're not part of the problem.

Message of March 02, 2011 "Dear children; My motherly heart suffers tremendously as I look at my children who persistently put what is human before what is of God; at my children who, despite everything that surrounds them and despite all the signs that are sent to them, think that they can walk without my Son. They cannot! They are walking to eternal perdition. That is why I am gathering you, who are ready to open your heart to me, you who are ready to be apostles of my love, to help me; ...

The crock of malarky is that his plea 4help became religious debate. His message is clear:the fires are at catastrophic proportions & rain, at this point, would be of monumental help. Unless you have a rain machine, praying for rain is what we should've been doing from the get-go. The Virgin Mary appears daily in Medjugorje &says that with prayer you can even stop wars.She also said "Open your hearts to me. Give your sufferings to me. The Mother will help." http://www.medjugorje.org/index.html

Lord, I pray for rain for Texas to help us all. Be with those that need the water more than us but be mindful Lord of the need we have for rain
Amen.

I can't believe that EPISO can question political candidates and grade them, and no one complains that this is not separation of church and state. But now that the governor asks people to pray for rain, people are complaining. Some of these people in El Paso need to get a life,

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