This was Lake Travis in Austin, Texas two years ago. It was at its lowest level since 1942 and we were facing the worst drought in Central Texas history. The lake is full when it reaches the level of 681 feet. Christians gathered in May, 2014 to pray for rain when the lake level was at 625 feet. A group of pastors even went before the Austin City Council to call the city to prayer, asking for revival that would come from God when repentance came to our city. We declared that we were going to ask God for rain and for Lake Travis to be completely filled for the first time in many years. I don’t remember getting any “amens” from the council, but we didn’t go expecting that anyway.
Lake Travis has a surface area of 18,000 acres, requiring approximately 326,000 gallons of water to raise one acre one foot. Do the math and you will see that we were asking God for a lot of rain! But within days of our prayer gathering, the rains began. And today, 56 feet of water later, it’s a different view at Lake Travis!
Paul reminds us that we are to “pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.” (Philippians 4:6 NLT)
On Thursday evening at 7 p.m., March 31, less than two years after our first gathering, Christians across the city will gather at Hyde Park Baptist Church to “thank Him for all He has done.”
And the revival? We’ve not seen it yet, but we’ve seen God at work in some unusual ways throughout the city and we will keep asking and looking forward to an incredible gathering to come as we will thank Him for all He has done – when revival comes!