Christians say mountain prayers led to fire-stopping rain

A GROUP of Christians who rushed to the Blue Mountains to pray for rain say it's time for God to be given credit for the 'miracle' which unfolded on Tuesday.

Pastor Daniel Nalliah, of Catch the Fire Ministries, said amidst the 'negative hype of the media' and accurate reporting of fire authorities, one thing 'slipped the eyes of the nation'.

"At the begining of this week the weather bureau's predictions were mid 30s and definitely no one spoke of rain on Tuesday,'' the controversial pastor said in a media release on Friday.

"Well, even poor Tony Abbott was accused of causing the disaster by the Greens MP Adam Bandt, blaming it on climate change because our PM wants to abolish the Carbon Tax.

"Well, at least there are a few people who really know as to who is in control of the climate. 

Pastor Nalliah said he promptly responded to a dream he had on Tuesday at 3am to call on Christians across Australia to pray for rain.

He said he felt compelled to go to the Blue Mountains and pray.

Pastor Nalliah said he called Christians across Australia to pray all day, including a special time of prayer from 3pm to 4pm across the country. 

A few hours later he landed in Sydney and was rushed in an awaiting car to the Blue Mountains, where he was met by 30 other Christians, only 10 minutes away from one of the worst fires.

"From 3pm to 4pm falling on their knees in prayer, they cried out to God for protection and asked Him to send the necessary rain so that the disaster may be averted,'' the church's statement said.

"While praying the 'miracle' started as it started to rain right there in the Blue Mountains. 

"On Tuesday night of 22nd Oct there was a soaking rain which fell all across the bush fire areas in the Blue Mountains. This rain was not at all predicted by the weather bureau.  In fact, some Fire Department Officials called it a 'Miracle'. 

Fire Chief Shane Fitzsimmons stated, "The Blessing which came on Tuesday night and the moisture helped control the fires". 

"We thank our brave firefighters, SES personnel and government officials for a  job well done, But let's not forget to thank God for answering prayer and sending the much needed 'miracle' rain on Tuesday night.

"When will the media give some credit to God for the rain?''

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