‘You must ask for rain from the LORD, in the time of the latter rain!… The LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain — to everyone…in the field!’ Zechariah 10:1.
Even in the season in which rain may naturally be expected, Jehovah is to be acknowledged as its Sender — and prayer is to be made for it. Rain is the natural requisite of agricultural and national prosperity essential to a country’s welfare. The weather gives heavy rain for some three weeks till the end of the first week in April. These were the ‘latter rains’ of Scripture, resulting in very abundant crops of winter grain.
When the Church pours out a fullness of prayer, God will pour out a fullness of His Spirit. The drought-stricken Old Testament Church finally learned to plead with God for rain. And God then answered, with the plenteous outpouring of His Spirit on the New Testament Day of Pentecost (Luke 24:49 and Acts 2:1-4,17-21).
Calvin comments: “He bids them to ‘ask rain of Jehovah.’ They ought indeed to have done this of themselves, without being reminded. For though Christ has delivered to His Church a form of prayer, it ought yet to be as it were the dictate of nature to seek from God our daily bread….
“The Prophet then does here reprove the Jews for their brutal stupidity — that they did not ask for rain from the Lord. He adds, ‘at the late season’…. For rains at two seasons were necessary for the corn — after sowing, and before harvest…. Whenever Scripture speaks of fruitfulness or of a large produce, it mentions rain at these two seasons.
“Zechariah in this place only refers to the vernal (rain), before harvest. For in that hot country, the earth wanted new moisture. ‘Ask,’ he says, (for) ‘rain’ — at the beginning of summer!
‘Jehovah,’ he adds, ‘will give’ it! ‘He will make clouds’ or storms or boisterous winds…. It is evident…that cheziyziym means clouds, which are…preparations for rain. He then says that ‘a shower would come with the rain’…. The Prophet…had said that the rains would be continued until the ground was saturated and the dryness removed….
“‘He will give rain — a shower!’ That is, abundant rain! ‘To everyone!’… So that there may be moisture enough for the ground…. He promises a plentiful irrigation, so that drought might not deprive them of the hope of food and support….
“Grant, Almighty God, that…we may learn to recumb on that help which You have promised…in Your only-begotten Son!… May we look upward and seek the aid of Your Spirit, so that we may…be equal to our enemies and even be victorious over them until…we shall reach that blessed rest which has been obtained for us by the blood of Your only Son. Amen!”
Ask God for refreshing rain, after the drought of sin! Have you yet so asked?