About 30 people gathered in and around the gazebo on the north side of the Graham Square Saturday evening. Their purpose was as specific as it was urgent: To pray for rain.

Stage 3 water restrictions went into effect a month ago, and many Graham residents have taken notice, including Naoma Cline, who was in attendance.

“We're going to make it rain,” Cline said.

When two or more people meet in God's name, God's will shall be done, she said.

In fact, it did rain early Monday morning in Graham a total of .54 inches, according to the National Weather service, and County Judge John Bullock said at the Young County Commissioners Court meeting that same day that his land near Newcastle received about an inch of rain.

Many city leaders showed up to the Pray for Rain gathering, including Graham Chamber/CVB CEO Jennifer Conway and her husband, 90th District Assistant D.A. Ryan Conway.

“Graham is a strong Christian community,” Jennifer Conway said. “We have 42 churches in our community, and many of us believe in the power of prayer. And so we're coming together knowing where we are in a point of desperation.”

Read the entire story in Wednesday's Graham Leader.