Tyler McDowell, pastor of Cowboy Cross Brand Church in Stillwater, knows the situation many members of his congregation are up against.
The hay, if they have some, is dwindling and the ponds are drying up if they haven't already taken on the look of a shed snakeskin.
Many who attend his church on Sunday mornings at the Payne County Expo Center Sales Coliseum are ranchers or farmers.
If you can't see the dust and sweat stains on some of their cowboy hats, you can see the concern in their sun-drenched faces, he said.
On Thursday, the U.S. Drought Monitor report showed 99 percent of Oklahoma is in a severe to exceptional drought.
McDowell, 30, of Stillwater, offers a reminder.
“We need to pray for rain, but expect it to happen,” McDowell said. “There's nothing that takes Him by surprise, and there's nothing that's out of His control. So the best thing that we could do is ask Him and rely on Him.
“It's kind of a bittersweet deal because it's the only choice we have, but it's the best choice we can make.”