“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Gal. 6:9).
What an amazing time we live in! Much of the Lord’s harvest is ripe and ready all around us and across the globe! At the same time, there are still fields that need to be sown, watered and fertilized before the harvest can be reaped! By faithfully doing good we can join the Father’s work of drawing all men to Himself. Wondrously, the best good the Lord has given us to do for anyone allows us to participate in the harvest at every level–prayer! We can pray for the lost in our own families, our neighborhoods, at school or work, and in unreached people groups living in nations that we may never have the opportunity to get into any other way! We are also privileged and commissioned to pray for all believers, whatever their needs or situations so that their lives will bring honor and glory to the Father. First Timothy 2:1-4 states that we are to pray for everyone, because this is good and pleases God, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
Gracious God, Your harvest is ripe and ready all around me. Give me spiritual eyes to see by the power of Your Holy Spirit, so that I my prayers may bring glory to the kingdom of Your Son, Jesus. Draw my family, neighbors, coworkers and friends to Your heart so that their lives might be given fully to Your plans and purposes. Thank You for the privilege of prayer, and may I continually bow before Your throne in this holy effort.
–Kim Butts, author of The Praying Family (Creative Ways to Pray Together) and co-author, Pray Like the King (Lessons from the Prayers of Israel’s Kings).
Praise God for His creativity. Give glory for the unending variety exhibited in His creation. Thank God for the wonderful way you have been made and for your unique personality, gifts, and talents. Confess any dissatisfaction you have had with the way you have been created. Commit yourself to serving God with your gifts and talents. Ask that God may reveal your spiritual gifts to you and give you opportunity to use them for Him.
Since “no one can come to [Christ] unless the Father . . . draws him” (Jn. 6:44), pray that God will draw your unsaved relatives, friends, and acquaintances (it’s best to name them) to Himself.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend