“Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them” (Psalm 126:5-6).
God promises a bountiful harvest to those who sow with tears. Indeed their reaping will be with shouts of joy (Ps. 126:5-6). The agricultural picture of a ripe crop ready for harvest is far removed from the day to day experience of most urban Christians. To have a harvest there must be plowing, seed sowing and cultivation. Each worker who prepares the soil, plants seed, cultivates or harvests contributes by fulfilling his task. No task is insignificant (1 Cor. 3:6-9).
Faith is required to see the harvest before the first blade sprouts from the soil. In the parable of the sower, Jesus likens the good seed to the word of God sown into hearts (Mt. 13:19; Lk. 8:11). There are real obstacles to the healthy maturity of a sprouting seed. An adequate water supply is critical for an abundant harvest.
Wesley Deuwel said, “Prayer is God’s ordained means to prepare God’s highway through spiritually dry and arid places, and prayer is God’s ordained way to bring the refreshing water of God’s Spirit to barren lives. The more you pray, the more the water of the Spirit flows. The more you pray the more the seed sown is watered. The prayer you pray has the potential to turn any heart or desert into a garden of the Lord.”
–Adapted from Chapter 75 of Giving Ourselves to Prayer (Prayer for the Harvest by Paula Hemphill)
Father, increase my faith today! The kind of faith that believes in the significance of each small act within the harvest…the preparation of the soil, the seed planting, watering…and waiting as You bring forth the fruit of such labor. May I be willing to take my place in the harvest…whichever role within it Your Spirit leads me into. May my heart be continually willing to intercede so that the hearts of the lost might be brought into Your kingdom!
Shout Hallelujah! to the Lord God Almighty. Praise God for his power and glory. Thank him for salvation (Rev. 19:1). Confess how rarely in recent days you have meditated on God’s wisdom and strength. Commit yourself to thinking more about what you can do for God, rather than what God can do for you. Ask for a renewed sense of awe about God’s character, for a greater hunger to know him.
Pray for family members or friends who hold God at arm’s length. Plead for personal peace and joy in Christ, so they will want what you have.
“Prayer is not conquering God’s reluctance, but taking hold of God’s willingness.”
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend