“Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field’” (Matthew 9:37-38).
Harvest is a season of intense labor. Farmers know they often have just a short period of time when the crops are ready and the weather cooperates to allow them to bring in the harvest before harsh winter weather begins. From early in the morning until late at night, farmers work hard to assure a successful harvest.
There is another kind of harvest that is happening today. It is a harvest of souls. This spiritual harvest is a critical time, much as the fall harvest of crops. It too is a time of intense work in which the laborers cooperate with the Lord of the harvest to reap a harvest of souls.
Most church and mission groups can readily identify with Jesus’ words that the laborers are few. What needs to be emphasized here, however, is the Lord’s command to pray. The first job of the church in the midst of harvest is to pray to the Lord of the harvest for an increase in workers. Are we obeying the Lord’s command? Do we really believe that prayer will make a difference?
Lord of the Harvest, I recognize that I live in a time of unprecedented openness and receptivity to the Gospel message. You have opened more doors for Your people than we can go through. Would You awaken Your Church to the urgency of the hour? Teach me to pray this harvest prayer that Jesus commands me to pray. I ask Father, that You would give me Your heart for the harvest, so that I will always find this prayer for laborers to be on my lips.
–Adapted from Revolution on Our Knees: 30 Days of Prayer for Neighbors and Nations by David and Kim Butts. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise God for his limitless power. Give thanks that God is willing to strengthen you with power through the Spirit within you. Confess any time that you have been weak because you did not avail yourself of his strength. Commit yourself to serving in the strength of the Lord. Ask that out of his glorious riches God will strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being (Eph. 3:16).
Pray for your church’s teachers and counselors that they may communicate Bible truths clearly, live holy lives before God, and be Christ-like examples to those they lead.
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