The Lord’s Command to Pray

“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 was a time of intense labor. Farmers knew they often had just a short period of time when the crops were ready and the weather would cooperate to allow them to bring in the harvest before harsh winter weather began. From early in the morning until late at night, farmers worked hard to assure a successful harvest.

In Matthew 9:37-38 Jesus refers to a harvest of souls that is ready to be brought in and a lack of willing workers. Many churches can identify with His statement. What we need to emphasize 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.

Lord of the Harvest, please send workers into the harvest fields. And please begin with me. Show me how You want me to serve You in finishing the task of world evangelization in my day. Teach me to pray in such a way that souls are drawn to You. I pray that, according to Psalm 2, You would receive Your inheritance of the very ends of the earth.

–Taken from Prayer and the End of Days (Praying God’s Purposes in Troubled Times) by David Butts.  (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).

Prayer Points
Praise Jesus as the one who “rose again from the dead” and “ascended to heaven” where he is “seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.” Thank God for access to him through Jesus the Intercessor. Confess any skepticism of God’s willingness to hear your prayers. Commit yourself to living under the flag of King Jesus today. Ask the ascended King to rule over even the details of your life.

Pray that the children in your circle of close contacts will know that they belong to the King of heaven and earth. Ask God to help you model the dignity of living for Jesus.

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend  (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).