Text: Matthew 9 (Genesis 17-18)
When Jesus encountered crowds of people, presumably lost in their sins and confused in life, He felt compassion for them, saying:
““The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:37-38)
The answer for all human troubles is Jesus. And the way troubled folks receive Jesus is through His people. Here Jesus uses the picture of a crop that is ready for harvest – people whose hearts are longing for something better, for relief, for freedom, for healing. He tells His followers to ask the Lord to send workers out into that harvest field. As Christians, you and I are the roles of both the followers and the workers. Notice that Jesus does not say to pray for new workers, but rather that the workers would be sent. This is the prayer of our church; “Lord, we are surrounded by people who are lost and condemned. Father, please send workers out to tell them of Jesus.” That said, sometimes when we pray we ourselves are God’s answer to our prayers. Think, and pray (and perhaps act) on that.
in Him, Mike