“But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”
Here we see the Lord Jesus Himself commanding His disciples to pray for labourers to be sent into the harvest. At the same time He is speaking to us His children who have been given the Word of God to read this precious command. He is telling us to pray that someone will go and labour for Him. In Romans 10, we read of “how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent?”
Before the Apostle Paul was sent out from Antioch on his first missionary journey, the people prayed. They had prayed for labourers, and God had answered their prayer through Saul and Barnabas. Paul would become the greatest missionary, outside of the Lord Jesus Christ, to reach the nations with the Gospel.
What would God do, who would He send, if we would only pray for more labourers? How many more nations could be reached? How many more children cared for with the love of Christ?
We may never know this side of heaven what fruit our prayers for labourers has yielded. As we pray, God may burden the heart of the next Charles Spurgeon to once again reach two continents for the Lord’s glory. As we pray, He may raise up another soul winner to reach the forgotten peoples who have never heard the Name of Jesus. As we pray, we may also find that God burdens our own hearts to reach others for Him. We can also be one of the labourers we have prayed that the Lord would send.
Will you labour for Christ today? Someone is waiting to hear about Him.
Leviticus 25-26 | Luke 10 | Psalm 28
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