You Are Praying; Keep Praying!
I want to remind you there are roughly 4 billion unreached people in our world. That’s 6,500 people groups that have little to no access to the Good News about Jesus Christ. Also, there are more than a billion people who are on the edge of physical starvation. The numbers are staggering. You may wonder where we should begin. Jesus told us the answer.
In Matthew 9, we see Jesus surrounded by the multitudes and moved with compassion because they were weary, harassed, and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd (Mt. 9:36). In light of the sick, poor, and needy around Jesus, we might expect Him to give His disciples marching orders to take care of the need, but He told them to pray:
The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest (Mt. 9:36-37).
Again, we might expect Jesus to tell His disciples to pray for these weary and harassed and helplessly scattered people. But that is not what He said. He did not tell them to pray for the lost and scattered. Instead, He told them to pray for God to send laborers.
It was a prayer for the church to go into the fields.
His response should be humbling to us. When Jesus looked at the multitudes of helpless people, His concern does not seem to be for the lost would coming to the Father. His concern seems to be that we, His followers, would not go to the lost.
So, if we think about the billions of people who have not heard the Gospel and if we overlay these words from Jesus, then we begin to realize a clear truth: we are not praying as we should.
So I urge you to pray and keep praying for God to send out laborers into His harvest. Keep praying at your three prayer locations in our community. Increase your prayers for our nation and for the world. Pray for the church to go.
See the Fields
White unto Harvest
Pray for the church to