Then he said to his disciples, “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 (ESV)
I have called you. I have sent you. You are now working as one of my laborers in my harvest. You will go where I guide you. You will do what I ask of you. Yes Lord, I heard your call. It gives me great joy to be sent to do work that you have given me to do for you. I will do whatever you ask of me. I will go wherever you guide me. That is very good.
Have you noticed that the harvest is plentiful? Have you noticed that the laborers in my harvest are few? Yes, there have been many times that I have felt overwhelmed by the work that needed to be done. I have been discouraged by the so few that have stepped forward to do your work. Don’t be discouraged. I am with you to help you. I will strengthen you. I will revive and refresh your life. I will work in and through you. Your work for me will never be in vain. I will make you able to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. You can come to rely on me. I will come to you for all the help that I will need. That is very good.
What help do you need right now? I need you to send out more laborers into your harvest. That is a good prayer. That is a prayer that is according to my will. I am glad that you are asking this of me. Why is that? You tell me. You want me to acknowledge that you are in charge of the harvest. You will help me to work in your harvest. Yes, I will. But it is still your harvest. Yes, it is my harvest. You will guide the work of my hands in your harvest. Yes, I will. But it is you who will make me to be fruitful working in your harvest. Yes, I will. Apart from you I can do nothing. That’s right. My working harder would never bear the amount of fruit that more of your workers can accomplish. That’s true. You want me to acknowledge not only that it is your harvest and also that it is your workers that you will bring into your harvest. As I pray, I will be dependent on you to make me fruitful and to bring other workers alongside me to labor together in your harvest. So, I will pray earnestly for you to send more workers into you harvest. That will be very good.
Lord, I will pray earnestly to you to send out more workers into your harvest. Just as you called me, I know that you will call others. Just as you sent me, I know that you will send others. Use us all to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Amen
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