“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).
This instruction from Jesus is repeated in Luke 10:2 and with a slightly different approach in John 4:35-38. Notice that Jesus does not ask the disciples to pray for a bountiful harvest; it is already “plentiful.” God has made sure through His own work in people that there would be an amazing harvest of souls. What is needed in every generation is “laborers.” Why is it necessary to pray for more “laborers?” Here are some points to consider:
1. The laborer must know the heart of the “Lord of the harvest.”
2. The laborer must work in cooperation with the “Lord of the harvest.”
3. The laborer must be willing to go where he or she is sent by the “Lord of the harvest.”
4. The laborer must realize that what is harvested is there because the “Lord of the harvest” was working first to bring souls to the point of being harvested.
This humble attitude is reflected in a quote I found; “I am not reaping the harvest; I scarcely claim to be sowing the seed; I am hardly ploughing the soil; but I am gathering out the stones. That, too, is missionary work; let it be supported by loving sympathy and fervent prayer!” (Robert Bruce, Scottish missionary to the Iranian Muslims in the late 1800’s.
This quote reflects what we are finding in so many places. There is a sad void in understanding the biblical foundation for missions in the plan and purpose of God and therefore the vision for missions is short-sighted, blurry, or not even there. To clear the “stones,” get back to Scripture.
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