On another occasion, “Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 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 9:35–38).At two different events, churches in our area have gathered to specifically pray for our ministry in India, Myanmar and Thailand. We have witnessed God answering in unexpected ways. What would God do if this sense of urgency permeated the church everywhere so that earnest prayer was made “to the Lord of the harvest”?
In a general sense, there is a deep seated lethargy in the church today because we do not have eyes with spiritual insight. In most cases, it takes a “9/11” event for most to attend a prayer service. I am convinced that we really need what Paul prayed for in Ephesians 1:17-18, “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.” The glorious hope we have is the gospel of God’s grace, and it is for every people group in the world. Yesterday, I said that we need to “lift up your eyes and see” (John 4:34). Spiritual vision drives our urgency in prayer! When this happens, there will be prayer gatherings everywhere earnestly asking the Lord to prepare and send out workers.
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