The Prayer Request

Daily God Walk for Monday, May 17, 2010

 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”                             – Matthew 9:36-38

 Jesus performed many miracles as he ministered in Judea and Galilee. As people began to spread the word about his miracles and his teachings concerning the kingdom large crowds started following him wherever he went. When Jesus saw the crowds he looked past the pushing and shoving as people tried to get into position to see and hear better. What he saw was people who were harassed by the circumstances of life, helpless to change their circumstances and who wandered aimlessly like sheep who had no shepherd.

The Christ was moved by compassion as he looked upon the crowd. He was so moved that he turned to his disciples and challenged them, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” He had called twelve to preach the kingdom and set people free, but he realized that would not be enough. He needed more workers.

The crowds are not much different today than they were then. Their needs are oriented to 21st century culture, but they remain basically the same; people are harassed with the circumstances of life, they feel helpless to change, and they wander through life without a shepherd to guide them.

Christ is still calling to those who would follow him today, “Pray! Pray to the Lord to send laborers into the fields to harvest souls for the kingdom.” That was the last verse of chapter 9. In chapter 10:1, “He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.”

Pray for harvesters; then get ready to enter the harvest.

 Principle:  Compassion for the lost should drive us to the harvest fields.

 Affirmation:  By the grace of God I am a harvester in his fields.

 Prayer:  Lord, give me eyes to see the needs of people, the heart moved with compassion and a will to enter the harvest. In Jesus name, amen.

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