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Help Wanted

Posted: Wednesday, January 13

Pastor Jon Brooks // College & Young Adult Pastor

Pastor Jon Brooks // College & Young Adult Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Genesis 28:1-29:35
Matthew 9:18-38
Psalm 11:1-7
Proverbs 3:11-12 

 

Verse of the day:

So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields. (Matthew 9:38)


Whenever we don’t know what to pray for it’s always helpful to go back and pray as Jesus instructed us. Jesus asks you and I to pray for workers for the harvest fields. Why would He ask us to pray in this way? Here’s the context…

 

 

Matthew 9:35-38

Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. 38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”

 

 

Jesus asks us to pray for workers because the harvest is great but the workers are few. I find it interesting that Jesus asks the disciples to pray about the worker shortage! Why would Jesus tell us to pray instead of doing something? 

 

 

Jesus is not against action. In the next chapter he’s going to send out his twelve disciples to teach and do the things that he’s done. But Jesus knows that before we have the ministry that he has, we must have the same prayerful reliance on the Father that he does. 

 

 

When we pray as Jesus commanded, we will see what he saw, feel what he felt, and do what he did. When we pray we’ll see that the harvest is great, not only oversees but here in Milwaukee! We’ll see that there are far more people interested in having a relationship with Jesus than there are people willing to help them. And when we pray about the worker shortage we become the answers to our own prayers; we become workers in the harvest!