Matt.9:35-38 – Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness.
Seeing the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and downcast, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He This passage said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore, plead with the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”

This passage pretty much sums up where we are today as the church. Consider this, Jesus is the pastor preaching the gospel and healing the sick. There has never been a pastor like Jesus, literally the Good Shepherd ministering to His flock. Even Jesus, in His humanity, had limitations. He could only fully give Himself to a handful of people as a man. No matter how great a preacher He was and how many miracles He performed He couldn’t give what everyone really needed, personal care and attention. In today’s passage we see His answer, pray to the Lord of the harvest for shepherd laborers. Here is how Barclay describes this passage.

“But here also is one of the great Christian truths and one of the supreme Christian challenges. That harvest will never be reaped unless there are reapers to reap it. It is one of the blazing truths of Christian faith and life that Jesus Christ needs us. When he was upon this earth, his voice could reach so few. He was never outside Palestine, and there was a world which was waiting. He still wants the world to hear the good news of the gospel; but they will never hear unless others tell them. He wants all men and women to hear the good news; but they will never hear it unless there are those who are prepared to cross the seas and the mountains and bring the good news to them.”

This gives us the answer to why Jesus considered His twelve disciples so important, they multiplied His ministry by twelve. This also explains why small groups became the fabric of the early church as well as why small groups are critical today. You can have a great preacher preaching to the crowds but without shepherd laborers the fruit is never added to the church. So what is the answer? Jesus said to pray; pray that the Lord would send laborers to care for and to love His sheep.

2 thoughts on “PRAY FOR WORKERS”

  1. Thank you ! Thank you for the affirmation , those are those times I may not be fully aware or understand but then ….. … I received this Word 3 days ago . I sent it out in our family daily text . We need that for ourselves to prepare our hearts and be seasoned with The Word of God to GIVE in “due season “ and that season is coming in the greatest revival and spiritual awakening globally . If you will grace me I want to share that text :
    God is speaking and releasing His providencial FAVOR- GRACE upon His people in this season in ways that serves His purpose for such a time as this . The scene in which God used that captured the world’s attention – God is speaking ….. to us His children .
    There is a great revival and awakening coming . Miracles and favor ……… but we also have our part . You will see great OPPOSITION-BUT GREATER POWER TO OVERCOME IT ! Amen .
    And God is saying PRAY – prove ME , SEE IF I DON’T DO IT ! Did you see anybody saying we can’t pray on that field ? Even the announcer prayed ! That man was dead ! BUT GOD ! Glory to God ! We need the workers for the harvest that is coming. Exciting times we live in . Praise God . ❤️
    We need to prepare and be ready . Get that Word in our members to be able to “give it” in due season . Amen . 🙏🏼❤️
    Mathew 9:38

    38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”

  2. Conduits, vessels bent towards humility, cleansed in grace, walking in His righteousness, filled with His Spirit, saying You have made me ready. Here we are Lord, use us!

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