In my daily prayer time this month I am again adding the use of Prayer for a Spiritual Awakening prayer guide. As I was reading the day 17 prayer guide I knew this was exactly what I wanted to say to each of you this month. On the front page of this Beacon is the challenge for BBA churches to begin the partnering effort with a New Work in the St. Louis area. I believe every church will thank me some day if they begin the birthing or adopting of churches with this newsletter. For some of our churches it is apart of their history. For others it is time to begin.
Here is what Day 17 prayer guide said.
Prayers for the Workers in the Harvest
Matthew 9:35-38: Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 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.”
The closer you get to Jesus and the more time you spend with Him, the more your heart will begin to beat with love for those He loves.
Think about the crowds Jesus may have seen in Israel 2,000 years ago. How large were they? Five, ten, twenty thousand? Maybe more? Now think about the crowds you have seen in your life, in books or magazines, on television, or in the movies. Have you seen some of those crowds with hundreds of thousands of people? Have you seen crowds in the cities where masses of people go continually? In our world the numbers of people in the spiritual harvest field are multiplying rapidly. Who will tell them the good news? Who will go? Who will have the privilege of reaping the spiritual harvest among them?
When Jesus saw the crowds of His day, He asked His disciples to pray for workers in the harvest fields. If you still have your Bible open to Matthew, take a look at chapter 10. Just after the disciples prayed for workers, Jesus told them to go into the towns and cities and preach the good news about His kingdom.
Today keep your eyes open to see the crowds around you, in newspapers or magazines, or on the Internet or television. When you see a crowd, pray that God will call and send out workers to that harvest field.
It’s time to pray
Pray for the workers who are already working to bring in a spiritual harvest. Pray for their protection, wisdom, spiritual and physical health, and fruitfulness. Pray that God will call and send workers. Pray that He will call some from your church and even from your family.
Give God permission to call and direct you to work in the harvest. Ask God what He wants you to do today to apply what He has revealed. What actions will you take?
Pray today by name for one person or even for a crowd or people groups who have yet to believe in Christ as Savior.
So please begin birthing or adopting churches. I will come to your church and help you with the process if you want. All you have to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org