Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.
An unreached people group is a location where less than 20% of the people are churched. We’ve piously looked down our noses at the rest of the world too long!
We’re gearing up for Vacation Bible School now and are one of the last daytime Bible Schools in our area. Each year God allows over 150+ children to come with less and less workers. Some say it is too difficult. It is too hard!
How dare we!
Here we are asking our IMB missionaries to do with so much less than we have. To risk their children, their future, their education, and their very lives. And we don’t want to overexert ourselves?
Jesus tells us the laborers are FEW! He also tells us how to solve our shortage of labor problem — PRAY!
Are you thinking about quitting something because it is too much of a strain? David said:
Then King David said to Ornan, “No, but I will surely buy it for the full price, for I will not take what is yours for the LORD, nor offer burnt offerings with that which costs me nothing.”
We are living sacrifices and are called to sacrifice! Sometimes the other workers flake out for a reason — God is looking at us and asking us WHY are we doing it! If it is easy it costs me nothing.
What a great reward to work for God’s kingdom. Rejoice when you’re overtired, overworked, and overwrought for God’s kingdom. I count it great joy to sacrifice for him.
Today, let’s pray for our own churches mission organizations. Let us also pray today for a young ladie named Sarah Farley. She is an amazing NAMB missionary in Atlanta, GA. She has been in more than 10 countries working to spread the gospel of Christ and grew up as a Missionary Kid in east Asia. She has a special love for the Islamic people. I learned so much from her today and pray that I can help her and her other missionaries begin blogging for the Lord.
Dear Lord, please help us to be faithful. Let us run and not grow weary and walk and not faint. Let us hold true to your words that never fail us. Lord, please send more workers out into your harvest. I pray specifically for more leaders to work with our Girls in Action, Youth in Action, and Royal Ambassdors programs. I pray you will strengthen those who are working now and bless them. Lord, please help our missionaries that are working at the Olympics and let many come to know Jesus Christ at these games. Lord, bless Sarah Farley. Let the seeds of evangelism and missions support that were planted today in my church spring up in fertile ground. Forgive us when we have “pity parties” over little things when Christians around the world are dying to follow Jesus. The others are dying because they don’t know Jesus. Help us reach our missions goals! We need you, Lord. In Jesus name. Amen.