Sunday, May 8, 2022
He told 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.”
Farmers understand this metaphor all too well. I once made my living as a potato farmer in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. We invested a lot of energy and work to get every potato into the bin before winter. We knew what to do. Harvest was about effort!
We are naturally drawn to the words “work” and “harvest” in this text, but we must not get ahead of ourselves. We think of all we need to do to make Christlike disciples. Perhaps the most important word here is “ask.” This is the only prayer request Jesus recorded in Scripture, to my knowledge. Our work begins and ends with asking and obediently listening in prayer. The work of harvesting is our Lord’s work. We need to connect daily in prayer to follow his lead.
My three-year-old granddaughter recently jumped into my lap when my phone alarm, set for 10:02 (Luke 10:2), went off. She said, “Time to pray, Papa!” Will you join us as we pray for the harvest?
Lord, today we ask you to send workers into the harvest, for it is white! Lord, send pastors, church planters, missionaries, and great leaders into the harvest. And most importantly, Lord, send me into the harvest today. Help me to be mindful of someone who might need a witness today in both word and deed.
Prayer Journal Reflections
What is the Holy Spirit saying to you today about the Lord’s protection, direction, and revelation for your life and the life of the church?
—Jim Bond, District Superintendent, Kansas