Week 4, Day 3
Praying for God to Raise Up Workers
By: Kyle Van Tine
“And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
If you’ve read a popular Christian book since the 1980s you may have the impression that the world is going to hell, the church is dying and hope is fading from existence. In “church world” it’s common to hear about the raise of the “nones” generation, declining church attendance, and increasing secularization. To be sure these trends are happening and do deeply impact the church but how do you personally see the world around you?
How do you see your community, your workplace, your school? I want to suggest that we see our community not as a field on fire but as a field rip for the harvest. When the sun goes down the stars get brighter and as the culture changes, Christianity becomes more vibrant, distinctive, and compelling. Let’s let Jesus change our perspective.
Jesus has a very different perspective on the problem, the problem isn’t that nobody is interested in the Gospel but that few proclaim, teach and disciple others. The problem isn’t in the fields but in the workers. The solution is prayer! Jesus calls his disciples to pray for more workers to be raised up to enter the harvest fields. When you see the city of Seattle, do you see a city going down the drain or a mission field longing for the good news to be proclaimed? How you answer that question will impact how you live your Christian life, how you engage your workplace/school and how you interact with your neighbors. I encourage you to see mission field and pray!
Question #1: How does seeing that the harvest is plentiful cause us to engage with joy instead of running in fear?
Question #2: How can you be praying specifically for God to raise up workers in your church? (evangelists, greeters, writers, leaders, teachers, prayer warriors, apologists, worshipers, servants, bridge builders & connectors.