Devotional – Matthew 9

37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

These words of Jesus are just as true today as they were when he said them. The harvest field of souls who need to hear the life-giving message of the gospel of Jesus Christ are numerous and so few work those fields to bring in the harvest that has been prepared who have gone before and worked the soil, planted the seed, and watered the ground. Now all that needs to be done is to reap the harvest. But who will go? There are few workers who are taking up the challenge of going where the harvest of souls is occurring. So our Lord asks us to pray – to pray that laborers would be sent out to reap the harvest. Does this mean you should go? I don’t know, that’s between you and the Lord, but I do know that you play a part – you have to pray. However, the harvest is not just in faraway places with strange customs and different languages, its right next door, in your neighborhood, in your community. The harvest could be among your friends, your family members and your acquaintances. So don’t pray that the Lord of the harvest would just send out laborers, but pray that the Lord of the harvest would open your eyes to the opportunities that abound around you to share the good news of Jesus Christ, pray that your heart and your soul would be awakened to the need of the lost and dying souls around you, and pray that you would have the same boldness as the disciples had in the book of Acts – to preach Jesus without fear. The Lord of the harvest wants to hear your prayers, will you cry out to him?

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