Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Pray for Laborers! - August 24th, 2011

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.
Luke 10:2

History and Context:
For history and context of the book of Luke see here. This is simply a continuation of the passage we discussed yesterday.

The Text:
In this text Jesus is sending out the seventy to preach the coming of the kingdom of God. He begins by telling them that the harvest is great but the laborers are few. In other words, Jesus is saying there is a lot of work to do but not enough people willing to do the work. If people were just willing to put in the work people would reap a lot of great things (specifically people coming into the kingdom). He then told them that instead of praying for the salvation of the unsaved they should pray for laborers, workers to go in and reap the harvest. After He told them to pray for laborers He sent them out as laborers.

The Challenge:
Think of who you know that is unsaved. Write down their names and start praying that God would send laborers in their paths. Pray that God would soften their hearts and that He would send people into their lives to speak the Word into them. Once you've prayed take time to listen in case God is sending you. It very well may be that God is sending you as the laborer in that person's life. Let Him lead and direct you in that area.

The Prayer:
Lord, I pray that you will send laborers across the path of ________. Send people who will speak your Gospel into their lives. Also help me to speak into their lives. Give me opportunities and help me to act on those opportunities. Thank you Lord! In Jesus' name, Amen!

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