Are You The Worker They Prayed For?

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I came across a scripture in my studies this morning that I know we are all familiar with.

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.  When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”                                                                                                                                                                             Matthew 9:35-38

 

Dear strong and faithful Christian woman, it made me think of you.  Could it be that 2000 years ago Jesus told His disciples to pray for you?

I believe so.

As I look at this world and contemplate the evil that multiplies daily, I wonder just how long the world as we know it will continue.  Make no mistake, we are in our last days.  Of this, I have no doubt.

Many of us will soon be whisked away.  Those that stay will endure even more turmoil, the likes of which this world has never known.

Does that make you weep for those left behind?  It does me.  I think of my loved ones, and even relatives who–if they don’t make some different choices–will be left here.  The thought makes my stomach turn.

The harvest is plentiful.

There are millions of people in this world who do not know the name of Jesus.  And worse yet, there are those who know His name, but not His saving grace.  They do not know He is God in the flesh, or anything other than “just a man in history.”

Without workers, they may never know.

Jesus knew this as He looked around at the crowds.  Like sheep, they knew no better.  They walked around in their lives with no direction.

He had compassion.  And His compassion led Him to tell His disciples to pray for workers.  I believe that when they prayed for workers it was not just for that day.  It was for the last 2000 years, and any remaining years we are gifted.

I believe He was talking about you and I.

Make no mistake, you and I are in a mission field right now, whether we are conscious of it or not.  It could be at work, at school, in a foreign country, in your own church, or even at the side of a crib, or child’s bed.

Will you work for the harvest that is ripe?

Mission work is hard Friends.  I know.  I have traveled the world.  I have felt immeasurable joy, unfathomable grief, and mind-numbing fear.  Each day is different.

Ask the Lord of the harvest, to send out workers into his harvest field. Matthew 9:38

But please, be comforted Friends.  As you face your day, know that 12 men who followed Jesus around each day for years prayed for you.  Know that unmeasurable readers in the body of Christ have read these words over the last two millennium and stopped to pray for you.

And lastly, don’t forget to pray for each other.

Though we are far apart, we travel together.

 

2 thoughts on “Are You The Worker They Prayed For?

  1. Your title just grabbed my heart! Praying that I am – and, I pray, too, for the workers in my boys’ lives. This year, I’m working through the New Testament and I have been in the same scripture you’ve been in – one of the things that snagged at me was the harassed and helpless – needing a shepherd! How often have I felt harassed and helpless – and someone has been that worker I’ve prayed for! My heart loved your post!!!!

  2. This. Oh, this speaks to me. I had a spiritual rollercoaster this weekend and posted it about it on my blog. And your post really speaks to that. But what really struck me is to find another person (I’m sure there are more) who have been thinking about the end. AS I watch the news and even the behavior of people around us, I have been contemplating how the end must be near. Not in a tinfoil hat kind of conspiracy theorist but in the “god must be weeping seeing His world the way it is”. I have been thinking about the covenant with Noah and how the world seems to resemble the story of Sodom and Gomorra. I am not ashamed to say that Revelations scares me, but I have started reading it because I want to be prepared and I want Jesus to have my heart completely. We definitely must pray for everyone.

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