Pray for the Harvest

I’ve got a question for you. When you read the following verse, what do you feel?

“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’” (Matt. 9:37–38).

Do you feel urgency? Do you feel responsibility? Do you feel the need to pray, pray, and pray some more?

If your answer to these questions is yes, that’s great! If your answer is no, we have a little work to do. I think I fall somewhere in between.

There’s been a theme in my life lately of God telling me to pray more. I don’t spend enough time in prayer, and when I do, it’s too often self-centered, even if that’s not my intention. What I really need to double-down on is praying for the lost. Sure, it’s easy to pray for things I’m worried about; it’s a little less but still important to me to pray for other people’s worries and fears. But how often do I think to pray for the lost? Specifically, how often do I pray for someone I personally know who is lost?

God wants us to pray for the people who don’t know His Son, Jesus. He wants us to pray for the people who don’t understand why they feel something missing in their souls as well as those who don’t care. He wants us to pray for more workers to go out into the harvest field.

We need to answer God with prayer for the lost because they might never have heard about the truth and love of Jesus. Try to imagine how you would feel in your current life situation if you didn’t have the hope, grace, and peace of Jesus Christ. For some, it may not have been that long ago when this was true. You would probably feel solely responsible for the outcomes of your life. That would be stressful, would it not?

Lost people in the world are feeling that right now. My hope is that you or someone else has planted the seed in their lives and that we are all now praying for that seed to grow through the power of Jesus to change lives and hearts.

So let’s make a pact with each other right now to be accountability partners. From this day forward, we will strive to be less self-centered in our prayer lives and remember that there are people out there who don’t know they can pray to the Lord for strength, wisdom, comfort, and help. We will pray for the souls of people who are lost, praying specifically for those we know personally or generally for the lost in different areas of the world. We will pray for many workers (including ourselves) to go out into the plentiful harvest field.

If you know a lost person who needs prayer, then don’t hesitate to reach out to me at jgraham@wmu.org. I promise I will pray for that person, and I’ll even ask for prayer for someone in return. We’re accountability partners now, after all!

Jessica Graham is a copy editor at WMU. She considers it a blessing to be able to help women her age discover the meaning of faith, community, and missions.

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