This particular verse has been coming up over and over again for me, in different books, prayers and sermons. So I decided that God really wanted me to H.E.A.R. it.
“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 9:37-38
As Jesus went about teaching and healing, He had compassion for the many people following Him, because they were lost and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He told his disciples to begin by praying that God would send workers out to them. He doesn’t tell them to get organized, make a plan or start immediately. Prayer comes first. In the next chapter, He gives the disciples the authority to heal and sends them out. They were to be the workers!
I am both to pray for workers and be a worker. Like Jesus, I must have compassion for those around me and a desire to tell them about the true leader, Jesus Christ–the only one who is able to save them.
Dear Heavenly Father, Remove all fears of rejection from my heart. Send me to your helpless sheep. Fill me with love and a holy yearning to bring others into your kingdom. Amen.