I’m a Type-A personality, which means I stay busy. I’m a high “D” on the DISC profile, which means I’m driven. I’ve always been hyper-active. More times than I care to admit my MO (modus operandi) has been “Ready, Fire, Aim!” I’m more geared to “doing” than “being.”
So, in Matthew 9:35-38 when I hear Jesus say that the harvest is plentiful and when I read in John 4:35 that the “fields are white for harvest,” I want to jump into action. “Let’s do something! Let’s get out and bring in the harvest!”
It’s good to have an urgency about the harvest, but there’s a more import matter that we must attend to before jumping into action. Jesus tells us that our first order of activity is to pray. “Therefore, beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest field” (Mat. 9:38).
Jesus wants us to rely upon Him not upon our ability to bring the harvest in. We will only be effective in the harvest when we get plugged into and operate with God’s strength.
Here’s how Warren Wiersbe says it, “When we pray as He commanded, we will see what He saw, feel what He felt, and do what He did. God will multiply our lives as we share in the great harvest that is already ripe.”
John Bunyan wrote, “You can do more than pray, after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.”
I called us to 40 Days of Prayer for the Harvest this past Sunday. Would you join me in doing what Jesus instructs us to do in verse 38? Would you prayer every day for the Lord to send forth workers into His harvest field?
When you are out in the community, pray for the Lord to send forth workers into his harvest. When you are in school, pray for the Lord to send forth workers into his harvest. When you go to work, pray for the Lord to send forth workers into his harvest. When you walk around your neighborhood, pray for the Lord to send forth workers into his harvest.