We’re in the midst of a 40 day prayer campaign. We are asking God to send forth workers into His harvest (Mat. 9:35-38). Here’s a few things to remember as you pray.
First, the harvest is God’s harvest not our harvest. In other words, we cannot bring anyone to faith in Christ. I cannot save anyone. Jonah 2:9 says, “Salvation is from the Lord.”
However, while I cannot save anyone, I can be used of God in the His business of saving souls. In fact, He calls us to he his human instruments for His divine work. (Rom. 10:14-15, 14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?15 How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!”)
So our pray during this 40 days of praying is not so much for the harvest as it is for God to raise up people to go into His harvest.
Second, the verb, “send out” in verse 28 is interesting. It literally means to “cast out.” In other words, our prayer should be along the lines of this, “God, do whatever it takes to cast out workers into your harvest.”
That’s a bold prayer, do you think? “God, do whatever it takes” is always a bit risky; nonetheless, it is exactly what we are called to prayer. Let’s join together and pray that risky prayer!
Here’s why that’s a risky prayer. God may sovereignly orchestrate events in your life to cast you out into His harvest. You may be the answer to your prayers. By the way, that is exactly what happened in Matthew chapter ten. The disciples find themselves in the harvest field!
They prayed in chapter nine that God would send forth workers and in chapter ten, they find themselves fulfilling the prayer that they prayed. May God do the same for us.