Therefore, pray earnestly for laborers.

It’s no coincidence that my reading a few mornings ago was Matthew 9.  Specifically this part:

And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.  When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

And then I checked my email and read these words from a friend of ours, who is a missionary in Alaska:
We must pray fervently in our day in age; we must not grow cold and lukewarm; do not put out the Spirit’s fire. If God is asking you to preach then preach; if He is calling you to go, now is the time to go; if He is asking you to lay down your life so others can see Him, then get out of the way. We have so many opportunities everywhere. The people here in the lower 48 are empty and lifeless.
[. . .]
We have the Good News!  We have the promises!  We have the Holy Spirit!  We have the Word of God in our language!  We know the truth!  We have been set free!  We have nothing to fear!  So what are we waiting for? Let’s go! If you’re called by the most wonderful name in the universe, the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, then let’s GO! Oh, for His glory!  That His name would be great in all the land!  For the sake of His great Name! O Lord Jesus, be magnified in and through us for your name.
Pray for laborers.  More than that, be one.

About Brian Phillips

Brian lives in Spain with Kassie and their kids.
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