Mark 16:15 - “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature’.”
2 Peter 3:9 - “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
Take some time today and reflect on what God has done in you from the start of the fast to today. What are the breakthroughs you have experienced? What has God shown you so far? What are you expectant for in this final week?
One thing that we are believing is that there is a harvest of salvation between now and the end of the year. Like a flood!
Right now, people need comfort. We need to serve and love people. We need to offer hope. But more than anything – people need the gospel, the truth about Jesus. The gospel of Christ alone is the power of God unto salvation.
In Matthew 9, for the first time, Jesus indicates that this mission will require more hands than just his.
Matthew 9:36-38 – “When He saw the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were weary and worn out, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”
The language of “harvest” in this passage indicates that something long-ago prepared has come to fruition. All throughout the history of Israel, something has been planted. Something has been watered. Something has left its original seed form and grown, and now it is ready to be brought into the barns.
An “abundant harvest” is described in agricultural terms as a “bumper crop.” A bumper crop is a crop that has yielded an unusually productive harvest. When you reap an abundant harvest, you will have more than enough, overflow, there will be no lack, nothing will be missing, and all desires fulfilled — and then some.
There is urgency to this language. Although growing a crop is a long and slow process, requiring patience — when its harvest time, we should not delay.
A missed harvest will spoil. Its fruit will rot; its plants will go to seed. A harvest that is not brought in at exactly the right time will fail to fulfil its purpose and waste all the effort and resources that went into producing it.
Jesus’ language indicates a greater urgency than usual: this harvest is abundant. It’s bigger than expected. It’s more than any one worker can bring in on his own.
His first solution to this problem of an urgent, abundant harvest is not “go into the field and get to work”; it’s “pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers.”
Prayer is how we partner with God. It’s how we bring heaven to earth. It’s how we access his will and his power to get it done. Prayer should always be our first response when we see a need — not because we aren’t willing to roll up our sleeves and help, but because we recognise that we need God’s power.
Prayer is the only adequate way to multiply our efforts fast enough to reap the harvest God desires.
When the disciples began to pray, God softened their hearts and prepared them to bring in the harvest. When you begin to pray for souls to be brought into the kingdom of heaven, God will use you to save people. You begin to become the answer to your own prayers.
Jesus not only had a burden for the lost, he had a burden for more Gospel workers!
The harvest is abundant.
It is harvest time.
Let’s thank God today for the harvest of salvation that is going to come in between now and the end of the year. Let’s pray that every person across Equippers will have the joy of leading one person to Jesus in the next few months.
2 Corinthians 6:2 - “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”