40 Days of Prayer – Day Thirteen
Looking Above and Beyond – Part Two
“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 (NIV)
As we look above and beyond, we see thousands upon thousands of people all around us who need the message of salvation. Some, like overly-ripened grain, are falling away, never to be redeemed. Many, many more are waiting to be harvested by loving laborers. In the next decade, the demographic experts say that our community will continue to grow with thousands of new residents. Who will reach out to these precious souls with the good news of Jesus?
We must take on this challenge. We must invite them in “from the highways and hedges.” We must open our hearts to receive them with love and acceptance. But we have a difficulty that must be overcome: More laborers are needed for this harvest. Our home is not big enough. We must have more space for more people. We must add on to our house in order to welcome more souls into God’s Kingdom. How can we do this? First, by seeing this as a challenge and not a problem. This, too, demands the right spiritual vision. We must look above and beyond. In the months ahead, together, we are going to believe God to give us the insight – and the foresight – to do great things for His sake.
Today, share with your family or a close friend, the name of one person you envision being reached with the Gospel – someone you are praying will one day worship the Lord with us.