New Testament Journey Day 41: Matthew 9:35-38. Jesus Urges the Disciples to Pray for Workers
“Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” – Matthew 9:35-38
**Jesus was overwhelmed with compassionate pity for the people. His response echoes the deep inner mercy of God, often described in the old Testament. Jesus came to be the good Shepherd, the one who could lead people to avoid life’s pitfalls and escape the snares of the enemy. Jesus looked at the crowds following him and referred to them as “ripe for the harvest”. Many people are ready to give their lives to Christ if someone would just talk to them and show them how. Jesus commands us to pray that people will respond to this need for workers. Often, when we pray for something, God answers our prayers by using US. Be prepared for God to use you to show another person the way to Him.**
My heart has been burdened, yet hopeful this week. There are so many people that I see, hear about, and talk to daily that are wandering lost – broken, riddled with anxiety and fear and depression… but there are so many ready to say “I need and want something different. I need HOPE!” And Christian, we have the answer! People are responding to the Good News. It’s time we step out of our comfort zone and share it with them!
Pray – ask God to put someone in your path today that you can share His love with – and then be alert and intentional as you go about your day. God will place them in your path.
**Taken from the Life Application Study Bible