God desires all to enter into the Kingdom — He desires that all would enter into relationship with Him! When we begin to see God’s heart and desire for all people, then we begin to have compassion for people as Jesus did.
Where this command is found:
“Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”
Have you ever looked around and noticed how many people you come into contact with on a daily basis? Have you considered the needs they might have such as physical, health, financial, or emotional needs? And have you asked the question, “Who is meeting these needs and does anyone care about them?”
While Jesus lived on this earth, He not only noticed the needs of people around Him, He met many of them. But Jesus didn’t stop there. He recognized humanity’s greatest need: Salvation and a personal relationship with God the Father through Him! As a field full of ripe wheat that is ready for harvest, so the Bible likens the souls of men that are ready for salvation.
In Matthew 9:37–38, Jesus gives a major key to the successful reaping of this eternal harvest: prayer! Without God’s work in preparing and sending out laborers, our efforts to reach the lost are futile. As believers, it is our responsibility to pray. It is God Who equips and sends out laborers into His Harvest. Through prayer, we can fulfill this command and gain a greater awareness of God’s compassion for people!
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John 4:35 sheds new light on this command: “Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” We're often so busy and so self-focused that we miss what God is doing in the lives of people around us.
One of the greatest things we can do for others is to pray for them. As Oswald Chambers said, “Prayer isn’t preparation for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.”
Even if we can’t personally meet a need, we can pray for God to send laborers to meet it!