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December 6, 2016, 8:55 AM

Pray for the workers...

"Then he said to his disciples, '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 2011)

How many times have these words been used as a platform to pray for or send missionaries? While I'm not complaining, as I see that this is completely appropriate, I do think that we might be missing the full thrust of this Scripture.  Let me share just a couple of thoughts as to why I feel this way.

First, many times, unknowingly maybe, we limit the idea of "workers" to those that are sent, literally those that are going away.  We overlook the workers that stay in the community, our own church workers.  Consequently, there is a lack of appreciation at times for the incredible labor that goes on behind the scene and throughout the community.

Second, for both missionaries far and near (including local church workers) we forget to continue to pray for them.  We take this Scripture to mean that we need to pray for people to step and work for the Lord.  Once the numbers are there, we step back and say "thank you Lord," and stop praying.  Sure, we are to ask the Lord to send out workers, but we need to CONTINUE to pray for those workers.  Our task of praying does not stop with the "sending."  In fact, I would submit that it is only beginning.  This goes for our missionaries abroad and our workers here at home...they need our prayers.

We are in the middle of Lottie Moon Week of Prayer of International Missions.  Every day you have the privilege to pray for a missionary family simply by following this link https://www.imb.org/lottie-moon-christmas-offering-week-prayer/. Each missionary has asked for specific prayers as they continue their work.  Will you CONTINUE to pray, even after they have been sent?

In Christ,

Bro. Grant


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