At the beginning of 2015 I answered a request to pray Luke 10:2 every day, at 10:02 – that the Lord of the Harvest would send more workers to the harvest with, “sure, I can do that.”
“And he (Jesus) said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’” Luke 10:2
At first, the challenge seemed doable – set my alarm and pray for workers each day… no big deal.
Boy was I wrong.
Let me be perfectly honest here:
First of all, having an alarm go off every day, like…er… clockwork, can be irritating. I mean really irritating. It must be connected with my pride somehow, and not wanting anyone to tell me what to do – even when I am the one telling me what to do. Which is so ridiculous I hate to even admit it, but it’s true. I guess that is why new habits – even ones we know to be good for us – are hard to establish. But irritating hardly seems like a strong enough word.
Secondly, praying “God, please send more workers to the harvest,” day after day gets old… fast. And that was after only about the 2nd or 3rd day!
But we’re told to pray. And we’re told to pray about this specifically.
So, hoping to build a good discipline into my life and actually desiring (though my sinful, selfish, lazy self would war against this) to pray with diligence and fervor about the things that are important to God, I pressed on. I started with, “Lord, show me how to pray for more workers. I’m dull and weary right now – I got nothin’!”
Wow. I mean, WOW!!!
I was amazed at all the ways God showed me I could begin to pray. Once I got past “Lord send more workers,” the floodgates began to open and ideas and insights are new and fresh all the time. Here are just a few of the ways he has taught me to pray more specifically to the Lord of the Harvest:
– Lord, help us to train workers.
– Lord, help us to encourage them.
– Lord, help us to support them.
– Help us to care for, and know them well.
– Lord, help us to identify who your workers are!
– Lord, show us the fields. Keep our minds keen and our eyes sharp to see them.
– Lord, keep our hearts soft toward the opportunities to go to different fields.
– Give us courage to go to fields that seem wild and untamed.
– Give us grace to send workers to even the most plowed and subdued, knowing that in every generation, there is a harvest.
– Lord, help us to overcome the dullness that keeps us from working, seeing, reaping.
– Lord, help us to be the workers you send!
– Help us to obey when you call us to go.
– Lord, keep us from ever hindering other workers.
– Lord, show us how to work in your fields.
– Lord, teach us what we need to know to be your workers.
– Lord, make us into workers who produce good workers.
– Help us to do the hard work of weeding out things that would choke your harvest.
– Lord, help us to be fruitful in our efforts. Help us to be faithful in them.
– Lord, help us to work hard and not be lazy, as we see the day approaching.
– Lord, teach us to number our days, so that we may get hearts of wisdom.
– Give us the wisdom we need to know how to pray, go, and work.
I have only begun to scratch the surface of how we can pray Luke 10:2, but I have already been amazed by the depths of what God has revealed to me through the simple act of choosing to pray one verse every day… and it’s only April.
Will you join me in this obedient, yet beautiful task?
Share with us what you learn, and how you learn to pray. We will all be better able to pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest!