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Dear Brethren and Friends,
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As we look forward for the soon return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ what should we do as we wait for Him? “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thess 4:16–17). One best thing we can do is to act on the prayer request of our Lord, “Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:38).
Let Us Pray for More Labourers! (Matthew 9:35–38)
The COVID-19 pandemic undeniably has created financial challenges for Bible schools and seminaries so that many are closing down. Another reason is the decreasing number of students enrolling in these schools. The decrease could be due to lack of interest from young people to invest their lives in the work of the ministry because to them there is no financial security for the Lord’s labourers.
One more compelling reason from the scripture why there are fewer students entering into Bible Colleges to be trained for full time service is the unconcern of Christians towards this situation. It is our deaf ears towards the prayer request of our Lord and Saviour Jesus.
This prayerlessness has deeper implications that reveal the state of Christians today. It is not simply a result of our busy life that we neglect to pray or many other prayer concerns which may have occupied more of our time in our prayers. It is a manifestation of our hearts which are so distant from the Lord’s burdens and purposes for the people in this world.
For the Continuation of the Lord’s Work
Responding to the prayer request of our Lord will show how we are zealous to continue the work of the Lord. Jesus in Matthew 9:35 “went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom…” He was busy teaching the Word of God to the people and preaching the Gospel to them. He was not occupied with other things in this world. The Lord knew well the importance of the Word for “faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Rom 10:17). Teaching the doctrines of the Bible is very significant so that man may be able to do His will for how can a man do the will of God if he does not know His Word? Jesus said, “…If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine…” (John 7:17). The continuance of preaching the gospel of the Kingdom is of importance “…for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith” (Rom 1:16–17).
As Christians, we are commissioned to go and teach to make disciples of all nations. With this, we need to pray for more labourers who are willing to do this full time. We must pray for God to send dedicated men and women who will go to the uttermost part of this earth to fulfil His Great Commission. There is a great need to bring the message across for there is an estimated 3 billion plus people who have not even heard of the name of Jesus! Billions of people also in places which have Christian witnesses have not known the saving grace of our Lord and Saviour. Let our generation be not like those in the Old Testament times when the LORD God says, “…I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none” (Ezek 22:30).
For the Compassion of the Lord’s Flock
The healing that Jesus did in His time were for the authentication of the divine nature of His Person, message and work. Nevertheless, those healings were manifestations of God’s mercy and compassion towards the people (Mat 9:35). Jesus’ healing reveals a future total restoration from any form of physical infirmities. It creates an open door for the gospel to enter into the heart of the one healed. The Holy Spirit convicts the hearts of sinners to see their need of the Great Physician who will give an eternal solution to all physical infirmities.
When we pray for more labourers, it means we are aware of the great importance of pastor-teachers in churches. Jesus saw many of the people as sheep without shepherds (Mat 9:36). They were scattered for there were no pastors who took care of the flock. God’s people are like sheep who need the tender loving care of a shepherd. Many today jump from one church to another seeking for the care they need. We should avoid also the prophet Jeremiah’s day when pastors were not taking care of the flock, “Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD. Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD” (Jer 23:1–2). We cannot blame but ourselves when we do not pray for God-sent labourers who will truly shepherd the flock. Are our hearts so cold and hardened towards many who do not have any pastors to take care of their spiritual needs?
For the Conversion of Lost Souls
The Bible plainly tells us that “…all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23), “and the wages of sin is death…” (Rom 6:23a). These verses reveal to us the truth of the universality of sin. When Jesus talks about the great harvest, He was not talking about material prosperity. He was pointing to the unlimited need of labourers to help the spiritual harvest which is truly plenteous (Mat 9:37). The countless number of people in every generation who still have to hear the Gospel is a reality. We need to pray for more labourers who tell them about Jesus Christ because “neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
Our prayers will reveal our burden towards the lost. It is indeed a litmus test whether we have genuinely experienced salvation in Christ. Only those who have been truly born-again will see the truth of God’s Kingdom and eternal life. A regenerated believer cries before God day and night that his relatives and friends around will also receive the Lord Jesus. Let us not wait to feel the terror and horrors of hell to compel us to say “…. I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment” (Luke 16:27–28).
The whole word is in need of labourers who will go and preach the gospel to every creature. “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Rom 10:14–15).
Will you pray?
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