PRAY THE LORD OF THE HARVEST
By: Gilbert Hughes, MINISTER of the word
Call in Christ Jesus, appointed by God, anointed as a teacher
Operated in the gift of PROPHECY, WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE & healing
The Bible says the Lord will give His prophets instructions about the times and seasons we are in. Without knowledge we perish and we must receive what the Lord is revealing.
35Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were harassed, distressed, weary, fainted and helpless, downcast, scattered abroad like sheep without a shepherd.(Because their problems were so great and they didn't know what to do or where to go for help. They were like sheep without a shepherd.)
37Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.
38Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
Let’s pray: Lord God, your kingdom as come. Grant now by the power of your Spirit that we may hear your call to share in your mission in the world and respond with obedience; through Christ, the good Shepherd of great compassion. Amen
You have probably heard this scripture many times before. As I read these words, I wonder, “What is the solution?
How can more laborers be raised up to go the nations?”
Jesus gave the answer, If we look carefully, the first thing we see is the compassion of Jesus.
I. THE COMPASSION OF JESUS
v.36 “But when [Jesus] saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them”
A. The primary motivation of Jesus is compassion “A strong feeling of sympathy".
He was deeply moved by what He sees. ”concern for the suffering of others”
But what is it that moved Jesus to compassion?
Listen again to how Matthew describes Jesus' view of those on whom he had compassion. "When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd." Jesus does not view the crowds first as "miserable sinners" in need of forgiveness. He sees them as those who are “distressed and helpless,"
♦ Because of the needs of those around Him. He looked for ways to help them, to heal them, to comfort them, to restore them and bringing the love of His Father to them. Jesus was motivated by compassion
♦ Compassion will compel you for the needs of those around you, to help, to comfort, to bring the love of them Father to them.
As He ministered to the people, he saw the great needs. They were distressed and helpless and were scattered abroad, like sheep without a shepherd. Things have not changed. Today, the multitudes also are suffering and helpless. They are scattered about by all the philosophies of this world. . idolatry, perversion. They are scattered about by every demon, religion, by sensuality and the pursuit of money. Many are just scattered about by their own needs and problems, such as poverty, sickness, and emotional bankruptcy.
Do you see them the way Jesus saw them?, Does your heart feel the compassion He felt?
What is your primary “main” motivation, AS you LOOK AT 'THE MULTITUDES' TODAY?
when you do not see or do not understand what motivated Jesus, fear, or intolerant, judgment, or something else will be establish in your heart. That why some are not involve, not engage, not concern for soul winning
I can't go out into the harvest because:
I don't know what to do or what to say. I am not ready, or able.
I've got too many things to do. (Seek first the kingdom of God)
It is NOT that Jesus approves of the sins of the multitudes. But He sees their need primarily as a LACK of a Shepherd before anything else.
Lord, grant us the grace to see them as You see them- with compassion.
II We should "Pray for laborers!"
The chapter ends by saying that Jesus was moved with compassion for the multitudes, who were like sheep with no shepherd. He saw their need, and He intended to do something about their needs..
He pointed out a terrible problem. Help was needed, laborers, Gospel workers, to take the message of the kingdom to the people and to heal them.
This is the great need. Workers! Workers to go! Workers! Workers are needed! As I read these words, I wonder, “What is the solution? How can more laborers be raised up to go the nations?”
Jesus gave the answer, in the very next verse:
B. His response was first of all to call His disciples to prayer. “Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest” (Matt. 9:38
This is the final verse of the ninth chapter of Matthew. The Lord told His disciples to pray for something— to pray that the Lord would send forth laborers into His harvest. He says get down on your knees in prayer
♦ Firstly. He turns to his disciple and tells them to pray that the Lord would send forth laborers into His harvest.
A disciple is someone who is ready to be a laborer in the harvest
♦ Secondly. This is a powerful command. The word for “pray/ask/beseech” in this verse (depending on your translation is generally used in the sense of begging out of a deep sense of need. If our heart is moved with compassion for the lost, our prayers will be fervent; we will BEG God to send out laborers
♦ Thirdly. The word here for “send out” in Greek, literally means to “throw out” or “eject by force”, “force out”.
♦ Fourthly. I want you to follow carefully in your bible as I read verse 38
“Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into the harvest” (Matt. 9:38 RIGHT?
The harvest is not ours. It is the Lord's. He own it, God claims it.
It is He who determines the end result of our labors. All we are called to do is serve as laborers in His harvest.
Yes, “We are His people and the sheep of His pasture,” but He also the lost are HIS harvest, and as we go out into them, He will be right there to help us!
Pray to the owner of the harvest that he will send out workers to gather; collect; assemble in his harvest." (TEV)
How do you pray for more laborers? And why
How do you pray the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest?”
Look at Colossians 4. At the beginning of the chapter, Paul gives some specific prayer requests that we can use to pray for any missionary. He says to pray
A. that “God will open a door”
B. that God would provide an opportunity for him to proclaim the Gospel, and Paul gives a second prayer request that when given the opportunity,
C. he will “proclaim it clearly.” (to speak boldly)
D. Conduct yourselves wisely living prudently and with discretion in relationship with those of the outside world, (non Christian) making the very most of the time (seizing the opportunity) to tell others the Good News.
E. Let your speech always be gracious (pleasant and winsome), seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer every one.
Those are great ways to pray for, pray for opportunities to share the Gospel and pray that they can proclaim it clearly.
Some other ideas: Pray for lost people that you see as you drive around town and also for people around the world as you hear about them on the news
The next chapter, Matthew ten, opens as if in answer to that prayer. The Lord calls the twelve and sends them forth. He sent forth the twelve, and later He sent forth the seventy. And when He took leave of the disciples after He had risen, He told them to go and baptize all nations.
(‘I heard the voice of the Lord speaking to me. He said, “Many have been looking for the harvest, harvest begins with prayer.”)
1) Prayer UNITES US WITH JESUS IN COMPASSION. It is difficult, if not impossible, to pray in the Spirit for a person and still hate or despise.
2) Prayer IS for you to be send out for his harvest to spread the news of Jesus Christ
3) We need the power of the Holy Spirit to confirm that the message of salvation through Christ is true. Signs and wonders following believers He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.
4) For us to received instruction and direction, Where to go, what to do, what to say
Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. "What to do"
6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. "Where to go"
7 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand. "What to say"
8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers; raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
You may not be called to preach the Gospel in a distant land, but you are called to take the Gospel to your world. Your mission field may be your own neighborhood, your own town, your work place, to reach your family or friends. Jesus will endue you with power through the baptism of the Holy Spirit to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead and cast out devils.
Yes, you can exercise authority and set the captives free.
Yes, you can let them know that the Kingdom of God is near them.
Yes, you can let them know about the Savior, about the Good Shepherd, who will guide them to green pastures . . . pastures of peace, joy, healing and freedom from sin.
Yes, you can make a difference in this world through your prayers, through your witness, and through your giving. God will empower you to be bring Good News to the fainting, scattered sheep of this world.
Yes, you can tell them about the love of the Father and a Savior who died on Calvary. And who calls them to repent and receive the forgiveness of sins.
Yes, you can, in Jesus name!
Our message is, “Christ died for our sins,” and not, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” The King has come; He has already suffered, died, and risen from the dead. Now He offers His salvation to all who will believe.
Conclusion : Let me close with that thought
Most of you are here because Jesus the Good Shepherd has already gathered you into His flock. He saw you “harassed and helpless.” He told one of His followers to pray for your salvation. And because someone prayed, He thrust forth a laborer to declare the good news to you that He loves you and died for you. And when you heard it you gladly came to Him.
That’s the way it was for me. Years ago Jesus saw me and my potential to be harassed and had compassion on me, so He put it on the hearts of some people in my life to pray for the Lord of the Harvest to send someone at the right time to share the Gospel. What a compassionate Shepherd we have!!
It is time for souls to come into the kingdom. The harvest is ready and we must pray in such a way that the Spirit of God will invade the nations.
We need to have the attitude of Isaiah – be willing to be sent. Isaiah 6:8 I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
Prayer: Lord of the Harvest! Send forth laborers into your harvest fields! Amen!
"Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be."
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The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
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