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By Gary Frost
NASHVILLE (BP) – Penetrating
lostness in North America is a huge task. It will require thousands of
church planters and tens of thousands of believers demonstrating and
declaring the gospel of Jesus Christ with compassion and grace.Where will those church planters come from?Jesus
told His disciples to "... pray to the Lord of the harvest ...." The
North American Mission Board is inviting Southern Baptists to join us at
10:02 each day -- morning or night -- to pray that God will send
workers into His harvest field."He told them: 'The harvest is
abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the
harvest to send out workers into His harvest'" (Luke 10:2, HCSB).
Why should you consider joining Southern Baptists in praying TenTwo? Jesus' request continues to call to us today.Jesus was asking His disciples, and He asks us, to pray with:
Jesus would have us pray for diligent workers.Jesus would have us pray for surrendered workers.Jesus would have us pray for faith-filled workers.Jesus would have us pray for courageous workers.Jesus would have us pray for humble workers.Jesus would have us pray for Christ-centered workers.
When Jesus commanded His disciples to pray the Lord of the harvest to "send," He used the Greek word ekballos,
meaning "to propel or thrust" or even "to cast out." The word has a
sense of force. As strange as it may sound, this Luke 10:2 challenge is
in essence an appeal for God to "make" workers willing to go to the
places of greatest need, places like Send North America cities and
beyond. It is a petition for God to fill the hearts of laborers with
compassion for people who need to hear about Jesus.In light of
the dire need for laborers, Jesus did not advise His disciples to
recruit, enlist or persuade. His command to them -- and to us -- is to
pray.Jesus doesn't instruct us to pursue potential laborers.
Jesus commands us to pursue the God who alone could create a longing in
the hearts of those who would respond to the immense need.Our
cities are filled with lost and disillusioned people who need to see
something more than Christianity. They need to see Jesus living and
breathing and loving through "called out" people. Such laborers must be
Christ-centered and Spirit-filled.
When Jesus challenged His
disciples to pray for the sending of laborers, He was not simply
encouraging prayer for workers to leave their Jerusalem to harvest in
Judea, Samaria and the uttermost part of the earth. Jesus was also
asking for prayer for laborers to recognize the ripe harvest in their
Jerusalem, in their neighbors. He compels us to give ourselves to
compassionate service in our own communities.We must pray that God will send teenage laborers who will engage this culture with Jesus' love.We must pray that God will send laborers of every ethnicity to reach people of every language and culture.We must pray that we are willing to become the answer to our prayer.What time is it?Gary Frost is vice president for the Midwest Region for the North
American Mission Board and coordinates prayer strategy for NAMB.
Date Created: 6/13/2013 3:44:24 PM
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