Matthew 9:37-38 “The harvest truly is plentiful…Therefore
pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His
Ripe tomatoes are good, but over ripe or spoiled tomatoes
are nasty. When harvesters neglect to judge the timing of the
ripened fruit accurately crops can be lost. In this text Jesus points
to a problem with the harvesting of souls for the Kingdom. The
problem is with laborers and their desire to join the harvest force.
It seems that He is teaching His followers that the struggle they
will face in seeing the Kingdom come in people’s lives rests in the
Two issues seem to surface: timing (recognizing the readiness of
the harvest) and motivation to go to the fields. Both are critical to
the harvest and both are connected and influenced by the other.
Both are also cured with the same remedy – prayer. Not just any
kind of prayer – urgent prayer toward the raising up and sending
out of the harvesters. Ever wonder why the gospel is moving
forward so slowly in North America? Why are workers so few in
your harvest fields? When awakening really takes place, believers
will awaken to the harvest that is in their midst.
• Pray for the Lord to awaken you and His workers to the harvest
that is all around them
• Pray for the North American church to be devoted to prayer
toward the harvest