Devotional for Day 36 – October 6, 2013
Daniel Lim, International House of Prayer Kansas City
To embrace the compassionate heart of Jesus and His vision for the harvest.
“Then 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. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.’ ” (Matthew 9:35-38 NKJV)
Prayer and the work of the great commission are two inseparable realities in the heart of God. Jesus’ vision for the lost multitude produced a deep compassion and cry within His being. Out of the depths of His heart, came one of the most gracious commandments; the commandment “to pray.” Through this event in Matthew 9, we received the revelation of another crucial name of God; i.e. the Lord of the Harvest. Our Lord is the Lord of the Harvest. He always set His eyes on the harvest and has all the strategy for the harvest, including the power, the time and the personnel.
He simply commanded us to identify with His compassionate heart for the lost and to enter into the pre-eminent works of prayer; works of prayer that produce more laborers in the harvest fields. The burden for lost souls to be harvested into His glorious kingdom is burning in His heart. We need to catch that fire through prayer and active participation with the Holy Spirit in the work of His harvest. When we pray “Lord of the Harvest, send forth laborers”, often we become the answer to our prayers. We are privileged to become the sent one along with others who are sent.
Pray this Prayer:
Lord of the Harvest, the harvest is so plentiful but the laborers are so few. Lord of the Harvest, send forth laborers from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth, from the ends of the earth back to Jerusalem. Send forth laborers with all kinds of spiritual gifts. Here am I, send me too. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
1. Pray for a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit for revival and transformation of the nations of the world.
2. Pray for the lost to find Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
3. Pray for a multiplication of prayer, praise and worship to God across the world as never before, to bring great glory to God.
4. Pray for the ReFRESH conferences, Sherwood and our part in seeking revival in our country and the nations.