vv 37-38 He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”
The emphasis in this Harvest parable is on sharing in the work of gathering in the harvest – drawing people into the Kingdom of God – and of asking God to send out more workers into the fields of humanity.
This has long been the prayer of many Christians longing to see the work of Mission go forward in the world. Ask almost any Church leader anywhere and you will be told there are insufficient volunteers to help build the Kingdom of God. Look at the literature produced by Missionary Societies or Christian enterprises and you will very often find listed jobs which need to be done and the kind of volunteers needed by the society. Even in Upper Beeding there is a need for volunteers to work in the Hub, whether in the Café, the BeFriend Scheme, the Coffee rota – you name it!
The whole mission of furthering the work of God in the world has always depended on people volunteering for it. Some posts carry a salary, but many others carry no reward in monetary terms.
So this week, pray for volunteers to join in the service of God’s Kingdom. There is plenty of work to be done, much of it behind the scenes and unsung, nevertheless important if God’s Kingdom is to advance in this generation. So join in praying:
Lord God, you inspire women and men to serve your purposes, please raise up fresh servants of your Kingdom from amongst us, AMEN.