This originally appeared on whillschurch.org as the weekly devo.
He (Jesus) gave them this charge:
“What a huge harvest! And how few the harvest hands.
So on your knees; ask the God of the Harvest to send harvest hands.” Luke 10:2
I was challenged last week to set my alarm (on my phone since I have a childhood fear of watches) everyday for 10:02. 10:02 is to remind me of Luke 10:2 – to pray for workers who are harvest hands. I’ve been doing this for a week now. 10:02, Rufus – my favorite cello player – sends me to prayer time with Jesus to ask for “Harvest Hands.”
I read the rest of that chapter today for the first time in a long time. It’s when Jesus sends out the 70 disciples on their first mission trip of sorts. I started thinking about this – if I had 70 people sign up for a mission trip, the last thing I would pray for would be more workers. I mean – that’s a lot of logistics.
But that’s because I’m looking at the situation from the wrong angle. I’m not thinking about the human condition or the need for life on life ministry. Thank God, Jesus looks beyond the inconvenience to what true ministry is.
So a couple of things for us this week…first…stop what you are doing and set your clock for 10:02. And read Luke 10. And start praying everyday that God would increase the workers.
Second, the prayer is not for more attenders but more workers…more disciples. I’m not praying (and neither should you) for God to grow our church or make our programs larger. I praying that God will grow workers, harvest hands who ARE the church where ever they go. Disciples who LOVE, LIVE, and SERVE. Workers who are involved in the messy, life on life, Kingdom work of making disciples.
Third, don’t be surprised when God answers the prayer with the pray-er. That’s not a typo. It’s one of God’s dirty tricks to actually answer prayers by using the one who is praying. Sneaky, sneaky, sneaky isn’t He?
I’ll be praying with you at 10:02