Dear Hope family,

Thought for the Week

Prayer for Workers.

Luke 10v2 “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into the harvest field.”  (NIV)

Our Vision: What do you see when you look out at the world? – Do you see a great harvest for Jesus? People who desperately need his forgiveness and empowering? People who can be encouraged to respond to His message? Despite the opposition, Jesus saw a great harvest. Lord, open our eyes to what you see.

Our Limits: What boundaries and obstacles do you see? Jesus could see limited resources. A great harvest needs lots of workers to gather it in. If there is a great “combine harvester” in this field, it is the Holy Spirit – but it would seem most of the time, the Holy Spirit uses us, God’s children. Do you feel overwhelmed at the task? If you can see the harvest Jesus sees, you probably do.

Jesus’ solution: God is not limited and he has no boundaries. All creation belongs to him. He is not short of resources. In the previous chapter (Luke 9), Jesus has fed over 5000 from just five loaves and two fish. So Jesus’s clear instruction is to turn to God and ask for the resources necessary for this task. Most pertinent amongst the resources is “workers”. Leaders and managers are great, but what the harvest most needs is workers: people who will get out in the fields equipped with the Holy Spirit (That is the one requirement – Acts 1v8). Jesus tells us to pray for God to send them.

Do you see the harvest here in Telford? In your street or workplace? Do you feel inadequate for the task? Are you praying for God to equip and send out workers? This is definitely a prayer that is in line with the will of God.

Lord of the harvest, send workers into the harvest field of Telford we pray.

With love and blessing,