Praying for What We are Unwilling to Do

Wednesday is for Prayer

I have been doing some research on “the man of peace” (lit. son of peace) in Luke 10:6. Probably have 50 pages so far of journal articles, commentary and exegetical notes on the phrase and how some missiologists interpret the phrase. But this post isn’t about that. It’s about a side comment by Warren Wiersbe in his Bible Exposition Commentary on Luke 10:2.

“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

I have written often about Luke 10:2. (here and here and here). But Dr. Wiersbe had some simple and brilliant insight.

Harvesting is hard work, even when there are many people helping you, but these men were sent into a vast field with very few workers to help them reap a great harvest. Instead of praying for an easier job, they were to pray for more laborers to join them, and we today need to pray that same prayer. (Please note that it is laborers, not spectators, who pray for more laborers! Too many Christians are praying for somebody else to do a job they are unwilling to do themselves.) [Underline emphasis added]

Lord of the harvest, would You raise up workers to labor in the fields that are white for harvest? Your Spirit is at work even now in our community. Make us bold to go into the field and harvest the fruit of His work. Give us fruit that remains for Your glory. Make us willing to go; make us bold in our going; keep us humble and make us fruitful so that the nations will know that You are worthy of all honor and praise and majesty. Lord start with me. For the glory of the Savior, we ask it. Amen.

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