If you have ever been on the mission field, you know the overwhelming truth of this verse – the harvest is so great and the workers so few. Jesus tells us to pray that workers would be sent out into His harvest fields. Hmmm, is this a regular one on our prayer list? It should be. For some of us we don’t pray about this because it’s the last thing on our minds. For others of us, we don’t pray for it because we’re afraid we’ll be one of the ‘called’ to go work. Neither of these are acceptable to the Lord of the harvest.
I have to remind myself often that it’s His harvest and His work – if called, I just have to be faithful in going. I always look forward to going on mission trips, but it never fails that my flesh raises it’s head every time and I get scared. I’m not sure what I get scared about – maybe the unknown. I know a large part of the fear is spiritual warfare. The enemy hates mission work, he hates the gospel being preached in the nations, and he hates people helping the poor and oppressed – so I’m never surprised when fear over going into the nations arises. Grady and I are in the process now of praying about where the Lord would have us go next year. It’s always amazing to see how the Lord works and where He’ll call us to go. After being on several mission trips now, I have more than the unknown to fear – I have an idea now of what to fear – spiritual warfare, sickness, etc. Even though these fears arise, they are not enough to keep me from going – as long as the Lord calls me to go, I will be obedient for the glory of His Name. Please pray for workers to be sent – the need is great and yes, the harvest is plentiful!