Crumbs
August 10, 2020
330. Week of Twentieth Sunday after Trinity - Sunday
Send forth labourers into His harvest
          The harvest, truly, is plentiful, but the labourers are few; pray therefore to the Lord of the harvest that He will send forth labourers into His harvest.   Mathew 9:37,38
          If you take a general view of the heathen world and even of Christian countries where so many churches are served by false teachers, in what condition do you find the people? They are famished spiritually and scattered abroad as sheep having no shepherd. Isn't that a sight to move you with compassion? Can your Christian heart see this and remain cold and indifferent? Jesus was moved with compassion when He saw a condition similar to what we see today, and, therefore said to His disciples: "The harvest, truly, is plentiful, but the labourers are few; pray therefore to the Lord of the harvest that He will send forth labourers into His harvest." And He says this to us. We should pray to God, beseech Him fervently to grant labourers, preachers of the Gospel, who are to garner immortal souls for His Kingdom. For wherever sowing is being done, wherever the Word of God is preached, there also, without fail, will be a harvest, there men will be brought to faith in Christ and obtain salvation. For God says of His Word that is preached: "It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it." (Is. 55:11) But do we Christians pray to God for labourers as the Saviour bids us pray? Do you? Alas, we must confess to much coldness of heart. If we Christians truly prayed to God to send forth labourers into His harvest, He would surely gladly and abundantly grant our prayer. Indeed, by such prayer God would open the heart of many a one to say: "Here am I; send me!" (Is. 6:8) It is our fault that there are so few labourers. God is willing to give, but we do not ask Him; God is willing to send, but we do not go.
          PRAYER: - Lord, for Jesus' sake forgive to me this sin, that with such coldness of heart I behold how all the world is famishing spiritually, that, though you command us to pray for labourers, I nevertheless pray so seldom and so poorly, and that on my own part I do so little toward sending out labourers into the field. Give to me the precious gift of your Holy Spirit, yes, through Him, I beseech You, inflame the hearts of many Christians and move them with sincere compassion and to fervent prayer and willing service. Amen.

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