Praying In A Harvest
I challenged you and myself on Sunday morning to resolve to pray 15 minutes every day this week for a harvest of lost souls. Jesus said: "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" (Mat. 9:37,38).
But perhaps you’re a little intimidated by the thought of praying 15 minutes for the unsaved. You fear there is nothing left to say after 4 or 5 minutes of praying. So, here are some thoughts that may help you.
Before you pray, think about the things you want to pray about and if helpful, make a list. You can pray for your own heart, for others in the church who have committed themselves to prayer, for people you know who don’t know Jesus. You can ask God for opportunities and courage to witness. Be honest. Be bold. Pour out your heart.
Have your Bible open. Read a line, put it into your own words and turn it into a prayer. Don’t get distracted by things you don’t understand. Ask God to do this in your life and in our church. Some suggested passages are: Colossians 3:1-4, 1 Timothy 2:3-6, 1 Pet. 3:9-11, Ephesians 5:1,2 and Revelation 7:9,10.
Pray for specific unreached people groups in the world. Check out www.joshuaproject.net for more information and a list of prayer requests.
If you can, pray on your knees, not for additional power but to show humility and dependence. When you kneel, you express in a small way your submission to God (Eph. 3:14).
Keep on praying for the full 15 minutes. Sometimes praying comes easy; but often it is just hard work. Epaphras “struggled” in his prayers for the believers (Col. 4:12).
Praying with you and for you,