In yesterday’s blog I mentioned four things that God will always give to us if we ask for it when we pray. The four blessings from God are strength, joy, peace, and wisdom. I also suggested that if we had those four things and we were growing in them we wouldn’t be fussing much about difficult circumstances and events because we could fix them, change them, or overcome them.
A fifth prayer request that God will always answer is referred to in the Bible in Luke 10:2 “And Jesus was saying to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” If Jesus commands us to pray a certain request He certainly is going to answer it. The problem they had 2,000 years ago is the same one we have today, there were people everywhere that did not know God, and there were very few people sharing the truth of the gospel with them. They either were intimidated, busy, didn’t care, indifferent, or didn’t know what to say, and it is that same way today. So Jesus said, pray and the Father will send out laborers into the world to be witnesses.
During our “Five Days of Prayer” event, this prayer request is number one. We pray for the missionaries, the pastors of the church’s in Africa that we have started, the people in those churches, the people in our own church here in Jefferson, and the people in the churches in the United States.
When we “beseech” that is pray fervently, God will send us out. He will do that by putting His heart in us, His love for the people that drove Him to the cross. When He sends us we will have a very strong sense of urgency and a very strong sense that what He wants us to share with others is very important for people to hear. God can do that, but he is waiting for people to pray diligently and fervently because they do care.
That is a much more noble thing to pray for than a comfortable life.