“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest.” Andy Harker, a missionary from Crosslinks UK working as the
Programmes Director for iServe Africa in Kenya shares… “The prayer Jesus wants is for more workers to bring in the harvest of people that the Lord has prepared for Himself. It’s a famous
prayer for missions mobilisation. But notice who is being told to pray. It is those who Jesus is sending out (Luke 10:2). Missionaries.
Disciples commissioned by Jesus himself to preach the kingdom and prepare the way for the king. Not only are they told to go but as they go they are told to pray for others to go. Others
meaning not just their friends but who are not ‘following along with us’ (Luke 9:49). Others who are part of other groups, other denominations, other church tribes and circles. Others
who are not like us or with us. Others who we will be tempted to condemn and scorn. Others who are… dare we say it…
Competition. It is so easy, so human, to start thinking in terms of competition and market and share of the pie. To start thinking of my field, my strategy, my programme, my church, my empire. So when another church or organisation comes along that seems to be doing the same thing as we are, or targeting the same group of people, or working in the same area, the default is so easily
not to be overjoyed and praise God for more harvesters in the harvest field but to feel threatened, annoyed, jealous, scornful.
Jesus wants to explode all of that, to widen my tiny vision to a kingdom vision, to see His Kingdom, His Church. To see the vastness of the task. To see his sovereignty over the harvest
and the harvesters. To see ‘competitors’ as fellow labourers who are ‘for us’ (Luke 9:50). What Jesus is calling for is for a church planter to pray for other church planters to be raised up, from other denominations, to plant churches in the same area he is targeting. What Jesus is calling for is for missionaries to pray for other missionaries to be raised up, from other mission agencies, to reach the people they are seeing to reach. What Jesus is calling for is for iServe Africa to pray for others to start similar ministry apprenticeship schemes in Kenya and beyond. Because the harvest is huge. And the harvest is not ours.
Source: iServe Africa
Bible Study: Luke 10:2
APRIL: Praise God for the gift of prayer. Pray WIDER for steps of faith into new territories and an awareness of God GOING before them.