“So pray to the Lord of the harvest to force out and thrust laborers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:38 Amplified
Chapter 9 of Matthew has an interesting sequence of events. 1. A paralyzed man is healed. 2. A woman with an issue of blood is healed. 3. A young girl is raised from the dead. 4. Two blind men are healed. 5. A dumb man is healed. The sequence of scripture is interesting too. 1. The paralyzed man is forgiven of his sins. 2. Jesus tells the woman with the issue of blood her faith made her well. 3. The dead girl was not dead, Jesus says she was only sleeping. 4. The two blind men are told by Him that according to their faith their healing would be done. 5. The dumb man had a demon driven out. At the end of all of this the Word says the crowds were stunned and bewildered. Jesus looks on the throng is moved with pity and sympathy for them, and He says that they were like sheep without a shepherd. The last verse of chapter 9 says, “So pray for the Lord of the harvest to force out and thrust laborers into His harvest.” That’s Jesus speaking about Himself and to us.
What I see in these verses is the sequence of events in a believers spiritual walk. 1. We are paralyzed in life and are forgiven of our sins. 2. We have issues, spiritual and physical, but have faith that God can heal us. 3. As we progress in our walk we sometimes fall asleep and become contented instead of taking action. 4. We may even become blind to those around us who are lost or to cultural problems we should take a stand against. 5. Finally, when things get bad around us we seek Jesus to drive the demon of complacency out so that we can be used to serve as labors in the harvest, gathering others into the sheepfold.
Pray that the Lord of the harvest will force out and thrust laborers, you, into His harvest today, we so desperately need it.