He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”
– Matthew 9:37-38 –
My overarching belief in terms of Christianity // Society // the World is that we all have a role to play. Some have big roles, some have small roles, but in general, each role just as important as the next. Based on the season we are in, we might think we are building God’s kingdom as fast as we can, or sometimes we feel like we are just struggling along to pick up the next brick // mortar. I can tell you, from my experience, that I most often feel the latter- like I’m doing nothing but mosy-ing along in this life, while other people are going on mission trips, serving above and beyond on the weekends, or selflessly giving of themselves in ways I hadn’t thought of. It’s a downer, that idea of comparison.
How Can I Send Workers When I’m Not Working?
But there’s something I miss when I’m comparing myself to others and doubting my impact. In my season of complacency, I think I truly miss that I have a huge role in the success of those endeavors, both my own and the one’s God has breathed life into from others. The catalyst for not missing these opportunities is prayer, and specifically tuning my prayers to building God’s Kingdom, no matter who is doing the heavy lifting. I read a quote by Mother Teresa recently that really spoke into this idea:
“God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.” – Mother Teresa
This is the right-kind of thinking for a few reasons- 1) it’s Mother Teresa so you know its right, 2) it’s supported by the bible. Jesus always talks about the power of prayer, and when he was faced with evil on this earth he turns to prayer [I don’t know about you, but if it’s good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for me].
Remember: Your prayers have purpose because YOU have purpose.
Squash out Comparison // Perfection with Purposeful Prayer
Comparison // Perfection are weighty subjects, but I think they are important to note here in this discussion. We are so quick to compare ourselves to the quote-unquote “perfect” Christian in this life that we forget that we all are Kingdom-builders in some way, shape, or form, whether you are a Christian or not.
And I don’t know about you, but I want to make my time count.
Even When You Can’t, Pray
To make my time count, even when it hurts, I’ll pray. I’ll pray for God’s Kingdom to inhabit // infiltrate // overrun this earth. Even when I don’t feel like I can raise my voice, I’ll praise him, and pray to him. Because He is worthy, and anything less than that is not giving my best.
And in those prayers, I’ll pray for workers. I’ll pray for the people of my workplace // church // community to be God’s hands and feet and bring beautiful to their surroundings, and bring Heaven even closer to Earth.
Imagine if everyone prayed that prayer? For more workers to be on the front lines of the fields, loving ceaselessly and caring above and beyond for the poor and powerless. What kind of great harvest would that be!
So for the month of May, that’s my focus. To memorize this verse and remember, in every interaction, that I have the option to respond with prayer for those around me, rather than condemnation or judgment. You never know who could be the biggest Kingdom builder of them all- people can surprise you.
Surprise yourself. Partner with Jesus >> be the vessel for more workers to enter this world, and in turn reap a bountiful harvest.