Pray For The Nations

the harvest is plentiful

Why We Pray

 In Exodus 32 and again in Exodus 33, we see God passing judgement on Israel and Moses interceding for them. Each time Moses intercedes, the Lord relents. In these acts, Moses sets an example of what it means to go before the Lord and intercede on a people’s behalf. The greatest example we have, of course, is Jesus Christ who is seated at the right hand of God the Father and intercedes for us (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25). Not only that, Christ told his disciples in Matthew 9:37-38, “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.”

At Redeemer Fellowship Church, we recognize it is not always possible for all of us to go to the nations. However, we can and must intercede in prayer every day for people around the world. Thus, on the first Sunday of every month we dedicate a portion of our Sunday morning service to pray for a specific people group, nation, or missionary. We pray for the Lord to save the lost, for believers to be encouraged and faithful to their mission to share the gospel, and for our congregation to support them in whatever way the Lord instructs. We also encourage our congregation to take a prayer card and spend the entire month praying over that specific people group or person.

the month of June

Laborers to Be Sent

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In May we spent the month praying for the nation of Senegal. For the month of June, we will be specifically praying that the Lord of the harvest would send out workers into His field. 

  • The International Mission Board (IMB) defines an Evangelical Christian as, “a person who believes that Jesus Christ is the sole source of salvation through faith in Him, has personal faith and conversion with regeneration by the Holy Spirit, recognizes the inspired word of God as the only basis for faith and Christian living, and is committed to Biblical preaching and evangelism that brings others to faith in Jesus Christ.

  • “Therefore, an Evangelical church is a church that is characterized by these same beliefs and principles. Some churches that are not considered Evangelical in faith and practice may contain members who are Evangelical."

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pray to the Lord of the harvest

35 Jesus continued going around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. 38 Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.” ~  Matthew 9:35-38 (CSB)

 

14 How, then, can they call on him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about him? And how can they hear without a preacher? 15 And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news. ~ Romans 10:14-15 (CSB)

 

Jesus’ command is to pray that the Lord would raise up those who would go into the world and share the Gospel, the Good News that the Kingdom of God had come. The harvest is plentiful, he said. There are those whom God has chosen before the foundation of the world to be called sons and daughters of the Most High. The harvest is plentiful, however, the workers are few.

 

Many years later, Paul, one of those whom Jesus himself harvested from the harvest field, challenged Christians when he wrote, "This is why Jesus’ command was to “pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.”

 

As the Gospel of Jesus Christ has spread throughout the millennia and has reached almost every corner of the globe, the command to ask the Lord to mobilize people and send them out to all the nations is still our Savior’s command for us to obey. 

how can we pray?

  • Pray that the Lord would raise up believers in their own countries to be bold in sharing the gospel with their neighbors, friends, and families.

  • Pray that the Lord would give wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to believers to gather disciples together and plant churches.

  • Pray that the Lord would mobilize churches from around the world to send long-term missionaries to those people groups, countries, and cultures that have never heard the gospel.

  • Pray that the Lord would move in our own hearts and lives; giving us opportunities to share the gospel with the nations here in Evansville, convicting us to support missionaries through prayer, financial, and other means, and calling us out to go and make disciples of all nations.

  • Pray that the Lord of the harvest would send out workers into His harvest.