Luke 10:2 “Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.”
Much of the world operates by schedule and routine. Whether it be a home, a government, a business, or a church, all run more smoothly when running in an orderly fashion.
Churches have meetings scheduled for their members to attend. But do we schedule our time as well? Do we plan our spiritual life as diligently as we would in our business?
If you have been saved for any length of time, and attend a growing, thriving church, they will give attendance to personal devotions, prayer, bible reading, and much more.
The disciples set forth an example for us when the early church was first formed.
Acts 2:42 “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”
Their meeting was not a social gathering singly. The church’s goal is to grow its members. There was teaching, preaching, discipleship, and prayer. They also ate together, but it wasn’t the main event. In doing as God commanded, they saw great things happen.
Acts 2:46-47 “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”
The emphasis on prayer comes through God’s Word.
Psalm 55:17 “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.”
1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.”
Psalm 119:164 “Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.”
Our Heavenly Father asks us to engage in prayer for things needed and necessary for the gospel to go forth. Jesus tells His disciples as well as us to pray for more workers to go out into the fields and win the lost. The work is best done by those whose hearts have been moved by God to do so.
As I read today’s passage, I was reminded of a dear friend’s admonition regarding this verse specifically. He said that at 10:02 every day, he has set an alarm that reminds him to pray for laborers for his church, for his country, and around the world to accept the call to go and give the gospel to every creature.
Far too often, we will tell someone we will pray and forget to do so. Technology today allows us to schedule spiritual as well as earthly activities. Practically, we should copy Luke 10:2 into our meeting scheduler so that when the reminder pops up, it shows the verse. Then, at 10:02 every day, we will be reminded to pray as Christ asked for laborers to be sent into the fields.
If you are like me, I often get involved in an activity, and time seems to fly. I need to set up a method that will help me keep that which I am commanded to do as well as be accountable.
I may blow right be the reminder and swipe off my phone as well as from my sight. But, by making a recurring reminder, I will have done more than if I hadn’t set any alarm at all.
God’s work needs human elements to accomplish their purpose. We must do as instructed because God’s plan works. We would all love to hear:
Matthew 25:23 “His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”
To do so, we must serve faithfully those things which are commanded and expected of us. I want to think that having set a reminder on my computer or phone would be an easy way to be that faithful servant.