08.03.22 | Harvest Workers
During our time of fasting and prayer, we will focus on these verses from today’s BREAD reading in Matthew 9:35-38.
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
Spend your time meditating specifically on Jesus’ request in verse 38, “Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into the harvest field.”
Use the four movements of FAST to focus on this request:
- Focus: Find a quiet place to settle your mind and open yourself to the Holy Spirit’s presence.
- Adoration: Spend time honoring and exalting God, tell him what you appreciate about him. Contemplate on who he is and what he has done. You might even be able to get a sense of his presence with you.
- Speak: Commune with God, taking moments to both speak to him about what’s on your heart and to pause and listen for his voice. Use journals to write down what you hear him say. Ask simple follow up questions like, “is there anything else you’d like me to know about [fill in the topic]” to really get to the heart of what Jesus wants to communicate to you and what you want to say to him or plead for while you fast.
- Transform: Commit to taking active steps to change or address what the Lord revealed during your time of fasting.
During the third step, Speak, ask God if there is anything specific for you as his worker entering the harvest. Take note of any opportunities you are hearing from him.
And during the last step, Transform, commit to stepping into those opportunities, spaces, or ways God revealed to you as his harvest worker.
As always, we encourage you to share any commitments you make with a brother or sister in Christ to help keep you accountable to those decisions.