Urgency in Prayer

Luke 10:2 - “And he said to them, ‘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.’
By: Tyler Ballew. Lead Pastor, Seven Mile Road Community Church

May 20, 2019

Luke 10 comes immediately after Jesus told His disciples the true cost of following Him. What stands at most to this reader is the stark urgency that Jesus puts to the missional realities of the Kingdom of God. Jesus says in Luke 9:62, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God. In essence, Jesus is making it clear, to be His disciple means to press forward for the Kingdom of God. Can you imagine what it would feel like to be told by Jesus that you would not be fit for the kingdom of God because you are looking back to your old life? Yet, isn’t this where we find ourselves as we labor to demonstrate and declare the gospel of Jesus Christ to our friends, neighbors, and co-workers. We ask, wouldn’t it be better if I worked here? Wouldn’t it be easier if this person said yes to Jesus or this person joined the team? Slowly, our grip slips off the plow of the mission, because we have our heads turned the other direction.

As Jesus commissions seventy-two others to go ahead of Him and proclaim the gospel of the kingdom, he anchors the urgency of the Mission in the source of direction and power that will cause them to not look back but press on ahead, prayer. Jesus says the harvest is plentiful, but laborers are few. In light of this, pray to the Lord of the harvest, so the Lord of the harvest can send out more laborers. This is an urgent call that Jesus gives to His disciples. He recognizes that they will slowly lose their grips on the plow, so they must be a people of urgent prayer. Prayers that are focused on the harvest and awakening laborers to go into that harvest sent by the Lord of the Harvest.

So often, I find myself hands calloused, feeling tired, weary, and in despair wanting to turn my head away from the Mission of the King and focus on what if’s and what could be’s. In Luke 10 Jesus is saying don’t lose sight of the source that brings direction and power to this urgent mission. Don’t lose sight of what brings true awakening to the people you pursue. Don’t lose sight of the sovereign hand of God over the harvest. He is in control. He will keep you moving. He will send you and other laborers out. Keep pressing forward in the work of prayer. This will steady the grip and keep the plow on track. The good news is that Jesus did this for us. In the garden of Gethsemane, the night before His crucifixion he was tempted to loosen His grip on the plow of the cross. So, what did He do? He prayed to the Lord of the Harvest and He said not my will Father, but yours be done. We can’t keep our grip on the urgency of this call, but Jesus did, and invites us to walk in that same power. Let’s pray to the Lord of the Harvest, because we can, because we want to, because Jesus did first.

Prayer

Father, not my will, but your will be done here on earth, in Houston, as it is in Heaven. Lord, with urgency, we cry out and ask you to send out laborers into the harvest. You say in your word that the harvest is plentiful, so we ask in one voice send out more. Keep our heads, hearts, and hands steady on your Mission. Keep us looking ahead, and with urgency help us pray. We desperately want to see your Kingdom come here. So we pray and hold on to your gospel with our very lives.