I must admit that I dream often of living on a farm. Picking through the garden and hearing the animals stir are just some of the things that I really enjoy. Looking out over fields as they change through the winter, spring, summer and fall displaying the wonders of God’s creation delivers me to a peace of heart and mind.

This time of year is obviously very important in farm life- Harvest. All year the workers plan and maintain the crops trusting that weather will cooperate so the harvest will be abundant. Harvest is the time to reap all the benefits of the past year’s work.

Does His passion for soul harvest affect us?

Jesus was very concerned for the harvest as well. His harvest is the harvest of the the souls of men, women, boys and girls. A love for the lost souls of humanity drove Jesus to the cross. Does His passion for soul harvest affect us? Really, does it become important enough to us that we take action?

As we consider our part in the harvest of souls for the kingdom of God, where should we start? Prayer is the starting line for all things in the kingdom of God. In a good relationship with God, we have the ability to understand what He has for us to do, how to do it and when to do it. Matthew 9:37-38 helps us with this very thought, “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.”"

Whatever we find ourselves praying for is what has taken priority in our hearts. 

Let’s make the Great Commission a priority in our prayers as a church and individually. Pray to the Lord of the harvest because we want to reach people for Christ. Pray to the Lord of the harvest because Jesus told us to. Pray to the Lord of the harvest because we want God to use us. With all that we are let’s pray to the Lord of the harvest for the harvest.

Consider this interesting thought as you make plans to pray to the Lord of the harvest:
For according as our desires are, so are our prayers; and as our prayers are, so shall be the grace, and as that is, so shall be the measure of glory. Pray for it as earnestly as you desire it.
Jeremy Taylor, private chaplain to King Charles 1644