Pray Ye Therefore

Jesus saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion, and He commanded His disciples (that includes you and me) to pray that the Lord of would send forth laborers (Matthew 9:36-38). Notice that it does not say that the Lord would call laborers, but rather send them. So why are there literally billions of souls around the world that have never heard the Gospel, and as it looks right now, they never will? Who is to blame? Certainly not those lost sheep with no access to the Gospel. Certainly not God. That leaves only you and me. God says that we are guilty and that we ought to be ashamed! “Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame” (1 Corinthians 15:34).

Could our refusal to lift up our eyes on the fields show that we don’t want to be moved with compassion? Is our lack of prayer cause by fear that God might send our children? Or our grandchildren? Or our tithing church members? Or our youth director? Or our pastor? Or, God forbid, me?