Friday, June 10, 2016

He commanded us to PRAY earnestly!

This month many of us around the world have been joining together to pray for and with our Muslim friends.  It is the month of Ramadan when Muslims around the world fast and pray with great diligence.  As Jesus followers, we pray for God’s work among and blessing upon the huge populations of Muslims around the world who do not yet know of God’s incredible love for them.  If you aren’t yet joining in the 30 days of Prayer effort, please do join now! You can see daily prayer focus info at

 Praying for the unreached, the poor, the needy, the last, least and lost is not only a good thing to do, its something Jesus commanded.  In Matt 9:38 He said “pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”  How often do you pray for the unreached, that laborers would GO to them?  Are you praying earnestly today? I believe you are!  Jesus said the harvest was ripe and ready, but the laborers weren’t enough.  Many more people need to Go!

I heard a message the other day about Jesus’ return being around the corner.  As the pastor said, we are truly at a place where Jesus could come back any time.  People from every tribe and nation have almost certainly heard and come to faith.  We are really, really close to the fulfillment of those words Jesus said “And this gospel shall be preached in the whole earth, and then the end will come.” 

As I heard him speak, while a part of me longs for His return and for Heaven, another part of my heart cried out within me “Not yet, Jesus.  Not yet!”  I thought of the millions of Yadav people in Jharkhand and Bihar state who still haven’t heard of Him.  I thought of the millions of Shaikh Muslims in Telangana who still have no known believers among them yet.  I thought of the ripe harvest waiting there if only some people would go there and take His message to them. 

So, today, I ask you to join with me to pray earnestly to the Lord to send out laborers to those who have not yet heard the good news and encountered God’s love.  Who will go?  Who will send?  Time is short.  Pray that God would enable us to quickly start many new teams that will go to those who have never heard, to the New Pioneer Areas.  Pray that harvest workers would soon take his message to these places that are so desperately in need both spiritually and physically. 

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