In Luke 10, Jesus gave the disciples His vision of the harvest as a vast field of golden wheat as far as the eye could see in every direction, stretching to the horizen. The harvest of mankind reaches across every generation, to every corner of the world, every social class & every area of human need. Jesus knew that attitude & perspective dominate vision, so He lifted up the "eyes" of His disciples to see what He sees. He shows them & us that the harvest is immense, from Jerusalem to the far flung remotest regions of the world. This was His commissionary sermon & message. One most urgent need for the Church today is to recapture that vision & to also understand the obligation we have before God to take the gospel to the whole world. Jesus warns the labourers are few for this mammoth task. But then gives the answer to what our first response is to be to so daunting a problem: "Pray!" Go to the Lord of the Harvest, ask Him to organize the whole enterprise. Pray! Ask Him to send help. While facing the great field of the world, pray to send forth labourers, to recognize as His disciples, He trains us to evangelize. The Great Commission is our job description! And prayer is the instrument given for mass & supernatural effectiveness.
It is no coincidence that The Great Commission Day falls in the midst of Heidi Baker's "Mission Possible" conference in Europe where missions leaders are gathering to be equipped for the next push foward into the world's harvest field. The timing is perfect! According to Jesus, missions & prayer have always been His strategy. The momentum is gathering, & prayer is fueling the advance. Recently, Mike Bickle (IHOP), stated, there are 20,000 Houses of Prayer across the nations, in varying shapes & sizes! The labour of Missions & the labour of prayer as Jesus intended are merging onto the frontline of our Christian service!
Luke 10:2-3 (ISV) "The harvest is vast, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the Harvest to send out His workers into His harvest. Get going! See I am sending you out like lambs among wolves."
John 4:35 "Say not, there are 4 months, then the harvest, Behold, I say, Lift up your eyes & look on the fields, for they are already white to harvest."
Encouragement to Go Deeper:
As we further prepare our hearts, ask the Lord to lift the vision of His people, the Church to see the great harvest before us. Prayer to the Lord of the Harvest to send His help, to call forth more labourers, those who will work in every nation & people group. Pray for the Missions leaders for new strategies & more open doors. Pray that the advance, momentum of the Great Commission will be accelerated throught the prayers of God's people.
Get the Word Out:
We encourage everyone to invite your friends, prayer groups & church to this extraordinary day of prayer, a national prayer push for the fulfillment of the Great Commission in every nation! Spread the word using facebook & Twitter! (#GCPrayDay)