Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38
Did your mother make lists for you for the chores that needed to be done around the house? It is an organized way to keep the house and lawn in order, to teach responsibility and to learn the value of hard work. But the bottom line was, she (or your father) told you that you needed to go and do it (or you couldn’t go out to play that day).
Here in this text, Jesus emphasizes the prayer aspect of sending forth workers. We are called to pray to God so that He moves on the hearts of men to go forth and be workers in His kingdom. It is a good reminder to us in the Church that we are to be praying for the Lord to raise up servant-leaders to testify to His glorious work in Jesus. “Heavenly Father, send Your Spirit to touch hearts and minds of Your future workers in the harvest. In Jesus’ strong name. Amen.”