Monday, April 22

Two prayers

Scripture: 1 Samuel 25-26, Psalm 63, Matthew 9

Matthew 9:35–38 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Observation

Jesus was “healing every disease and sickness.”  In this chapter alone, Jesus heals a paralytic, a dead girl, a bleeding woman, two blind men, and a mute demonized man.  All of them were hopeless cases—Jesus healed them all.

When Jesus saw the crowds, He had compassion on them.  They were harassed and helpless, distressed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd.  

“Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’”

Jesus’ compassionate response to the crowds’ need was not only to heal and teach, but call His men to prayer.  More workers were needed.  The harvest was plentiful, but the workers were few!  

Application

I am encouraged that Jesus can heal any and all diseases.  Nothing is too hard for Him.  

And I am inspired by Jesus’ vision of the crowds and His compassion for them.  Sometimes I suffer from “compassion fatigue.”  I feel like I have nothing more to give.  The need is so much larger than my resources.  The answer is not to quit or give up—it’s to pray!  Ask the Lord for more workers.  

So today, I’m praying for two things: healing for my sick friends, and more workers to do Jesus’ work.

Prayer: Lord, send workers into Your harvest.  And I’ve got some sick friends who need big healings…please do a miracle for them!