Journal Entry ~ 11/16/18
37 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." - Matthew 9:37-38
Prayer is God's way of winning His victory in the end through His people. Prayer starts by changing the pray-er, then He moves to change the world. This is how the kingdom comes - you can see it throughout scripture, prayer brings down bold Spirit-filled witness to God through His people. We cannot do it in our own power, though we try all the time, we simply cannot.
So many of us are hesitant to share the Gospel because it's uncomfortable - we don't know what to say and we don't like rejection. We reason that we'll leave the evangelizing to people who have that gift or the knowledge, we think we don't know enough in our own right to be able to lead someone to Christ. Or maybe, we reason, they wouldn't listen anyway...they know the gospel, and they've already rejected it. Or perhaps we think, I have to work with these people, I don't want to make it uncomfortable for the future.
All those excuses have run though my head at one point or another. The problem with each of those excuses - with ANY excuse not to share the gospel - is that we're relying on our own strength to share His word. We can't do it alone. How arrogant to think we can - how very full of ourselves to think it's too hard to share the gospel, how very selfish of us to keep this gift to ourselves.
We cannot share the gospel without His presence - every single time His Word goes out, He is there, and He will bring it to completion. We must stop relying on our own strength to share His Word, we must only rely on His Spirit. And how do we get there? How do we fill ourselves with the power of the Holy Spirit so that we can share the gospel? We pray - earnestly. What if we prayed as passionately that He fills us with the Spirit today so that as we can share the gospel as we do for our deepest prayer request? Imagine how the world would change...
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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