Read Matthew 9:35-38

Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.  Matthew 9:35 NASB

Observation
Wow! I love that nothing is too much for Jesus. He goes through all the cities and villages, teaching and healing “every” kind of disease and “every” kind of sickness. Jesus felt compassion for them then and He feels compassion for us now. Many of us are sick or hurting and need healing, but we all too often search for healing in the wrong places or try to heal ourselves. Jesus was telling His disciples to pray for more workers, or disciples, to be sent out by the Lord for that healing. We know that Jesus can do all things and that the harvest is His, but do we believe that we are workers and are called to harvest for Him? These verses show Jesus’ healing power, His compassion, and His command to His disciples to pray for more workers.

Application
If you are not working for the harvest, then perhaps Jesus is calling you to become a worker, and if you are a worker, then pray for more to come to the fields and begin harvesting. I know I cannot do the work on my own and that the harvest is so plentiful, that I cannot harvest them all. But together with other workers, we can harvest more together and heal more people. Are you sick or hurting? Do you believe you can be a
worker? Can you pray for more workers?

Prayer
Dear Lord of the harvest, people are sick, hurting, “distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.” May we recognize your power and compassion and know that we can be healed by you and that you call us to work together in community, and not alone. I pray that hearts would be healed, people would be made whole, and that there would be an overflow of workers to begin harvesting for you. Thank you Father for your grace and compassion on us. May all praise, honor, and glory be yours in Jesus’ name!

Eric Bimber, Connection Group Apprentice
Murrysville Campus

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