First Pray!

The urgency of the work might seem to demand that each worker run into the field and begin the harvest. However, we are impressed by the fact that Jesus said, "Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest." This verse hits the cruciality of prayer. Prayer is not a substitute for reaping, but a companion activity. The workers are urged to pray and then go to work. In our day let us pray earnestly that there may be more workers to help harvest billions of souls who need to know Christ. The task can be accomplished only if every Christian takes seriously his daily duty, personal responsibility to teach, to preach concerning the kingdom, and help all manner of people in need.

All of us want to be as much like our Lord as possible. We want to think like He thought, speak like He spoke, and to live like he lived. If we will work as He worked, we can make great strides toward becoming like Him. Let each of us prepare himself to teach, privately or publicly or both. Let each of us prepare himself to
speak in some appropriate way concerning the kingdom and salvation.

First Pray! "Say not ye, there are yet four months, and then cometh harvest. Behold, I say unto you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal; that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. "(John 4:35-36)

Paul wrote, "I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth, to the Jew first, and also to
the Greek." (Rom. 1: 14-16).

Someone wrote, "Thanks for prayers that thou hast answered. Thanks for what thou doest deny. Thanks for storms that I have weathered, Thanks for all Thou doest supply, Thanks for pain and thanks for pleasure, Thanks for comfort in despair.
Thanks for grace that none can measure, Thanks for love beyond compare."

Today most of us pray for more things than we are willing to work for. YET, PEOPLE MUST NOT PRAY FOR GOD TO DO WHAT THEY WILL NOT DO.

by: W. A. Martin

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