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Reaching people starts with prayer

God calls us to go into the harvest field—but effective going begins with effectual praying.

Glenn Burris Jr.

John Wesley said: “You have nothing to do but to save souls. Therefore, spend and be spent in this work. And go always, not only to those that need you, but to those that need you most.”

The number of people needing the gospel and ready to be reached today is unprecedented. The prophetic statement Jesus made regarding the harvest applied to not only the 12 disciples, but also to all future disciples until the end of the age.

The harvest of unreached people is still plentiful, and the laborers are few. As the church, we have two responses of obedience to the Lord of the harvest. Hands and feet still matter in the mission of God, but Jesus also said to begin with prayer: “Pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (Matt 9:38, ESV).

We have a clear and prioritized invitation from Jesus to engage God in the process to reach all peoples. Whether in solitude or in community, the joining of our hands in prayer is the first key to the pipeline of reaching the world with the gospel.

With nearly 7,000 unreached people groups representing over 41 percent of the entire world, feet are desperately needed. We still need to send, and that means we still must go. As the apostle Paul wrote, referencing the prophet Isaiah: “How beautiful [still] are the feet of those who bring the good news!” (Rom 10:15, ISV).

God sent and appointed His Son, Jesus, to come to us, who in turn sent His Spirit to intercede for us. We reflect this mercy and work when we pray for the harvest and respond in obedience to His command to go and make disciples of all nations. The Lord of the harvest has called every one of us. Are we listening?

is president of The Foursquare Church.
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