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The Prayer We're Afraid To Pray

Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe | October 26, 1975

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Jesus commands us to pray for laborers to be sent into the harvest, so why don’t we? Many don’t obey this command because they’re afraid of the consequences. Pastor Wiersbe explains that as we follow this command to pray for laborers, we begin to see things as Jesus sees them, then we will begin to follow in His footsteps and do what He did. May we pray every day for laborers!

Transcripts for Dr. Wiersbe's sermons are forthcoming. Below is an outline of his message.

Prayer is often the most important thing we can do in a situation, but sometimes it can become a substitute for something else.

Jesus commands us to pray for laborers to be sent into the harvest.

Many people do not obey this command because they are afraid of the consequences.

If we are truly praying for God to send laborers into the harvest, three consequences occur in our lives:

  • We will start seeing what Jesus saw.
    • What we see on the outside of ourselves is a reflection of what we are on the inside.
    • When Jesus looked at the multitudes, He saw a school that needed teaching, so He taught them the Word of God.
    • Jesus saw a kingdom that needed peace.
    • Jesus saw a hospital that needed healing.
    • Jesus saw a flock that needed shepherding.
  • We will start feeling what Jesus felt.
    • Matthew says the Jesus was moved with compassion in His whole inner being when He looked on the multitudes.
    • Jesus had compassion for the hungry, sick, sorrowing, and the handicapped.
    • Most importantly, Jesus had compassion for lost
  • We will start doing what Jesus did.
    • Jesus ministered to people Himself.
    • We can all serve the Lord in some way where we are.
    • Jesus equipped other people to serve God and others too.

Pray every day for laborers of God’s work, and God will begin to answer that prayer in your life.

When you pray for laborers you multiply the laborers in God’s field.

The laborers are few because the prayers are few.

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