An Ancient Prayer Request

posted Feb 18, 2014, 2:59 PM by Ginger Bowman
Over the last year, it seems that one of the needs I hear most from college ministry leaders in our churches is for more workers.  So many churches have difficulty finding adults who will help lead and teach the college students in their churches.  One pastor in a South Texas church shared that when they began to offer something for college students, the response was great, but they were limited because they hadn't been able to find other adults to help lead the ministry.  A pastor can only do so much.  

Ministry to college students requires a lot of attention.  Dave Kinnaman calls it "relational surface area."   Those of us who work with college students understand.  Whether you're a college minister, a college minister/youth minister or for some, a college minister/youth minister/minister of education, you know there is only so much relational time you have to invest in students. We need more workers for the harvest.  

Of course, this isn't a new problem.  It's been around since, well, since Jesus.  In Matthew chapter 9:37-38, Jesus said to his disciples,   “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”(NIV)  It wasn't the harvest that Jesus wanted them to pray for.  It was the workers.  

Students on campuses around Texas are responding to Jesus.  Many of them are ready to hear.  They are hungry for the good news of the Gospel.  But we need more workers.  I wish I had a perfect strategy to share, a foolproof plan for recruiting large numbers of adult volunteers.  I don't.  But there is this.  Jesus said to ask the Lord of the Harvest.  I wonder what might happen if we got down on our knees, and prayed fervently and consistently to the Lord of the Harvest for workers.  What might He do?  I am convinced the need is great.  Would you join me in praying?  

Matthew 9:36-38 "When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
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