Praying for the Harvest
By Jennifer Wade, DDS | March 06, 2018
by Jennifer Wade, DDS
An area of prayer that I am guilty of forgetting to participate in is crying out for more workers for the harvest. I participate in discussions about injustices in healthcare and the need for more dentists, particularly Christian dentists, but I don’t ask the Lord to raise these people up. God is able to do anything, but He wants to use us, His people, to accomplish His plan so His creation can show His glory. He also tells us to ask for things because He’s a good Father who loves His children.
The power of prayer is so undeniable. How incredible would it be if the body unanimously cried out for something? While other requests may be more integral to God’s plan (i.e. asking that those unreached by the gospel will hear it), we can and should bring all our requests to God. Let’s ask Him for more Christ-centered dentists to join in the mission of caring for the poor and spreading the good news of Christ.
We can also ask God to bring more believers to dental schools so they can be equipped with a skill that allows them to serve and love the least of these.
Let’s consider adding more of this to our prayer lives. Asking God to lead more of His flock to step out in faith and be workers in the harvest. Let’s in particular pray for more dentists to devote their careers to serving the Lord as their primary goal and for there to be an increase of faith in Christ in dental schools. To help with the latter, we can ask for more believing dentists to be involved with dental schools and students, whether through a local CMDA chapter or even going to work in the schools. What a great way to help disciple believers to use the great education they are being given to pursue the Lord and seek for His kingdom to be on earth as it is in heaven.
“And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest’” (Matthew 9:35-38, ESV).
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