In the Gospel of Matthew Chapter 9 Jesus gave a commission to His disciples – “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” I think we are afraid to pray this prayer for the harvest because we probably know what the Lord’s answer is going to be – “Ok… Go!” However, this is a heart issue that Christians need to deal with. It has to do with our unwillingness to do whatever the Lord commands us to do. We prefer our comforts and the safety zones of our home more then we prefer obey God’s call for missions. Therefore, it is easier for most Christians to egnore this altogether then to have to deal with God actually calling them to be engaged.
Here is the second point that needs to be considered. God commanded that prayer precede the harvest. He did not automatically say, “Go” He said, “pray.” I think God knew what He was doing. He wants to change our hearts first and that is what prayer does. When we start praying for people God always moves on our heart first and starts flooding us with compassion. That is where it begins. However, sad to say a lot of Christians are unwilling to allow this work of God to take place in their hearts.