There before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language.
Anyone who is on the mailing list of a
missionary or Christian organization is
familiar with the final paragraph of the
letter explaining how supporters can
help. Typically, this section includes a
request for prayer, and it may be the
most important part of the whole letter.
worker Gloria Furman
wrote, “Missions is the fruit of prayer
In Luke 10, we are invited to witness a
commissioning service. Jesus sends
missionaries to visit all
the surrounding towns, to spend time
with the citizens, to heal the sick, and
to proclaim the saving name of Christ to
everyone who would listen.
might seem like a large
number of gospel workers, but,
surprisingly, Jesus says it is not even
close to enough. He exhorts his hearers
to pray for more. So we too must not be
satisfied by one preacher here or there
when the world needs a vast company
The promised great harvest is not
always visible to human eyes. At the
time Jesus spoke these words, the total
number of those who embraced Him
as the Messiah was probably smaller
than the size of many churches today.
For us, too, it can be hard to imagine
very many coming to Christ. Most of us
have never witnessed the conversion of
huge numbers of people like the three
thousand at Pentecost on a single day
(Acts 2:41)—but these verses give us
an incentive to pray for it. A harvest of
souls is waiting, promises Jesus, and it
is amazingly large.
When we pray for the conversion of
many, we pray alongside Christ Himself
whom the Father invites, “Ask me, and I
will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession”
Apply the Word
Do you pray for missions with a sense of anticipation? One day you will see with your own eyes “a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb” (Rev. 7:9). Meditate on this promise, and allow it to compel your prayer for the people of the world.
Pray with Us
Include the Chicago campus Public Safety team in your prayers today. We are grateful for all they do on our campus to create a safe environment. Pray God’s protection over Alexander Logan, Andrea Smith, Beau Pieniak, and Brian Stoffer.