Luke 10:2 Challenge – Prayer for the Harvest

The power of prayer is written about throughout Scripture, and you’ve probably seen it firsthand. At WGM, we’re emphasizing the Luke 10:2 Challenge.

“He told them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’” (Luke 10:2 NIV)

There is no question that God is at work in our world, drawing men, women, and children to Himself. He is restoring the broken, reconciling relationships, transforming hearts and minds, and saving souls. But He is also asking us—all of us who claim Him as Lord and Savior—to join Him in this wonderful work.

Each morning at 10:02 a.m., WGM staff members and some of our missionaries stop whatever is going on, and we pray. We pray for the Lord to send out more workers to the mission field as we seek to double our impact.

ACT: Will you take the Luke 10:2 Challenge? Set an alarm or notification on your phone or calendar to remind you to pray at 10:02—a.m. or p.m., whichever fits your schedule best—for God to send more workers from all over the world into His harvest field. Remember, the “mission field” isn’t just far-off places; it’s wherever people are who need to hear about the love of Jesus Christ.

The Backfiring Car Defeats Bandits

The mission field can be dangerous, and WGM equips missionaries for those types of situations. However, sometimes only God can intervene to help those in need. Read this excerpt from The Best of the Story: Miraculous Answers to Prayer to learn how God used a car to save those who were in great need as they served Him on the field.

“And they journeyed: and the terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.” Genesis 35:5

“When World Gospel Mission had missionaries in China, frequently bandits took possession of cities to rob and plunder. Missionary George Warner, later president of the WGM, wrote of the time he rescued two young Chinese school teachers from a town occupied by robbers.

“After locating the teachers, gunfire forced Warner and his companions to abandon the car to seek shelter in a nearby building. On returning, they discovered five or six bullets had smashed the windshield, penetrated the car, and hit tire treads, but the car immediately started.

“As they were fleeing across plowed fields trying to get out of gun range, the engine began to backfire. Warner had noted earlier that the carburetor was cracked and had tried to fix it with soap. While backfiring, the radiator began to boil, and fire started beneath the hood. Fearing an explosion, they fled and sought refuge in a ditch. Suddenly the radiator hose burst, and the car was enveloped in smoke and steam. At the same time, the shooting from the bandits ceased.  Warner returned and reattached the burned hoses while others found water for the radiator. He was amazed when the car started and they were able to escape without injury.

“Later, he saw that the fire in the engine had welded the cracked carburetor, and the exploding water lines had put out the fire. Everything had been “fixed” by the backfiring of the car. But why did the firing from the bandits cease? The backfiring car with the sound of exploding water hoses accompanied by smoke had caused the bandits to think that well-armed men were in the car and were firing in self-defense. The bandits fled.”

“Our God has the ability to distract the hearing and vision of the enemy so that he thinks we are well defended—which indeed we are.”

Will you pray for missionaries on the field? Pray that they will be protected in miraculous ways in the face of danger. Use www.wgm.org/praycal or www.wgm.org/lifeline as resources for your prayer life.

Warriors Needed: This work is not my own

Chrissy Greenwell is a missionary serving in church ministries in Mexico. In this excerpt from her latest prayer letter, Chrissy shares about the biblical value placed on warriors and explains how you can become a warrior yourself.

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“In my devotional readings these past several weeks, I’ve noticed a recurring theme of warriors. There were warriors in the Old Testament who went out to conquer the Promised Land. There were warriors who went out to defeat the enemy and take back that which was stolen. There were also warriors (prophets) who battled the enemy by declaring the prophetic words of the Lord. In the New Testament we read of warriors who didn’t give up their faith but held on to the hope they had in Jesus Christ. Other warriors were taken unjustly before kings and other rulers, and there they seized the opportunity given to proclaim the Good News. And as Paul wrote to the churches, he sought warriors to join him in battle.

“Though separated by a great physical distance, know that I count on you, dear warriors, to help carry this ministry through to glory! Without your continued prayer and financial support, I could not be here, and many lives would be untouched. Thank you for joining me as the churches joined Paul. I want to share these words (Colossians 4:2-6) which Paul wrote to the church in Colossae. It is our mandate as warriors working together.

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison—that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Will you lift up Chrissy’s prayer requests: local churches, special ministry events, pastors, and missionaries in Mexico?

A.C.T.S.

mis130425_01Emily Henry is a missionary serving in children’s and youth ministries on the American Indian Field. In her latest blog, Emily talks about how prayer can sometimes be intimidating for youth and shares what she’s doing to remedy that fear.

“Our teen group this week learned about a practical and easy approach to prayer.  My focus was to make prayer a natural behavior for them.  I believe teens tend to think of prayer as something intimidating and complicated whereas in fact it’s just like talking to a friend.  A friends who’s trustworthy, loyal, loving and unchanging.  So I brought in a worksheet that will hopefully help them in their prayer time.  It focuses on thanking God, asking for prayer for others, things they need to work on, their own requests and answers to their prayers or how God has helped them that day.  I also had them write down the A.C.T.S. format to help them have a better outline for their prayer time:

“Adoration is the act of praising God.

“Confession is the act of telling God the sins that we are struggling with.

“Thanksgiving is giving Him thanks for all of the gifts that we have received.

“Supplication is when we come to Him with our wants and our needs and our requests for others.

“The kids were really open to this; taking notes and asking questions.  I’m so excited to see this group grow!”

Will you join in practicing this A.C.T.S. prayer technique while you pray for these teens? May they experience God’s presence and a new sense of joy and connection through these prayer practices.