Matthew 9:37-38 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest."

Pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers

What is the church? Pastors and people.

When we pray for the church, we are praying for the pastors and people.

What is the Urgency? The harvest needs to be gathered.

What is the problem? We are afraid to pray to the Lord of the harvest.

Why are we afraid? We are afraid that God might send me.

Why are we afraid? Because we know the great commission

Great commission is not to make believers, but to make disciples

A disciple is someone who is ready to be a laborer in the harvest

I can't go out into the harvest because:

I am not worthy, I see my sins, I can't do it. Our worthiness is in God's mercy and grace.

I don't know what to do or what to say. The church teaches God's Word, the Spirit guides.

I've got too many things to do. Seek first the kingdom of God

Stewardship is about time, talents and treasure.

God gives us all these things, God always gives enough.

In many ways the harvest begins in our family, begins with our children.

Fathers, raise up your children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Talk with them about faith and salvation.

Talk with them at meals, in travels, in the morning and evening.

Talk with them about faith and salvation.

Its not hard to talk about important things with people who care for us.

We learn how to be disciples in our family and church.

We learn the faith, so we can know, and also explain to others.

The more we live our faith, the more it drives us to learn more.

And yet, knowing all these things we can still be afraid.

Which brings us to the final thing - the power that can make all this happen.

The power is not us, not our wisdom, not our knowledge, not our strength.

The power is in God who sends.

God does not send, without equipping those sent with everything they need.

God does not send those who are not ready, or able.

And this is where faith comes in, because we may not think we are ready,

And yet our readiness is not in what we think,

For the power is in God who sends

And if God sends us, we will be ready

And it all begins with the very simple thing

Of praying to the Lord of the Harvest, to send out laborers

Of asking God each day, what He would have us do

With the day he has given us.