Blog 37 / Our High Calling

Praying for Workers

“The harvest truly 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 (and Matt 9:37,38)

The key to successful missionary recruitment is prayer. Our Lord’s command to pray for workers (Luke 10:2) is the only instruction in Scripture on how to secure more workers for the Great Commission. Simple obedience to pray this prayer from our pulpits and in our prayer times will surely speed up world evangelization.

Can a shortage of workers in many fields be traced perhaps to a lack of prayer for them?

If it is a lack of prayer, then what will move us to pray? Surely no incentive to pray is greater than knowing that multitudes are worshiping false gods instead of honoring Christ alone. That should stir us up to call on the Lord, and give Him no rest, until He floods the harvest fields of the world with workers for whom Christ’s honor matters.

And so, as we pray, God will call forth the workers. People do not choose to be missionaries. They are divinely called in answer to prayer. “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last.” John 15:16 (NIV)

While God calls some to go, He calls others to stay home. They are to be witnesses where they are and be proactive in supporting those who do go with their prayers and resources. As noted Bible teacher John Piper writes, “We either need to be radical goers or radical senders!” The Great Commission is every believer’s responsibility.

This blog is simply a plea that Luke 10:2 would be a priority prayer for the church. In many parts of the world our Lord is calling workers into the harvest in great waves. This is especially so in nations that were not long ago themselves considered mission fields. But the harvest is still huge and in too many places the workers are too few.

So let us ramp up our prayers for more workers. At stake are Christ’s honor and the Father’s glory among the nations.


Colin Stott
GRN Global Prayer Coordinator

read colin’s previous blogs:
finding time to pray – blog 36
when the church is under attack – blog 35
FEASTING and FASTING – blog 34
why ask for what we already have? – blog 32
is anyone praying for them? – blog 31
delays are part of answered prayer – blog 30
weapons of our warfare – blog 29
Keeping our spiritual fervor – blog 28
days of great harvest – blog 27
not i but christ – blog 26
what if – Blog 25
praying scripture – Blog 24
Prayer and obedience -Blog 23
the Prayer warrior – Blog 22
time alone with god – Blog 21
last resort – Blog 20
Prayer with rejoicing faith – Blog 19
travel the world through Prayer – Blog 18
lord, break me – Blog 17
ye have not because ye ask not – Blog 16
our Prayers reveal our heart – Blog 15
church of the living god – Blog 14
when we Pray for the lost – Blog 13
more than meets the eye – Blog 12
sugar cubes and  Prayer – Blog 11
it’s a wonderful life – Blog 10
the longings of god – Blog 9
praising god before he answers – Blog 8
no place like home – Blog 7
praying for god’s glory – Blog 6
are we known as formidable opponents – Blog 5
sugar cubes and Prayer – Blog 4
rejocing over god with singing – Blog 3
the indispensable Prayers of the church – Blog 2
the glorious end – Blog 1