FISHERS OF MEN (Pt. 4)

“Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught” (‭John‬ ‭21‬:‭10‬ NIV).

If you have ever read this account (John Chapter 21), You probably have asked this question: “Couldn’t Jesus have performed a miracle like he did when he fed the five thousand with a few loaves and a couple of fish?”  Why didn’t he here? After all, He is the risen Lord; Death did not have the last word over him. But I believe there is a reasonable answer implied in John’s telling of the story.
He discerned that Jesus wanted to announce something new to his disciples.  There was something new in the earth which had begun as a result of His resurrection.
NO DISTINCTION
There was to be no longer a distinction between Jesus and His disciple’s ministry (See John 12:23-24;14:12). It would ,from henceforth, be recognized as”One catch”… “One Ministry”.  His resurrection announced the new creation in the earth; “One head and One body” coordinated and functioning together. “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it”(‭Ephesians‬ ‭4‬:‭4-7‬ NIV).
RESTORATION
The reconstruction of the setting of the coals,fire and fish was for Simon Peter’s benefit.  Jesus was present to restore a fallen apostle. This fireside chat would mend and heal their broken fellowship. Recall that Peter had denied his Lord three times when Jesus was put on trial by the religious leaders of his day. Peter, who was called to be “a rock”, proved that his courage had been quite brittle in the face of personal identification (& potential death) with Jesus.
Our Lord’s love for Peter was manifest in the question He asked (3 times), “Simon, son of John, Do you love me?”(See John 21:15-17). To which Simon Peter answered, “Yes” to His Lord (3 times).  (John is gracious not to record it, but I cannot help but believe that Peter wept while affirming his love again for Jesus).
Restoration for Peter was not merely to receive forgiveness but to be made fully whole in the presence of the Master. It is God’s way of extending grace and mercy. Our healing from our failures means that we are put back together as whole people. In other words, forgiveness is an entry point for our full recovery.
A GREAT HAUL
Jesus recommissioned the apostle Peter saying, “Feed My sheep…Feed My lambs”(John 21:15,17). From that moment on Peter proved to be more effective than before his fall. We read of the effect of his message on the Day of Pentecost in Acts Chapter 2.  “Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!” So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls”(‭Acts‬ ‭2‬:‭37-41‬ NASB).
Not bad, for one who formerly could not admit to a little maid servant that he knew Jesus. His message brought over three thousand souls into the kingdom of God with the “first throw” of his gospel net!
When Jesus says, “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men”, He means it.  Only HE can draw men to God. Only Jesus saves.
But when called by God,like Peter, our failures are no excuse.  With faith and gratitude for His mercy, we must take the same attitude as the apostle Paul (Once a persecuting murderer…Now a converted preacher!) “For I have an obligation to all peoples, to the civilized and to the savage, to the educated and to the ignorant….I have complete confidence in the gospel; it is God’s power to save all who believe, first the Jews and also the Gentiles. For the gospel reveals how God puts people right with himself: it is through faith from beginning to end. As the scripture says, “The person who is put right with God through faith shall live”(‭Romans‬ ‭1‬:‭14, 16-17‬ GNB).

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FISHERS OF MEN (Pt. 3)

“Jesus called to them, “Children, have you caught anything to eat?” They answered him, “No.” He said, “Cast your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” So they did, and there were so many fish that they couldn’t haul in the net” (John 21:5-6 CEB).

 

EBOLA

Recently I, along with my wife, had the occasion to join with believers within our citywide region of Dallas for a simple prayer meeting. There were people from various Christian Faith backgrounds, the faces of which represented a variety of ethnic backgrounds coming together as participants (Including the Mayor of the City of Dallas) for a united prayer meeting. We came together to humble ourselves before God as the Church “visible” in light of the attention, the fear, the anguish and grief that Ebola has caused.

Although Ebola has left many within our City with questions and assessments of blame, the Church visible has taken the lead (As She should) to address the issue, first before God. God’s word is clear in this regard, “When I close the sky so that there is no rain or I order the locusts to consume the land or I send a plague against my people, if my people who belong to me will humbly pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:13-14 CEB).

God takes no pleasure in the death or suffering of people. But He will use suffering and pain to arrest our attention from our routine (& sometimes indifference) for a more eternal purpose. Recall the story that Luke highlights in the Gospel of Luke 13: “Some who were present on that occasion told Jesus about the Galileans whom Pilate had killed while they were offering sacrifices. He replied, “Do you think the suffering of these Galileans proves that they were more sinful than all the other Galileans? No, I tell you, but unless you change your hearts and lives, you will die just as they did. What about those eighteen people who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them? Do you think that they were more guilty of wrongdoing than everyone else who lives in Jerusalem? No, I tell you, but unless you change your hearts and lives, you will die just as they did” (Luke 13:1-5 CEB).

Perhaps, some, among the company of Jesus thought in telling him (As if he was unaware) of the cruelty and injustice of their Jewish brethren that it would provoke him to act. Surely they thought, this would get him to move with a decisive “Messianic” reaction against Rome’s oppression and abuse of power (The powerful government over the poor & weak citizen). They had long endured religious persecution for their faith at the hands of Rome’s mighty empire. And yet, what they got from Jesus, in that moment, was not a REACTION but a RESPONSE to the plight of their human suffering and misery. “Unless your hearts and actions change, you will likewise perish”.

THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BOAT

Jesus chose, in that moment, to deflect and redirect their focus from the things of time to the things of eternity (He was always attune to heaven’s frequency rather than the events of time; knowing that heaven longs to invade our moments of history). Perhaps, there is an application, found in John’s Gospel, Chapter 21, which will help. We read the account by John of Jesus, now resurrected, standing on the shoreline of Galilee. Simon Peter and his fishing partners were frustrated because they had toiled all night with no catch (Once again). Notice that Jesus did not upbraid them for their carnal response and lack of faith or understanding of the significance of his suffering, death, burial and resurrection.

Rather, Jesus with the tenderness of a parent caring for their child, redirects their focus and energy. “Cast your net on the right side of the boat”. And guess what? The catch that had formerly eluded them in the darkness of night was caught in their net! It was such a load of fish; they had difficulty bringing the catch to shore. The redirecting of their efforts and energy by the creative word of Jesus made the night of difficulty worth the toil.

Beloved, May we not allow our focus to be diverted in this hour. At the same time, may we all join with continual prayer, compassion and sensitivity for those affected by loss, grief, fear and anguish of heart. Let’s ask the Lord God for His mercy and strategy to stop the spread of Ebola. May we arise in faith to believe that God will use that that was meant for evil for ultimate good.   At His command, let us “Cast our net on the right side of our religious vessels” for the greater harvest for which we have so often “labored and caught nothing”.

Jesus wants to make His Church to become once again “Fishers of Men”. In the light of eternity…Let’s go fishing!

 

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FISHERS OF MEN (Pt. 2)

“When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch” (Luke 5:4 NASB).

Has Jesus ever commandeered your vessel? If you say “No” or “I don’t know”…you have never gone fishing with Jesus.

THE PRESS OF THE CROWD

Jesus’ popularity as a Jewish Rabbi attracted many people who were not accustom to such a ministry. His words were both pungent and interesting. The crowds gathered and increased because when he spoke…He had “something to say”; “He spoke with authority”. He did not need to quote from traditional rabbinic sources nor did he need to claim Moses as his authority. He in fact, was Moses’ authority–The Word made flesh, the pre-incarnate Word before Time (Read Hebrews 1:1-2).  So, when Jesus spoke, people stopped to listen as he “taught them” using stories about the reality of the Kingdom of heaven in their midst.

We each need a fresh contact with the reality of heaven in our midst. Let us understand that Jesus taught, “The kingdom does not come by observation”(See Luke 17:20-21). How does it come you may ask? The kingdom of God comes through the eyes of faith by observing HIS coming.  John received this revelation while on the Isle of Patmos. “”I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who IS and who WAS and who IS TO COME the Almighty [Caps. Mine]“(Revelation 1:8 NASB).

Some only look for His kingdom to appear one day in the future. And yet…John was caught up into a present reality (With more to come!) from heaven’s vantage point.   Jesus attracted the crowds because he had come to bring heaven near.

PUT OUT INTO THE DEEP

Seeing the crowds pressing around him, he got into Simon Peter’s boat and taught from there. When he finished, he asked Peter to push away from the shoreline and “Launch out into the deep”(Luke 5:4). No doubt, Peter was a little startled by this command. He had not planned on a little “further out”!

But we must understand that it takes a further “launching out” if we are to grow and attain our full stature in Christ. It will require leaving the “shoreline” of the familiar to explore new horizons of faith.

NEVERTHELESS

Nevertheless, we must heed a warning.  If you are going to launch out, it must not be from a human effort. It must come as a command of faith that is authorized by Jesus.  Too many well-meaning individuals have “shipwrecked” their faith by moving out of presumption or untempered religious zeal. Let those “leaps of faith” be conditioned by obedience to the Word. “Faith COMES by hearing a word FROM God[Caps. mine]“(Romans 10:17). This no doubt was Peter’s reasoning (In spite of fatigue, in spite of “thirsty nets”(Having caught nothing!)…Something about Jesus’ command caused him to pushed past the obvious to go into the uncharted waters of faith to “Let down your nets”.

NEED A LITTLE HELP!

 As the miracle of a net breaking, boat sinking, catch ensued, what started as consternation turned into a celebration!  Peter called out to friends in other boats who were witnesses to the great haul.  Suddenly! They were no longer bystanders but fully engaged in the great miracle of the catch. 

This miracle was primarily for Peter’s benefit.  He was about to be delivered,like a fish caught in a net, and be transferred into Jesus’ boat; for a greater task with more eternal consequences.  He recognized in this miracle Jesus’ otherness and his own sinfulness. “But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying, “Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man!” (Luke 5:8 NASB)

Jesus’ intent was not only to deliver the sinner but to bring Peter (and friends)  “Out of the old life and into the new life”.  And they must realize as someone said, “Once caught No escape”!  “Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him (Mark 1:17-18 NASB).  They understood in that moment…Life would never be the same.

 

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FISHERS OF MEN (Pt.1)

“And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men”(Matthew 4:19 NASB).

Although our Lord was raised primarily in Nazareth, He chose to begin his ministry in the region of Galilee. Perhaps this was because he understood that it would be easier to get his public ministry going in a less “religiously charged atmosphere” like Jerusalem of his day. After all, there were so many diverse religious sects and leaders during that time. He recognized the need to maximize his time (And his efforts) without entangling himself in Age-old religious controversies.

Again, He would soon prove the saying (Although “MORE Than”) that “A prophet is not without honor saving in his own town”. Its pretty easy to be marginalized when who people “thought you were” is not “Who (And Whose) you are. His true God-identity, as the “beloved Son of God” would not merely cause offense but cause many to want to retaliate at the very thought of God sending His Son in such a humble condition. All of this aside…The Scriptures must be fulfilled. “Now when Jesus heard that John had been taken into custody, He withdrew into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth, He came and settled in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the region of Zebulon and Naphtali. This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: “THE LAND OF ZEBULON AND THE LAND OF NAPHTALI, BY THE WAY OF THE SEA, BEYOND THE J ORDAN, GALILEE OF THE GENTILES – “THE PEOPLE WHO WERE SITTING IN DARKNESS SAW A GREAT L IGHT, A ND THOSE WHO WERE SITTING IN THE LAND AND SHADOW OF DEATH, UPON THEM A LIGHT DAWNED.” From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:12-17 NASB).

HIS FIRST CATCH

Like a good Stage drama, Matthew captures the First Scene of Jesus’ public ministry. He immediately, following his message to turn (or Return) to God, calls for his first two sets disciples. Both sets were brothers, James and John, Andrew and Peter (See Matthew 4). Is it a coincidence that both sets of brothers were Fishermen by trade? Not likely.

HANDLING THE NETS

Jesus no doubt wanted to help we who watch his example in gathering potential leaders to observe at least three things that qualified them. (1) They had a trade. In other words, they were “employed” or busy. God always chooses those who are engaged in life. Busy people are motivated when opportunity arises. Jesus also knew that “He who is faithful in natural things can be taught How to be faithful in spiritual things”. (2) James and John were found “Washing their nets”(Matthew 5:2). This speaks to me of endeavoring to “keep short accounts” in relationships. Perhaps this is the meaning of “Don’t let the sun go down on your anger”(Ephesians 4:26). Be quick to keep relationships clear and clean. (3) Andrew and Peter were found by Jesus “Mending their nets”(Matthew 4:21). The nets would often need repair from the water and load of fishes pulled into the boat and brought ashore with help of partner ships. So it is true that good partnerships in ministry, a network of Kingdom minded friends, help bring in the Harvest. It is interesting that this was true of the apostle Paul. Although he is often held up as the great apostolic, missionary model…he always acknowledged the “Team” of workers who labored with him.

Our Lord Jesus taught, by way of example, that nothing is ever accomplished alone. Today, like never before, effective ministry leaders understand that “THE NETWORK WORKS”.

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HE PRAYED (Pt. 4)

“Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life” (John 17: 1-2 NASB).

LAST THINGS

Last things said are often the most important to remember. When Jesus prayed what has been called, “His High Priestly Prayer”, He was in an intimate setting with His apostles in the Upper Room (See John 13-17). He ministered and spoke in their presence, knowing that the he was heading to cross. Beyond what He did or said to them, the prayer He prayed (in their midst) was unforgettable. What are some of the things remembered that he prayed in an atmosphere filled with eternal importance?

THE GLORY OF GOD

The Father’s glory. “Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You” (John 17:1 NASB).

The glory of God was ever His earthly focus. He came; He lived and would die with the glory as his all consuming passion. He challenged the pretentiously religious crowd saying, “Why do you seek the glory that comes from men rather than the honor that comes from God?” This question must grab us afresh in these last moments of this age before Christ soon return. We remember that one of the signs of “the anti-Christ” figure is he will have no regard for anyone’s glory or honor but his own! Daniel foretells of his coming, “He will show no regard for the gods of his fathers or for the desire of women, nor will he show regard for any other god; for he will magnify himself above them all. But instead he will honor a god of fortresses, a god whom his fathers did not know; he will honor him with gold, silver, costly stones and treasures” (Daniel 11:37-38 NASB).

Like Jesus, we have to guard our hearts against seeking the honor of men. Let us ask ourselves, “Am I one who desires immediate, temporal satisfaction from those around me? ” or “Do I seek a reward that is eternal?” given on that Day by the King of glory Himself.

HIS KEEPING POWER

He prayed for protection of those who belong to God the Father and His Son. “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world; they were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word…While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished but the son of perdition, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled…I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world” (John 17:6, 12, 15-16 NASB).

Although it was Jesus’ time to leave this world…It was not yet their time. He had assured them that it was necessary that He depart in order to send “The Comforter” to abide with them and enable them to finish the work (And teaching) He began (See Acts 1:1-8).

How important that His prayers for them would help keep them focused on the purpose to which they were being equipped and sent. “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you” (John 15:16 NASB).

REMAIN IN MY LOVE

 He prayed that they would remain united in love. “The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me”(John 17:22-23 NASB).

There is no greater challenge in this hour for God’s people than the “Love” challenge. Nothing keeps the lost LOST like the display of disunity among the Body of Christ (Messiah). Let us move past our “pet”(And at times “peculiar”) doctrines and lift up our witness with love and conviction that “Jesus Christ is LORD of All”! He gave us the key when He said, “If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto ME”(John 12:32).

The Cross of Jesus Christ alone has the power and magnetic attraction to deliver those from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of His light and love.

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“HE PRAYED” (Part 3)

“Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, (‭John‬ ‭17‬:‭1‬ NASB)

AUTHORITY OF BELIEVER

What “things” did Jesus speak about prior to this moment to which John refers? The authority of His disciples in prayer.  “In that day you will not question Me about anything. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you. Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full…In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I will request of the Father on your behalf; for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came forth from the Father” (John‬ ‭16‬:‭23-24, 26-27‬ NASB).
CONFIDENCE IN PRAYER

Having served the Lord for over 37 years, I have observed an unusual phenomena among God’s people. The lack of consistent prayer. Why is this so? I am convinced that one of the main reasons is the lack of confidence in receiving answers to prayer. Meaning that many do not believe that their voice heard by God makes a difference. And yet, Jesus assures us that not only do our prayers make a difference on earth. He tells His disciples several things in this regard.
(1) We have a personal relationship with God. He is our Father. Therefore He longs to hear from us(See John 16:23). Again, later John writes,”This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him” (1 John‬ ‭5‬:‭14-15‬ NASB)

This passage tells us how eager our heavenly Father is to give what we ask in prayer BEFORE a manifestation of the answer. He told the prophet Jeremiah, “‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ “(‭Jeremiah‬ ‭33‬:‭3‬ NASB)

(2) We have a loving Father. Everything God does for His children is motivated by His love. God does not merely HAVE love. God IS love and therefore can do no less than manifest that love toward us when pray to Him.  Yeshua said,”If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” (‭Matthew‬ ‭7‬:‭11‬ NASB)

(3) As part of God’s forever family in Yeshua/Jesus we have equality as sons and daughters of God with the Son(Galatians 4:7; Romans 8:17).
In regards to confidence in prayer, Yeshua/Jesus assures His disciples that their voice in prayer carries the same authority as His if we are “in Christ”.  “Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full…In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I will request of the Father on your behalf; for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came forth from the Father” (‭John‬ ‭16‬:‭24, 26-27‬ NASB).

George Mueller believed God’s Word was equal to God’s character and for over 67 years proved the faithful care of God. He started with care for a handful of orphans; growing to 300 and eventually trusting God’s providence and care only through the agency of prayer. When someone who had read the testimonies of the miracles of God’s provision in answer to prayer, they said to Mr. Mueller, “What great faith you have!” To which George Mueller replied, “I don’t consider that I have any great faith. But the difference is…When others quit, I keep going!”  What was for him an “Open Secret” can be ours as well. Yeshua/Jesus said, “”Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (‭Matthew‬ ‭7‬:‭7-8‬ NASB).

Keep praying. Ask…Seek…Knock!
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“HE PRAYED” (PT. 2)

“It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God” (Luke 6:12 NASB).

 The Gospel according to Luke catalogues more carefully the history of Jesus the Messiah than any recorded by the other Gospel writers. One of the most peculiar records of events in the life of our Lord was his earthly habit of prayer. Why does Luke make more of this feature than the others? Perhaps, he wanted to affirm, in addition to the divine nature of Yeshua, he wanted to affirm his real humanity.

 HIS HABIT 

Our Lord (Yeshua) Jesus, grew up in a religious culture. It was normal that three times a day (9 am, 12 Noon & 3 pm) was the Jewish hours for prayer. So, in one sense, we could say it was a religious habit for Yeshua (being a good Jew) to pray. A habit of prayer is to be commended. But with our Lord, it was more than the routine of prayer. He, as our example for all things, shows the HUMILITY of the DISCIPLINE of Prayer.

 DEPENDENCY

 Yeshua (Jesus) shows us the way into the Father’s presence is the prayer of dependency. He took on all the limitations of our humanity (Saving Sin). He did not attempt to do the work of his Father without prayer and heaven’s assistance. Likewise, the apostle Paul was driven to his knees as a necessity not as a religious luxury. With all of his zeal and religious learning (Even revelations!), he must face his human, carnal limitations in doing God’s work.

 “Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me-to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9 NASB).

Paul had to learn that some prayers don’t get answered in the way we would wish! But to form a disciplined life of prayer is never wasted. Prayer affirms my dependency on the grace and power of God IN me in order that HIS life can be manifest THROUGH me (And inspite of me!).  Forming a daily habit of prayer declares, “Not I but Christ”(see Galatians 2:20-21).

A BAND OF BROTHERS

Luke further records that Yeshua prayed all night because he would choose the men who would labor with him, advancing the kingdom of God on earth. He shows a valuable lesson for those who a building a business, organization or ministry. The most important time spent is not the time spent in the field of Work. Rather it is the time spent for the Workers for the field. Jesus through prayer to the Father chose His Team. Later on, “He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest” (Matthew 9:37-38 NASB).

This is no doubt, in part, the reason for a lack of abiding fruit in the Lord’s work.  It is not merely the lack of prayer. But it is also due to lack of FOCUSED prayer. We need to renew our commitment and focus in prayer not merely because the harvest is ripe but because the workers are few.  Through the efficiency of prayer we will see both the INCREASE of the workers and the QUALITY of the workers HE desires.  We must pray them in.

 

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