New Year Prayer Guide

Day 21

The Coming Harvest

Claude V. King

God’s Word for Today

Read John 4:27-38 and Acts 1:8

Thoughts for Today

If you have been fasting from food in order to seek the Lord in prayer for revival and awakening, you can identify with Jesus. The disciples were trying to get Him to eat, but He was preparing to reap a spiritual harvest of a city. His food was to obey the will of His Father. Sometimes a spiritual purpose will be far more important to us than taking time to eat.

Jesus’ disciples were surprised when they found Him speaking to the woman. A Jewish man would not be caught in public talking to a Samaritan woman, especially a divorcee with five ex-husbands. What was He doing? The disciples may have expected a spiritual harvest when Jesus established His kingdom. Jesus essentially said, “Why wait? It’s harvest time now!

Let’s hear His words for us. We could be saying something like this:

  • Maybe awakening will come when all the churches experience revival.
  • We can’t expect a harvest when the lost world is so cold and hardened.
  • He’s delayed 2,000 years to come back. We don’t need to rush now.
  • We have tried before (fished all night). This isn’t a good time.

One day Peter and his partners had been fishing all night. But Jesus told them to go into the deep water and drop their nets. They reluctantly obeyed and caught so many fish they nearly sank two boats! “When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, ‘Go away from me, because I’m a sinful man, Lord!’” (Luke 5:8). That’s the day Jesus called him to fish for men. Did you notice the great harvest of fish came before Peter confessed his sin? Sometimes God’s kindness brings repentance (Rom. 2:4). The harvest is the Lord’s work. He has chosen us to be workers together with Him in this great task. He is bringing in a harvest in many places around the world. He is fully able to do that where we live also. Let’s pay attention to His final statement of His final command to us and be His witnesses to the ends of the earth. Jesus would say to us, “Open your eyes and look at the fields, for they are ready for harvest” (John 4:35).

It’s Time to Pray

  1. Pledge your willingness to obey God, and ask Him to bring in a great harvest for His glory. Continue to pray for workers for the harvest.
  2. Ask God what He wants you to do today to apply what He has revealed.

Prayer Exercise

Pray for a small, out-of-the-way church. Park in the lot of the church, and pray. Call the pastor’s name. Have lunch with a person who practices another denomination. Pray with them for unity among believers and pastors.

Pray for an Unreached People Group: Shuar of Ecuador

The group remains resistant to assimilation. Ninety percent are still immersed in animism – only a small percentage have had any authentic connection with Christianity. Pray for open doors, light for their hearts, a tender heart, a harvest among these people.

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