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Send out Workers

Matthew 9:35-38 “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Three things about the harvest in this prayer…

1. The harvest was PERSONAL to Jesus


verse 36 “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”

Luke 19:41 “As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it.”

2. The harvest was PRIORITY to Jesus

John 4:35 NKJV “Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!”

Luke 14:23 “Then the master told his servant, 'Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full.”

3. The harvest will PERISH without workers

Romans 10:13-15 “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

What does that prayer look like? Three things

1. God open our eyes

verse 36
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them.”

2. God break our hearts

verse 36
“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”



Luke 10:33 NLT “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him.”

3. God move our feet

Luke 10:2-3
“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. 3 Go! I am sending you.”

Restore My Heart

Book of Prayers Part 2
Restore My Heart

Psalm 51:10-13 NLT “Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. 11 Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.13 Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you.”

Notice a few of the ways our hearts can drift:

1. Distracted heart

James 1:8 “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

verse 10 “Renew a loyal spirit in me”

2. Discontented heart

Verse 11 “Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. 11 Do not banish me from your presence…”

3. Discouraged heart

verse 12 “Restore to me the JOY of your salvation”

Ecclesiastes 5:19 “To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life--this is indeed a gift from God.”

4. Distant heart

2 Samuel 11:1 “In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king's men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.”

Matthew 26:57-58
“Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. 58 But Peter followed him at a distance”

Verse 12b “and make me willing to obey you. 13 Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you.”




Prayer of Jabez

Book of Prayer
Part 1
Prayer of Jabez

1 Chronicles 4:10 “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.”

Four things that Jabez prayed:

1. Jabez prayed for BLESSING.
1 Chronicles 4:10 “Oh that you would bless me...”

verse 10 “God granted his request”

Genesis 12:2 NLT “I will bless you...and you will be a blessing to others.”

2. Jabez prayed for INFLUENCE.

1 Chronicles 4:10 “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my territory...”

Ephesians 1:18 “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.”

Psalm 2:8Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.”

3. Jabez prayed for PRESENCE.
1 Chronicles 4:10 “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me…”

Exodus 33:15-17 “Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” And the LORD said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked.”

Acts 11:21The Lord’s hand was with them and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.”

4. Jabez prayed for PROTECTION.
1 Chronicles 4:10 ““Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm.”

1 Peter 5:8 “The devil is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.”

John 10:10 “The thief comes to steal and kill and destroy, BUT I have come that you might have life and have it to the fullest!



The war against the WE

Me to We
Part 2
The war against the WE

Genesis 1:26 “LET US create man in OUR image”

Four things that are warring against the we:

1. Pride

Proverbs 13:10 NLT “pride leads to arguments.”

Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves…”

2. Selfishness

James 4:1-2 MSG “Where do you think all these appalling wars and quarrels come from? Do you think they just happen? Think again. They come about because you want your own way, and fight for it deep inside yourselves. You lust for what you don’t have and are willing to kill to get it. You want what isn’t yours and will risk violence to get your hands on it. You wouldn’t think of just asking God for it, would you? And why not? Because you know you’d be asking for what you have no right to. You’re spoiled children, each wanting your own way.”

3. Anger

Proverbs 29:22 NLT “An angry person starts fights; a hot-tempered person commits all kinds of sin.”

4. Wrong focus

Titus 3:9 “But stay away from those who have foolish arguments and talk about useless family histories and argue and quarrel about the law. Those things are worth nothing and will not help anyone.”

1 Timothy 2:23-24 “Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments because you know they produce quarrels and the Lord’s servant must not quarrel. Instead he must be kind to everyone…”

I Corinthians 1:10 NLT “I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.

Three things about unity:

1. Unity is POWERFUL

Genesis 11:6 “The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.”


Psalm 133:1-3 “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! 2 It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. 3 It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.”

2. Unity must be PROTECTED

John 17:23 NLT “I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.

Ephesians 4:2 “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

3. Unity is found in aligning under God’s PURPOSES.

Ephesians 4:15-16 NCV “Speaking the truth with love, we will grow up in every way into Christ, who is the head. 16 The whole body depends on Christ, and all the parts of the body are joined and held together. Each part does its own work to make the whole body grow and be strong with love.”



The why behind the WE

The why behind the WE

Ecclesiastes 4:8-12 “There was a man all alone;
    he had neither son nor brother.
There was no end to his toil,
    yet his eyes were not content with his wealth.
“For whom am I toiling,” he asked,
    “and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?”
This too is meaningless—
    a miserable business!
9 Two are better than one,

    because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
    one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
    and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
    But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
    two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

Four reasons that WE is better than ME:

  1. WE has greater POTENTIAL than ME

verse 9
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor”

Genesis 2:18 “It is not good for man to be alone…”

verse 18b “I will create a helper suitable for him.”

Genesis 1:28 “Then God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it.”

2. WE has greater PURPOSE than ME

verse 8 “There was a man all alone;
    he had neither son nor brother.
There was no end to his toil,
    yet his eyes were not content with his wealth.
“For whom am I toiling,” he asked,
    “and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?”
This too is
meaningless

Ephesians 2:10WE are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works with God prepared in advance for US to do”

Romans 12:5 MSG “Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of Christ’s body. But as a chopped off finger or a cut off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we?”
3. WE brings a greater PLEASURE than ME

verse 8 he says this alone stuff is “a miserable business”

Eccles 3:1-8 “There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and
a time to laugh…”

Zechariah 8:4-5 MSG
“Old men and old women will come back to Jerusalem, sit on benches on the streets and spin tales, move around safely with their canes—a good city to grow old in. And boys and girls will fill the public parks, laughing and playing—a good city to grow up in.”

4. WE has a greater POWER than ME

verse 12
“a chord of three strand”

verse 8 “For whom am I toiling,” he asked,
    “and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?”
This too is meaningless—
    a miserable business!

Move onto a Team


Pack your Bags
Part 4:
Move onto a team

Exodus 6:6-8 “Therefore, say to the Israelites: “I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord.’”

God wants to move us out of our past

God wants to move us into our calling

God wants to move us onto His team

verse 7b “I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God”

Philippians 2:1-2 NLT “Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? 2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one heart and purpose.

Four words that relate to being on a team:

1. Working

verse 2 “Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one heart and purpose.”

Ephesians 2:10 “We are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good WORKS…”

2. Together

verse 2 “…working together with one heart and purpose.”

1 Corinthians 3:9 NLT “We work together as partners who belong to God.”

Romans 12:5 MSG “Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of Christ’s body. But as a chopped-off finger or a cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we?”

Ecclesiastes 4 “two are better than one because they have a good return for their work…”

3. Heart

verse 2 says “working together with one heart.”

Philippians 2:3-4 “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.”

4. Purpose