"Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” - Matthew 9:37-38
A number of years ago we ministered in a community that was devastated by flood waters. People lost their homes and were living in motels for quite some time. Our church had the opportunity to provide food and supplies as needed for a few months. The work was demanding, but it was made easy and even fun by the good number of volunteers who gave their time. Families and friends were in need and it was harvest time.
As Jesus gazed upon the crowds that came to him for healing, he was moved with compassion. He saw the need and knew it would take a great amount of effort to make a difference. People were "harassed and helpless" and they were looking for someone who would care enough to help. The souls were many and the volunteers were few, so he encouraged his disciples to pray for laborers because... it was harvest time.
Look around you my friend. Are there not crowds of people that are "harassed and helpless" toady? People need the Lord more than ever, but the volunteers to show them the way are few. It's no time to procrastinate until another day. You will notice that in the next passage (Matthew 10:1-7), Jesus called and sent the disciples into the field. As you pray for laborers, be ready to go yourself because ... it IS harvest time!