Dave Acree is our Prayer and Spiritual Life Catalyst. This is a welcome to the monthly Prayer Calendar which we publish to promote prayer throughout the EFCC family. If you would like to receive the Prayer Calendar by e-mail, you can sign up for it on this page, or you can see the latest copy here.
It’s harvest time in southern Alberta. Now I’m a city boy who knows little about farms and harvest. I’ve learned a bit from people in churches I have served but not enough to speak with authority. I know it’s hard work and weather dependent and a tense time if little is going the way it needs to go, but I know it can also be rewarding once the crop is in and it’s a good one.
When we think spiritually, prayer and harvest go together; and it’s not just about being thankful to God for the harvest. We should be thankful, but there’s more to it than that.
A couple of biblical pictures come to mind.
The first is from John 4:35 and Luke 10:2. They refer in actual terms to grain harvest but in spiritual terms to soul harvest.
“I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest . . . . The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
So the first harvest prayer is for a large crop of workers to harvest souls!
The second is from John 15:1-2, 5 and Galatians 5:22-23. They refer in actual terms to fruit harvest but in spiritual terms to character harvest. The Trinity is involved in this harvest and together cause us to live like we really are followers of Jesus Christ.
“I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful . . . . I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing . . . . But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
So the second harvest prayer is for the Father to cultivate us, the Son to give us life and the Spirit to fill us and cause his fruit to ripen in our lives!
So this harvest season, be more than just thankful.
Ask the Lord for harvesters and be willing to be one of them; ask the Trinity for fruit so that others will see Jesus in us.