Prayer Guide Last Updated 9/29, 2018
This site is devoted to prayer for the fulfillment of Matthew 24:14:
This good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world, as a testimony to every people group, and then the end will come.
Only one command of Jesus is recorded with identical Greek wording in two different gospels. The strong language in Jesus’ original command may have proven particularly memorable:
The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore beg (deomai) the Lord of the harvest to thrust forth (ekballo) laborers into His harvest.
—Matthew 9:38 and Luke 10:2
When Jesus taught us to pray to our Father in heaven, for our enemies, etc., He used proseuchomai
—the common word for prayer.
But in Mt 9:38 and Lk 10:2, Jesus used deomai
, a much stronger word meaning to plead desperately. (In Lk 5:12 the leper deomai
s Jesus—begging Jesus desperately—for healing.)
And Jesus didn’t simply tell His disciples to pray for laborers to be urged to go.
Again Jesus used a much stronger word—ekballo
, meaning to drive out!
(Thus same Greek word is used in Mt 9:34, 10:1 and 10:8 for casting out demons!)
So in both Mt 9:38 and Lk 10:2, Jesus commands us to deomai
(plead desperately) the Lord of the Harvest
laborers (thrust them forcefully) into His harvest!
And this desperate pleading wasn’t
simply for believers to be sent from the Church (which wasn’t yet birthed). No, the model of ministry Jesus instituted with this prayer cooperates with the Holy Spirit to forcibly rip families out of satan’s kingdom and bless them to multiply God’s Kingdom blessing within their relational contexts (Mt 10 & Lk 10).