Friday, March 3, 2017

10:02 Prayer Strategy

We would like to invite you to join us in the 10:02 prayer strategy. I was introduced to this a few months ago through the Midwest Mennonite Brethren (MB) Mobilization Team and recently learned more about this prayer strategy when I attended the Multiply Conference in Fresno, California. 
The strategy comes from Luke 10.2, “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.’” This is in the context of Jesus sending out a ministry team to proclaim and demonstrate the reality of the Kingdom of God. Jesus knows that people are ready to respond to this message of the Kingdom, therefore He asks that we pray to Him to send out more workers into the ripe fields. 
This is a clear command from Jesus. We are to pray that the Lord would raise up more pastors, missionaries, Christian leaders. This is perhaps one of the greatest needs in missions. There are still millions upon millions that don’t know the gospel. We are called to pray that the Lord would raise up workers and laborers to go to the lost. 
Would you join us in praying for this? Here is the simple strategy. We all carry smart phones now and can set an alarm to buzz every day at 10:02 am. At the sound of the alarm, stop what you are doing and offer a simple minute or two prayer. If you are in a meeting, and it seems appropriate, you can even ask others to join in prayer with you. At the recent Multiply Conference, this strategy was shared and we were all challenged to ask others to join. They shared a story where a million Chinese believers have joined in this strategy. What a simple way to pray and join millions around the world praying for workers! Jesus asked us to pray this, therefore we know He wants to answer.  
As your alarm goes off, you can take the time to offer a quick prayer to raise up Christian workers. You can pray God would raise up leaders in your local church. And you can pray that God would raise up workers in a particular country you have a burden for. It’s as simple as that!

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