Matthew 9:36-38 KJV
But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
Jesus was moved with compassion. But instead of assigning a shepherd to these poor people right then, instead of meeting the need immediately, He called on His disciples to pray.
The best and most important thing we can do is pray. We need to do so much more than talk about praying; we need to pray.
I recall a message preached by Jack Hyles on prayer. It is to this day one of the most significant sermons I believe I have heard, not because it was that dynamic but because he described a prayer life. He didn't just tell people to pray, he spent a massive amount of time just telling how he prayed.
- It was personal
- It was passionate and
- It was impressive
not because I was impressed with his prayer life but because it impressed me concerning the practical down, to earth, actually spend time praying, aspect of it.
Most would consider that type an
- Time consuming
prayer life impractical. I believe it is the most fundamental thing Christianity is missing today.