Jesus told His followers to, “beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (Luke 10:2b). Jesus also told us to be persistent in prayer (Luke 11:8, 18:1). When we pray for the Lord to raise up individuals for missions, we know we are praying according to His will. First John 5:14 says that “if we ask anything according to His will He hears us.”
A small church of only 120 people illustrates that this kind of persistent, scriptural prayer is powerful. The pastor, Rev. L.P. Joyner, announced that, “God wants to call people from our church to be ministers and missionaries. And we’re going to pray every Sunday until He does.”
So, every Sunday morning before he preached, the pastor would call the elders forward and they would pray that God would raise up and send out laborers. A month went by, then three months, then six and finally a year and nothing happened, but they continued to pray, even adding the prayer on Sunday and Wednesday nights.
Then, during a revival, one couple felt God was calling them into full-time ministry, and soon they left for Bible College. The prayers continued. Soon, another couple felt called and became missionaries to Zambia. The prayer continued.
To sum up the results, in the five years after the pastor of this small church began leading his church to pray for laborers, God called and sent out 28 people into full-time ministry, some to foreign fields.
The first key in these results was the heart of the pastor for missions. The second key was focused, persistent prayer.
Taken from the AIMS Harvest Connection, Virginia Beach, VA.