A Prayer for Rich Harvests
By Alistair Begg
“Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.’” – Matthew 9:37
All the year round, every hour of every day, God is richly blessing us; when we are asleep and when we awaken, His mercy waits upon us. The sun may leave us a legacy of darkness, but God never ceases to shine upon His children with beams of love. Like a river, His loving-kindness is always flowing, with a fullness as inexhaustible as His own nature. Like the atmosphere that constantly surrounds the earth and is always ready to support the life of man, the kindness of God surrounds all His creatures; in it, as in their element, they live and move and have their being.
Just as the sun on summer days gladdens us with warmer and brighter rays than at other times, and as rivers in certain seasons are swollen by the rain, and as the air itself is sometimes filled with fresher breezes than at other times, so is it with the mercy of God; it has its golden hours, its overflowing days, when the Lord magnifies His grace before the children of men. The joyful days of harvest are a special season of abundant favor. It is the glory of autumn that the ripe gifts of providence are then generously bestowed; it is the mellow season when we enjoy all that we had hoped for. The joy of harvest is great. The reapers are happy to fill their arms with the abundance of heaven.
The psalmist tells us that the harvest is the crowning of the year. Surely these crowning mercies merit a crowning thanksgiving! Let us render it by the inward emotions of gratitude. Let our hearts be warmed; let our spirits remember, meditate, and think upon this goodness of the Lord. Then let us praise Him with our lips and honor and magnify His name who is the source of all this goodness. Let us glorify God by offering our gifts to His cause. A practical proof of our gratitude is a special thank-offering to the Lord of the harvest.
Lord, thank you so much for the rich harvests in my life. Thank you for the blessings of safety, peace, joy, beauty, work, and play that surround my life. Your loving-kindness toward me is always flowing, and I am so grateful. Lord, help me use these blessings to bless others. Help me have eyes to see the needy and a heart that longs to give gracious gifts toward others, as you have given graciously toward me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
*Editor’s Note: the following is an abridged version of Lord of the Harvest from Truth For Life with Alistair Begg. To read the full devotion, follow this link.
Praying For Riches
Text: Ephesians 1:15 – 23
By: Ken McKinley
Have you ever met someone who seems to always be trying to get something better or achieve more, and never realizing that what they already have is more than enough? There is a poem that sort of sums this kind of person up. It’s titled, “Smart” and I want to read it to you quickly.
My dad gave me one dollar –‘cause I’m his smartest son,
And I swapped it for two shiny quarters – ‘cause two is more than one!
And then I took the quarters – and traded them to Lou
For three dimes – I guess he didn’t know – That three is more than two!
Just then, along came old blind Bates – And just ‘cause he can’t see
He gave me four nickels for my three dimes – And four is more than three!
And I took the nickels to Hiram Coombs – Down at the seed-feed store,
And the fool gave me five pennies for them – And five is more than four!
Then I went and showed my dad – And he got red in the cheeks
And closed his eyes and shook his head – Too proud of me to speak!
That boy in the poem can be like a lot of people, never realizing that what he had at first was more valuable. It seems like today a lot of people only want more and more, and don’t stop to take a look at the riches that they already have.
In the passages just before our text Paul had just explained the wonderful riches we have in Christ, and then he says that he prays for us. He prays that we would know just how rich we really are; so that we won’t waste the wealth that we have as believers on the insignificant toys we think will make us happy.
Notice how Paul begins this paragraph of his letter to the Ephesians. In the NKJV it says, “Therefore…” The NIV translates it as “For this reason…” In other words Paul is saying, all of those things I’ve just told you in verses 3 – 14 are the reason I do not cease to give thanks for you and pray for you. Now remember what Paul has said in those verses? He said God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ, He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world so that we should be holy, He’s predestined us to the adoption, according to His will. He’s made us accepted in the beloved, He’s redeemed us and forgiven us according to the riches of His grace. He’s made known to us the mystery of His will, and sealed us with the Holy Spirit until the redemption of our bodies. It’s for these things that Paul gives thanks and prays. And we can take from that great comfort, knowing that because God is at work, we can pray with confidence.
So that’s what Paul does; he prays that we who are in Christ would be made aware of our riches in Him.
Now you might say, “Wait a minute Kenny. I am not rich. I can barely pay attention, let alone my bills.” But physical riches are not exactly what Paul is referring to here (despite what you might hear on TBN). That’s why he prays for revelation and wisdom for believers for knowledge of the Lord. So what Paul is doing is praying that believers would have a firm understanding of what he’s already said in the previous verses.
We need this, especially today. We need wisdom to know how to live out our victory in Christ Jesus.
So Paul is praying that Christians would have insight in regards to their relationship with Christ. The great Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu said, “Know yourself and know your enemy and you will have victory in every battle.” But the Bible teaches that if we know Christ we will have victory. I think that one of our great problems in the church today is that we spend so much time getting knowledge of self, rather than knowing Christ and we end up stunted in our spiritual growth. Paul is praying that we would know the Lord better, and by doing so we would know the hope, the riches, the power and the privileges that God has for us. Jesus tells us in the Gospels that we are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. The mind is part of it. Christians should be thinkers. If you look at the church in ages past, Christians were some of the most brilliant people around. Men like Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Charles Spurgeon, Jonathan Edwards, the list goes on and on. But today many are more concerned with being entertained. Pastors are more concerned with creating an emotional feeling than they are with providing understanding of God and His will. That’s why for so long many Christians were unable to defend the faith against attacks like the lie of evolution, or why there is evil in the world. And the blame for this rests on all of us; on pastors for not equipping the saints for the work of ministry, and for laypeople for not demanding more from their pastors.
I praise You, Oh Mighty King, I bless Your Holy Name. Thank You for providing all my needs, according to Your riches in Glory. You never fail me, even in these difficult times, when finances are low and worry invades my mind. Help me to be at PEACE, Father, confident in Your blessed assurance that You will supply all my needs, out of your rich abundance.
Psalm 35:27 27 Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause. And let them say continually,“Let the Lord be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
Ecclesiastes 5:19 As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor – this is the gift of God.
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Praying for relief from debts and financial burdens
Lord, I’ve made financial mistakes. My debts are out of control. But Lord, I know you can open a way where there seems to be no way.
I pray for a financial breakthrough in my life right now! Grow my finances and bestow on me wisdom to manage Your blessings righteously. Open my eyes today to job opportunities and profitable business ventures.
May I be good stewards of all that You provide. Help me to not depend on money but only on You, Jehovah Jireh, my Provider. Don’t allow money to destroy my relationships through tension and disagreements.
Proverbs 3:9-10 Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty,And your vats will overflow with new wine.
Psalm 118:25 Save now, I pray, O Lord; O Lord, I pray, send now prosperity.
Praying for financial wisdom
I pray that the greed of money would not entrap my heart but I will only hunger and thirst after You and Your righteousness. May I shrewdly use what You have provided for me.
Help me to remember that as I am blessed, I should bless others as well. Remind me to lend a helping hand to those who are less fortunate. In Jesus’ mighty name, I declare my financial breakthrough is here!! Amen.
Psalm 1:3 He will be like a tree planted by the streams of water, that produces its fruit in its season. Whose leaf also does not wither. Whatever he does shall prosper.
1 John 5:14-15 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
1 Chronicles 29:11-12 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty. For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; in Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.
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