If we look at the mission fields today, we will find that many are dropping out. Less and less people are surrendering for full time missions. God needs faithful servants that will go and answer the call of God to preach His word. We can shift the blame from faulty families, to a lack of good preaching, to a self-serving society, and onward. But the true problem may lie with us. Are we as Christians fulfilling Christ’s calling in our lives?
Christ did not only send out the twelve disciples. He sent seventy others. We rarely hear about these men that had an important part in His ministry. In Luke 10, we find the account of their commission. "After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come." He sent these men before Him to prepare the way for His coming and to announce that He had come to save the world. Here’s the interesting part. He tells them specifically: "The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth laborers into his harvest." Here we find a specific request of Jesus that His disciples, not apostles, would pray. He asked them to pray that God would send more people into the ministry: that the Heavenly Father would call more to serve.
So I would like to challenge you. Pray that God would send more laborers. This was Jesus’ prayer request. We take requests from our brothers and sisters in Christ, and pray for them. Why is it we seem to forget that Christ has charged us with the task of praying for the condition of the world.
"How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent?" – Romans 10:14-15a