For the Kingdom

Read: Matthew 9:35-38

35 Jesus continued going around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. 38 Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.”

Transformation Questions: 

  • What does Jesus identify as the first step we should take to deal with the problem of the harvest being plentiful but the laborers being few?
  • Pastor Zach talked about our reticular activating system and how our brain creates cognitive categories to help us avoid becoming overstimulated. What are some cognitive categories we can create to help with our prayer life?
  • Jesus gives us the imperative command to pray for more workers. It’s not a suggestion! How do we make praying for God to send workers into the harvest a regular part of our prayer time?
  • Without a plan in how we pray, what are the things that we usually end up praying about? While that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, how do we make sure that we expand our prayer life?
  • What are some advantages we have when we intentionally pray God’s Word?
  • How can we make sure that eternity is at the forefront of our prayers?
  • Pastor Zach shared about the Haystack Prayer Meeting. How did God use the prayers of those 5 students at Williams College? What action items can we develop based on this story?
  • How does the truth of the gospel impact our prayers?