Broken Lives, Broken Heart
“Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives. When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. “What a huge harvest!” he said to his disciples. “How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!” Matthew 9:35–38 MSG
If there was any one place in the world where Jesus may respond in the way we see Him do here it would be India. With our teeming millions, they ideally fit the bill of being ‘sheep without a shepherd’.
What bothers me is that I rarely respond like Jesus. The Message translation says His ‘heart broke’. He was pained by the harassed and helpless people He saw and His response gives us a glimpse into God’s heart for our nation. He is not untouched by their struggle. But beyond His personal response He calls us to do something specific, “What a huge harvest!” he said to his disciples. “How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!””
Yes we want to pray that our hearts will be moved and we feel the pain of the people. But also that we observe through the eyes of Jesus that these people are ready to be swept in God’s kingdom. So we must pray for ourselves to be quick to see how we can be used in this way but also for others to be enabled to draw the multitudes into God’s kingdom.
Let’s pray. Today.