10:2: 'Pray to the Lord of the harvest'

Baptist Press
Posted: Sep 11, 2013 5:22 PM
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- The Luke 10:2 biblical call to pray laborers into the Lord's harvest undergirds the North American Mission Board's TenTwo initiative for churches to pray for laborers on Oct. 2 and beyond.

Daniel Ausbun, pastor of First Baptist Church in Moreland, Ga., is among those who have shared the online TenTwo prayer initiative video with their churches.

"We showed the two-minute video and read Luke 10:2," Ausbun said. " was nodding their heads in agreement that we have an abundant harvest and we need to ask God to send workers into the harvest field. Everyone knows we need to pray, and TenTwo provides an organized opportunity for that."

On Oct. 2, First Baptist in Moreland will join Southern Baptist churches in the U.S. and Canada praying for the Lord to send workers to the harvest. Many are intentionally focusing their regularly scheduled Wednesday evening activities on prayer.

"We are going to replace our Wednesday night Bible study with an hour-long prayer service," Ausbun said. "No sermon, no songs, no testimonies -- only prayer -- a true prayer meeting. Everyone is welcome to come and pray. On Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 10:02 a.m. and 10:02 p.m. we want our entire church to pause and pray, wherever they are."

Gary Frost, NAMB's Midwest Region vice president who also leads the mission board's national prayer strategies, voiced excitement for TenTwo's potential to help bring the Gospel to communities throughout North America and beyond.

"Penetrating lostness in North America is a huge task," Frost said, noting that he often gets a "TenTwo buzz" in his travels, sometimes literally.

Baptists are "setting their phone alarms to 10:02 a.m. or p.m. to remind them to pray for God, by His Holy Spirit, to stir the hearts of harvesters to leave their comfort zones and work the fields," Frost said. "Personally it has become a vital and welcomed 'alert' for me every single day ... of the lostness of our world and the urgency of sharing the love of Christ in every opportunity."

Churches like Rose Bud Baptist Church in Rose Bud, Ark., are not letting their lack of a weekly Wednesday night prayer meeting keep them from participating. The central Arkansas church will use the entire month of October to pray and promote TenTwo.

"We plan to kick off our efforts on the last Sunday in September," Rose Bud ministry assistant Kathy Moss said. "We will have home prayer meetings the first Sunday night in October and have other activities planned for the month using the TenTwo DVD and prayer guides."

At First Baptist in Moreland, Ausbun plans to preach from Luke 10:2 on Sunday, Sept. 29, in advance of TenTwo.

"I'd like to encourage other pastors to remind their people who the Lord of the harvest is. I believe prayer evangelism is something we've gotten away from in the SBC. God sometimes has to remind me that only He can save a soul," Ausbun said. "Without prayer, our evangelism is fruitless. Pray for God to send workers to share Christ with the lost and pray for God to save lost people."

A TenTwo video is available at namb.net/video/tentwo/. Explore additional TenTwo resources at namb.net/TenTwo .

Joe Conway writes for the North American Mission Board. Get Baptist Press headlines and breaking news on Twitter (@BaptistPress), Facebook (Facebook.com/BaptistPress) and in your email (baptistpress.com/SubscribeBP.asp).

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