History belongs to the intercessors who believe the future into being. – Walter Wink
I was listening to a missions podcast recently where the host was interviewing a seasoned missionary about his life and work overseas. What struck me about the interview was not the content of the show, but rather the interruption that took place right in the middle of the interview. Suddenly, without warning, the missionaries phone started buzzing. It was 9:38 in the morning. Had he forgotten to mute his phone? Rookie mistake, I thought.
The interruption derailed the conversation. The missionary took this opportunity to explain his intentional faux pas. He explained that in Matthew 9:38 Jesus told his followers to “pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Based on that verse, he had made it a practice each day to stop at 9:38 and pray for more workers to labor in God’s harvest fields. This day was no exception.
In that moment I thought, ‘I should do that too.’ So, I set an alarm on my phone for 9:38.
Now, after a few months of doing this, it’s amazing how this simple, brief moment out of my day has become such a powerful, faith stretching event in my life. What’s crazy is that God is actually doing it. He is sending out more workers into His harvest field. We are witnessing it with our own eyes – daily.
We created a Facebook group called 9:38 where we provide weekly prayer update videos which emphasize a new area where we are praying for more workers. If you haven’t yet joined, feel free to sign up by clicking the 9:38 link below.
Walter Wink said, “History belongs to the intercessors who believe the future into being.”
I believe that one day “a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, will be standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation 7:9-10)
What’s amazing is that we, you and me, get to be a part of making that possible!