Dear Friends,

If Jesus tells us to pray earnestly for something – we should probably pray as He told us. Last week I shared Jesus’ words in Matthew 9: 36-38. There He says, “When He saw the crowds, He had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest/” (ESV) Last week I talked about this prayer and our missionaries. But, we live in a rich mission field as well. So, we need to pray Matthew 9: 37-38 over Messiah and Ottawa.

First, we really do live in a rich mission field. I do not mean “rich” in a monetary sense – from a world perspective Ottawa and its citizens are rich – I mean “rich” in the sense that there are hundreds of thousands of people who need to hear the Gospel. So please pray that we be a Matthew 9: 37-38 church. Please consider memorizing the passage and praying it every day.

Second, please pray for some of the ways we try to be a Matthew 9: 37-38 church (how about I say a “938 church”). Please pray for Church on Wednesday. Please pray for our Youth Group. Please pray for the Alpha Marriage Prep course we will start in February.

Third, please pray for “our” ministries and worship. Sunday School, small groups, Sunday morning worship. Please pray we do this with a missionary mind and heart. Pray that God will draw seekers to our times together. Pray that we will invite seekers to our times together. Pray that we show hospitality and welcome. Pray that we prepare and teach mindful of the Lord’s harvest. Pray that our times together always have a humble but clear evangelistic element.

Fourth, please pray for Ryle Seminary – did you know that Messiah is seminary-planting? Ryle is not just to serve our denomination. Our prayer is that Ryle will serve the whole evangelical movement and its churches here in Ottawa and beyond. So please pray for God’s blessing and His provision.

Finally, please pray God will use us to plant churches in Ottawa and region. Please pray God will use us to plant churches in Kanata, Orleans, Leitrim, Manotick, Cornwall, Kemptville, Carleton Place and Arnprior. Please pray God will raise up eight “young” couples who we can train and love and encourage and who then can go out to these areas to plant a church.

More on mission fields next week!