GOSPEL MEDITATIONS FOR
THE CONTEMPLATION OF GOD:
Gospel Meditations are both biblically and theologically intense and complex—they are not for everyone. For those who are beginners in the Faith, these might be difficult to grasp. The discipline of examining Scripture and internalizing it requires some spiritual maturity. So then, if at first the going is rough, keep at it and grow in your understanding of both the Bible and theology, while we ask the Holy Spirit to do a “deep” work in us.
So I invite us all to meditate upon, reflect on, contemplate, and consider afresh the Word and Work of our Triune God. Each Gospel meditation will center on a passage of Scripture, and a method of reflection will be outlined each week. Perhaps early in the morning we may rise up and seek Him, as David did, and rejoice at the wonder and beauty of God our Savior.
GOSPEL MEDITATION 19:
"Pray for More Laborers"
And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (ESV)
1. Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions.
2. Be comfortably alert, still and at peace.
3. Say the Lord's Prayer.
4. Sing or chant the Jesus Prayer
5. Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself.
6. Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.
7. Reread it.
8. From memory, determine the central points.
9. Jesus' work was based on and motivated by his compassion for people.
10. Sheep without a shepherd, Jesus said, and thus we are.
11. Are you harassed and helpless, and/or do you see others in the same way that Jesus did?
12. Jesus turned to his disciples and explained the nature of the work they had been called to do. He has been turning to his disciples in the same way ever since.
13. There is always a harvest, whether small or large.
14. Based on the Parable of the Sower, we do not know nor care what our labor will yield. This is not our concern.
15. We are glad just to be able to go out into the vineyard to work.
16. Now Jesus asks his disciples to pray that others would enter into the work. It is axiomatic that the new workers must be trained, encouraged, and supported in a myriad of ways.
17. In "earnest" prayer now, ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers out into his harvest.
18. Consider whether you might be one of those laborers.