This statement was made by me.
“ Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.” – Matthew 9:37-38
God is the One who sends forth men to preach His gospel. The message belongs to God, and so do the ministers. The harvest belongs to God, and so do His hired hands, His ministers.
God sends out men today via His church. The church is God’s house, and no man is going to labor in His harvest without first going through His house. Would a farmer allow a man to labor for him in his fields without first getting to know him by letting him into his home? Some men will not trust men to anything that they cannot trust in their own home. This is the standard of our holy God. God must first trust you in His house before He will trust you in His harvest. Men may do things for God outside of the authority His church, and God may bless as well, but it is not the intended method that God established.
Nevertheless, the emphasis of this statement is about prayer. Without men of God beseeching God to send forth laborers into His harvest, then men will not be sent into His harvest. Christ gave this charge to pray to His disciples, to those who were already in God’s harvest of souls. Just as no one man can do all the work on a great farm, so also can no one man do all of the work in God’s field.
Without laborers, no souls will be harvested for God. Yet, without prayer, no laborers will take part in His harvest!
“Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”