There is the scene in Matthew where Jesus is once again among the crowds: “At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity. They were lying prostrate from exhaustion, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples: ‘The harvest is good but laborers are scarce. Beg the harvest master to send out laborers to gather his harvest’” (Mt 9).
Many of us at one time in our lives lay prostrate from exhaustion because there is no slave driver more ruthless than the self when our selfish appetites are in control. We have been helped by others who have, in turn, been helped by yet others. Thus, there is a chain which has its beginning in God. God chooses to extend his mercy, first through the humanity of Jesus and then through the humanity of Jesus’ disciples. When we pray that the Lord of the harvest will send laborers into his harvest, we are really praying that we ourselves may be laborers in his name.
Thank you, Lord, for the help which you provided through other people. Teach me how to pass on what you have given me so that I may confirm my own healing and continued deliverance.