Weekly Devotion: Matthew 9:37-38

“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.”

There is a plentiful harvest of people who need to hear the gospel and be saved. But at the same time the laborers to take the message are few. Jesus asks His disciples to pray to the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into His harvest. We need to pray for more laborers!

Lord, thank You for desiring to see people saved – so much so that You ask us to pray for laborers. Thank You for being Lord of the harvest. Lord, raise up more laborers. Send more men into the harvest fields of this world to preach the gospel and see many souls saved for Your honor and glory. Use me to encourage others to go into the harvest fields. I love You, Lord!

Four Great Inventions: Printing

Back around 200 AD the Chinese invented woodblock printing which was to become widespread throughout Asia by the 800s. Woodblock printing was more than sufficient to print the characters of the Chinese language.

Later on they also invented moveable type printing, though woodblock printing still remained the standard in China until about the 19th century.

All of this led the them having a vast print culture before other civilizations. The invention of printing completely revolutionized communication not just in China, but throughout the world for centuries.

Thanks to Chinese ingenuity we have books, newspapers, periodicals, and the primary means by which ideas spread for well over a millennium.

So the next time you read a book or print a document, please remember to pray for China.

Weekly Devotion: Matthew 7:9-11

“Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give goods things to them that ask him?”

If a son asks his father for bread or a fish, what father would give his son a stone or a serpent instead? If we know how to give good gifts to our children, then God certainly is even better at giving good things to His children when they ask Him.

Lord, thank You for allowing me to call You Father. Thank You for being a good Father that wants to give good gifts to me. Help me to discern what good things I need, so that I can ask You. Thank You for not giving me things that will hurt me, but instead will draw me closer to You. I love You, Lord!