Mission Ready

Gospel of Luke 9:57-10:2

Paul J. Bucknell

Gospel of Luke

Mission Ready | Heart Preparation & Questions (Luke 9:57-62)

Mission Involvement (Luke 10:1) | Biblical Worldview (Luke 10:2a) | Prayer (Luke 10:2b)

Four ways to make us mission ready just like our Master Jesus!

Luke 10:2b is the last of the four ways to prepare ourselves for missions. We need to pray. How should we pray? How important is it that we pray? Does it really make a difference? It sure does!

Mission Ready

Prayer for Kingdom Advancement

Luke 10:2b - The Bible Teacher's Commentary

Mission Ready Luke 9:57-10:2

The Bible Text (Luke 9:57-10:2)

“And He was saying to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (Luke 10:2).
(from NASB).

Prayer for Kingdom Advancement (Lu 10:2a)

Seventy apostles seem like a lot, but is it really for the thousands of people? The solution for this is that we would pray that God would raise up those to go into His harvest. Jesus says it this way, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

If you do not pray for missions on a regular basis, you are not being at all sensitive to what God wants to do through your life. If you are one of those people who complain to God “Why do you let the lost die?” but do not pray, let me just state that you are part of the problem.

A Christian, a Christian family and a Christian church that is worth anything must integrate missions into its prayer life, care and budget. I praise God for the vision here to keep lifting the budget of this church for missions.

Luke 10:2 Beseech the Lord of the harvest

Jesus was talking to these disciples about prayer not because they were the only ones to pray but because they would see so much more need when they went out where they were supposed to. It is good and proper to have people know more about the needs out there. I myself get a lot of requests for pastors and Bible colleges for material (they are poor and have no money to order). Where can they get the training materials? So I have made it my recent prayer to help me supply a library to many of these training places. I don’t have the financial resources to do this, but I pray.

By praying that God would raise up new missionaries, it does not mean we are to neglect prayers to sustain those that are out there already! What missionaries are you supporting? Our children know the names of the ones that we support because we regularly pray for them. We get their prayer information.

Jesus’ instruction has a powerful punch to it. He is basically saying that if you prayed like you should, there would be enough workers on the field to bring the harvest in. The problem is not God but us.

This is where many people do not understand the Lord’s plan. They think God will save the ones He will save. Yes, He will. But we also can say, and with much more relevance to our lives, that God will save those that we send workers to. We as a congregation can have a great impact if we just started to seriously pray. God is waiting for us to pray so that the workers would go and so that the harvest would be reaped.


You might fuss over having this burden placed on you, but that is God’s design. It is part of the gospel. The test is whether we have enough love for God and others that we would so orient our lives to appropriately respond. We might not be sent, but are we sendable if God would so choose? Have we indeed broken our affection for comfort, convenience and preference? If not, we might wonder if we ourselves truly are His own.

Ready for missions?

Jesus’ Gospel of the Kingdom is first seen in how God sent His most beloved into the most hostile world to face a horrible death so that others might find His love and forgiveness. If Jesus lives in you, then missions is seeded like DNA right into your life. You will in response to His work care about what God is doing around the world. You will as needed start restructuring your time and resources to make a difference. You will pray for God to send out equipped workers into the field and care for the harvest about you.

When God’s love is seeded into us, we grow as a mission community, an extension to the harvest fields about the world. Let us take the ever greater task at the end of the world upon our hearts as we beseech the Lord of Harvest to raise up equipped men and women to reach out to them, even if it means us.

May your church indeed be a sending community!

“And He (Jesus) said to another, “Follow Me.”” (Luke 9:60).

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Biblical Foundations for Freedom - Resources on the Gospel of Luke

(Luke 1-3)

Luke Introduction pdf
Luke Teaching Outline pdf
Luke 1:26-38 Christmas Lights pdf
Luke 1:45-55 Christmas Prayer pdf
Luke 1:56-75 Notes pdf
Luke 1:57-80 John's Birth pdf
Luke 2:1-20 Jesus' Birth pdf
Luke 2:8-20 Good News pdf
Luke 3:1-38 Jesus & John pdf
Luke 3:21-38 Genealogy pdf

(Luke 4-9:36)

Luke 5:27-32 Needy pdf
Luke 5:33-35 Fasting Discipline pdf
Luke 5:36-39 New-Wineskins pdf
Luke 6:1-11 Sabbath pdf
Luke 6:11-19 Character & Calling pdf
Luke 7:1-10 Faith html
Luke 7:11-17 Widow & Son html
Luke 7:18-35 John the Baptist html
Luke 7:36-50 Two-debtors html
Luke 7:1-50 Faith pdf
Luke 8:22-25 Storm-Stilled pdf
Luke 8:26-39 Demoniac pdf
Luke 8:40-56 Power-Death pdf

Luke 9:1-36 Handout Questions pdf
Luke 9:1-10 Sending out Twelve html
Luke 9:11-17 Feeding of 5000 html
Luke 9:18-26 Life of Denial - Questions html
Luke 9:27-36 Glory of Christ html
Luke 9:37-48 Greatness pdf
Luke 9:45-55 Pride & Leadership pdf
Luke 9:57-62 Discipleship html | pdf | Questions html | pdf
Luke 9:57-10:2 Mission Ready html | pdf | ppt
Luke 10:1 Mission Involvement html
Luke 10:2a Mission Worldview html
Luke 10:2b Prayer & missions html
Luke 11:1-5 Content of Prayer pdf
Luke 11:14-26 Participating in Prayer pdf
Luke 11:14-28 Prayer Strategy pdf
Luke 11:5-13 Persistent in Prayer pdf

(Luke 12-19:27)

Luke 12:25-26 A Perspective on Worry html
Luke 13:1-5 Understanding Disasters html | pdf
Luke 13:18-19 Mustard Seed pdf
Luke 13:20-30 Leaven & Decisions pdf
Luke 13:31-35 Mission Growth pdf
Luke 14:1-14 Teaching html | pdf
Luke 14:15-35 Commitment html | pdf
Luke 15:1-2 Lost pdf
Luke 15:3-10 Lost Sheep pdf
Luke 15:11-32 Lost Son pdf
Luke 16:19-31 Lazarus pdf
Luke 17:11-19 Perfect Response pdf
Luke 18:1-34 Being Prepared pdf
Luke 18:1-8 Hopelessness html
Luke 18:9-14 Self-righteous html
Luke 18:15-17 Neglected html
Luke 18:18-27 False-Confidence html
Luke 18:28-30 Faithfulness html
Luke 18:31-34 Remember html
Luke 18:35-43 Blind Man pdf
Luke 19:1-10 Tax Collector pdf
Luke 19:11-27 Ten Minas pdf

LUKE 19:28-24)

Luke 19:28-40 Palm Sunday pdf
Luke 19:35-38 Entry html
Luke 19:41-44 Weep Lost pdf
Luke 19:45 20-47 Preach pdf
Luke 20:26-40 Eternity pdf
Luke 22:1-06 The-Plot html
Luke 22:1-30 Introduction html
Luke 22:7-13 The Preparation html
Luke 22:14-23 The Passover html
Luke 22:24-30 Leadership html
Luke 22:1-30 Lord's Supper pdf
Luke 22:29-36 Temptation pdf
Luke 22:31-65 Temptation Handout pdf
Luke 24:13-35 Questions pdf
Luke 24:13-53 Resurrection pdf

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