KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 13:3 (KJV). “And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;”
(Please read Matt 13 :1-9)
The Lord taught most of the times by parables. A parable is using a natural event or human activity to explain a spiritual truth. Our Lord Jesus often taught by parables. We will now consider the parable of the sower
The Sower went out sowing by casting the seed abroad According to the Lord Jesus, some fell by the way side and the seeds were picked by birds. Some fell on rocky grounds, yet as it started to grow it was quenched by the scorching sun because its roots did not go deep enough. Part of the remaining half fell among thorns which were choked by the thorns as they grew with it. The other part fell on a good soil. It grew thirty-fold, sixty-fold and a hundred-fold.
In this study I want to focus on the sower and the results he obtained, before we look at our Lord’s interpretation for the parable. The sower had on his field to plant, a pathway, that could not absorb any seed. He should have worked on that path. He also had a portion that was rocky. This rocky part could not bring any good results to him. As a farmer he had to break that particular grounds. Lastly there was a portion which was filled with thorns among which the seeds landed and definitely attacked the seeds that sprang up. These thorns should have been cleared. How do we spiritually work on the hearts of men?
“Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.”— Colossians 4:12 (KJV) Epaphras according to Apostle Paul prayed that they would stand perfect and complete. Travailing prayers indeed transforms the heart. In Galatians 4:19, apostle Paul says he travails in birth again, that Christ would be formed in their hearts. The hearts of men are worked upon by the Holy Spirit as the children of God travail in prayer.
Why did the Lord Jesus spend a great time everyday praying in the presence of the father? Most of the prayers Christians offer is mainly about their needs. The Lord instructed in Matt 6:33, that we must seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness. Dear one, the kingdom of God is about the rule of God in the hearts of men. Praying aggressively for the rule of God in the hearts of men, is seeking for the kingdom. God will likewise bless you with what you need. History teaches us about the ministry of Charles Finney an itinerant evangelist who was a great man of prayer, had a praying team led by one Father Nash, who spend days praying with fasting, before he holds his meetings. It was said that this man had about eighty percent of his converts abiding in Christ. The grounds of the hearts has been well worked on before the seeds are sown.
I seek the kingdom of God by seeking the rule of God over my life and the lives of many through travailing prevailing payers. Their lives are made whole as they respond to the word of God.
Galatians 4:19 (KJV). “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,”
Luke 10:2 (KJV). “Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.”