by Jill Lienemann, Kesher International Missions | ©2011
“Nothing was growing in the fields because the Lord God had not yet made it rain on the land.” (Genesis 2:5 NCV) “He will also send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful.” (Isaiah 30:23 NIV, ©2010)
Water is crucial to the germination process of a seed for softening the kernel shell, hydrating enzymes that initiate metabolism and washing away acidic inhibitors. Equally vital is the Holy Spirit for activating the seed (“word of God”) planted in a person’s soul. This supernatural water alters a “heart of stone into a heart of flesh, broken and contrite” (Ezekiel 11:19; Psalms 51:17 NIV, ©2010) allowing Christ, the Word, to take root and spring up (Colossians 2:7). The Holy Spirit works to remove obstacles that would try to impede development of the seed.
Water is important to the growth process of a seedling for prohibiting soil compaction and crusting. Plants will experience “drought stress” as a result of shallow root systems caused by arid solid ground and failed plant emergence needed for photosynthesis. Both roots and leaves are essential requirements for nutrient uptake and shoot development. “The ground is cracked because there is no rain in the land…” (Jeremiah 14:4a NIV, ©2010) “But the plant soon wilted under the hot sun, and since it didn’t have deep roots, it died.” (Mark 4:6 NLT) “You water all of its fields and level the lumpy ground. You send showers of rain to soften the soil and help the plants sprout.” (Psalm 65:10 CEV)
During long periods of absent rainfall, farmers must provide water through irrigation. “For I will pour out water…to irrigate your parched fields.” (Isaiah 44:3 NLT) This conduit system channels the valuable resource from a nearby reservoir and disperses it to the ground void of moisture. “He draws up water from the oceans and pours it down as rain on the land.” (Amos 5:8b NLT, Amos 9:6b NLT) Similarly prayer diverts God’s heavenly resource, the Holy Spirit, to be outpoured upon a specified piece of dry land. “And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.” (James 5:18 NIV, ©2010) “He says…to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’” (Job 37:6 NIV, ©2010) Consequently, the field that drinks in the flowing water will be blessed by God for His use. “Some people are like land that gets plenty of rain. The land produces a good crop for those who work it, and it receives God’s blessings.” (Hebrews 6:7 NCV)
KESHER TIP (connection): Crop Irrigation
Unlike natural crops which drown from an over abundance of water, spiritual crops thrive from a profusion of the Holy Spirit. Pray daily for your harvest field. There are many good mission trip prayer lists on the internet free for your use. You may find this scripture helpful in guiding your prayers:
“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus.” (1Timothy 2:1-5 NLT)
Go to the next devotion entitled, “Equipment”, in this Harvest devotional series!
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