Day 274: Prayer for peoples’ hearts to be the good earth for the seed of Christ

Pray that the saints would realize that the seed of Christ is sown through the gospel into human hearts and would pray for people’s hearts to become the good earth to receive the gospel seed (Matt. 13:18-23; 5:3, 8; John 4:36-37).

Matt. 13:18-23—You therefore hear the parable of the one who sowed. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand, the evil one comes and snatches away that which has been sown in his heart. This is the one sown beside the way. And the one sown on the rocky places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he does not have root in himself but lasts only for a time, and when affliction or persecution occurs because of the word, immediately he is stumbled. And the one sown in the thorns, this is he who hears the word, and the anxiety of the age and the deceitfulness of riches utterly choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. But the one sown on the good earth, this is he who hears the word and understands, who by all means bears fruit and produces, one a hundredfold, and one sixtyfold, and one thirtyfold. 

Matt. 5:3, 8—Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of the heavens…Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

John 4:36-37—He who reaps…gathers fruit unto eternal life, in order that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together…One sows and another reaps.

For further reading please refer to Life-study of Mark, msg. 64, p. 544; Life-study of Matthew, msg. 36, pp. 445-447; and CWWL, 1932-1949, vol. 3, “Crucial Truths in the Holy Scriptures, vol. 3,” ch. 28, p. 503.

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