The bigger the job, the more people you need to do it. If you are building a playhouse, you probably need two or three people. If you are building a regular house, you need more. And if you are building a whole neighborhood, you need even more.
When Jesus came to earth, he was building something, too. He was building his Kingdom, a Kingdom filled with people who know him and love him...and who learn to love one another, too. And he needed lots of workers to build that Kingdom, workers who would repeat his words and tell others about his actions.
The Gospel of Matthew tells us how Jesus went about building his Kingdom and gathering those workers...
Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, "The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields." Matthew 9:35-38
Notice that Jesus did not ask his disciples, who were already working for him, to work harder...or even to go find more workers on their own. Instead, he asked them to pray that God would send more workers.
He just asked them to pray for the help they needed.
When you need help to do something, what is the first thing you do? Do you ask God to send you the people you need? Do you try to find those people yourself? Do you just try to do the job on your own?
Jesus tells us that God should always be the first person we ask for help. That doesn't mean he will do all the work for us; it means he will guide us. He he will make sure we know what we are supposed to do, who is supposed to help us, and how we should work together.
Read Psalm 121
This Psalm reminds us that God is our helper. All other help we receive is from him!
Choose a verse from Psalm 121 and create a verse image for it. Write the words on a piece of paper and draw a picture around the words that shows their meaning.
Memorize your chosen verse this week. Think about it throughout your day, remembering to ask God for help. If you like, you can write the verse somewhere you will see it often.