Frasier’s life and ministry teaches us what Jesus meant when he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:37–38)
Duration:59 mins 31 secs

These Said “Yes”

Our Text: Matthew 9: 35-38 - Pray Earnestly to the Lord of the Harvest

Our Example:  James Frasier – Pioneer Missionary to the Lisu of China

The year was 1906. At Imperial College in London, James Fraser was preparing to graduate. He knew his field of study held immense prospects worldwide, and he knew that his own ability in engineering was considerable. He was also an extraordinary musician, often giving concerts as an accomplished pianist. At twenty years of age, he had his life planned out. But God had other plans for J. O Frasier. 

A small pamphlet on missions that Frasier was reading asked this question: “If our Master returned today to find millions of people unevangelized, and looked, as of course He would look, to us for an explanation, I cannot imagine what explanation we should have to give. Of one thing I am certain—that most of the excuses we are accustomed to make with such good conscience now, we shall be wholly ashamed of then.” The booklet spoke of losing one’s life for Christ’s sake, of dying in order to live. In short, it spoke of renouncing obvious plans and prospects because God had something better. (Mountain Rain: A New Biography of James O. Fraser, Kindle P 78)

The plan of God would change the direction of J.O. Frasier’s life, and change the lives of the Lisu people in China, Thailand and Burma. But that path would be long and hard.  The spiritual darkness was deep and the grip of demonism was strong. Piercing this darkness in the mountains of China began in the prayer closet. Frasier wrote, “Solid, lasting missionary work is done on the knees. What I covet more than anything else is earnest believing prayer,” Mountain Rain (Kindle 479-480). 

Frasier’s life and ministry teaches us what Jesus meant when he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:37–38)

Those who say “yes” to God’s call recognize the condition of the lost. (Matt. 9: 35-36)

Those who say “yes” to God’s call respond first through prayer (Matt 9: 37-38)

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