Luke “10:02”

“The 10:02 Prayer”

In the margin of my Bible, right at the beginning of Luke 10 is the note, “Pray at 10:02!” That’s it. No explanation. No elaboration. Just, “Pray at 10:02.” Knowing that I often take notes in my bible, I was trying to recall why I wrote that down. So, I read the passage hoping it would jog my memory.


Luke 10:02 (NLT) 2 These were his instructions to them: “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.


Then I remembered! Over the last two years I’ve heard a number of different people, at different times, reference that they pray Luke 10:2 at 10:02 everyday.

Going Deeper

Here’s where we get to see the uniqueness of Luke’s Gospel. Luke is the only gospel that records the sending out of the seventy-two. Which means, Luke is the only gospel to record that the disciples actually went out twice (Luke 9:1-6).

One of the reasons for Luke’s addition of this fact, is the symbolism associated with the number “72.” According to the Septuagint account in Genesis 10, “72” is the traditional number of nations in the world. So this means: Because Luke’s primary audience are Gentiles, and because Jesus symbolically chose “72” disciples as representation of all nations (including the Gentile nations), Luke is affirming the reputation that his gospel is for “all people,” both Jews and Gentiles.

Pray, Ask, Go

You get a ton of results when you do a search for “10:02 prayer” in Google. Mission organizations, blogs, articles, and websites have been dedicated to this idea. It’s a great idea, but I also see a danger with it. I know, I know, it’s never bad to pray, and to do it a specific time doesn’t make it worse, but that’s not my fear. My fear is that we stop at (10:2) and don’t include (10:3).


Luke 10:2-3 (NLT) 2 These were his instructions to them: “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. 3 Now go, and remember that I am sending you out as lambs among wolves.


Here are the three things Jesus tells his disciples to do:

  1. Pray…  to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest;
  2. Ask…  him to send more workers into his fields.
  3. Go…  and remember that I am sending you out as lambs among wolves.

In my confessionally limited search of this initiative, I see a lot of one and two, but there seems to be a large gap to point 3. We’re quick to pray and ask, which again IS NOT BAD, but remember who he’s preparing… Lambs among wolves.

Jesus didn’t give the disciples the opportunity to sit at home, or sit in the church, and simply pray for the world. He told them to pray as they were going out as laborers in the harvest!

As laborers, we should pray for more laborers! Pray for more people to be willing to work in harvest. You need to know: There’s no such thing as unemployment in Christ’s Kingdom!

Join In:

I believe that many of you reading this reflection are out in the world working the harvest as lambs among wolves. Here’s something to consider starting today:

  • Set your watch, cell phone alarm, or calendar reminder for 10:02
  • When it goes off…
    • Pray…  to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest;
    • Ask…  him to send more workers into his fields.
    • Go…  and remember that I am sending you out as lambs among wolves