A Call to Pray For Our Farmers
As a third generation rural Minnesota farming family, we know what harvest means.
It’s a time when livelihood depends mostly on factors outside of your control. A time when weather can take out your entire crop in one day, and when everything the farmers have put into the land – from seed buying to cutting – can be lost. A time when farm families stay quiet and unseen. When most of the words said are said through prayer and petition. And, it’s a time when those outside of farm life are mostly unaware of all the farmers are facing.
This harvest is an unusual one for farmers. The reality of heavy rains early and late in the season have farmers facing the harsh reality of crops not being ready to be taken, although late in the season. And just like that, if things couldn’t get much worse, farmers are staring at a huge blow to the stomach that takes any wind they had right out of them. With most crops still in the ground, snow is in the forecast. And coming soon. They are forced to make difficult decisions regarding whether to take the crop before they’re ready, and lose any potential profit, or, wait, and hope the weather turns. A constant weighing of the risk.
Snow means a lot of things for an already late and wet harvest. It means our crops will be lost, and the work to get the crop out of the ground will be long and hard.
We ask that you would join the many farmers across the states in praying for our farmers.
Pray for wisdom. Give them insight to know when to go and when to wait. Give them guidance, to stay one step ahead of the next right move.
Pray for trust. Give them a deep sense of Your power and plan, and peace to believe You will work all things out for those who believe in Him.
Pray for protection. Keep them safe from injury and from accidents.
Pray for health. With limited hours of sleep come sickness. Protect and strengthen their bodies against illness.
Pray for faith. Give them an overwhelming sense of Your presence, knowing You are hearing their petitions.
Pray for strength. Emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and spiritually.
Pray for love. Help them joyfully love those around them and those who speak out against them.
Pray for prosperity. That the bills would be paid, loans to be paid off, and that any excess would be used to bless others.
Thank you Lord for our farmers. And thank you for praying for them.
Amanda Davison is the wife to a Minnesota farmer, mother of three, and President of the nonprofit, A Wife Like Me. She is the co-author of Dear Wife: 10 Minute Invitations to Practice Connection with Your Husband, speaker, and serves on staff at her local church, where she and her husband lead the marriage mentor team. Former psychology professor, Amanda is now relentlessly sharing how her education in counseling and God’s word changed her life and marriage. You can be a part of the growing community of wives on Facebook or Instagram, and can find many helpful resources for your marriage at A Wife Like Me.
Bailey Richardson is the wife of a Paul Bunyan look-a-like, the mama of a growing little family, and a woman on the wild adventure of pursuing Jesus. She lives in a small lake town in Minnesota where her family is highly involved in their local church and Young Life, a global non-profit youth ministry. A self-proclaimed “recovering perfectionist,” Bailey loves writing for and connecting with women who want to more deeply experience the grace, freedom, and abundance that comes from following Jesus. You can find her at baileymrichardson.com or on Instagram @baileymrichardson.
[read more=”More” less=”Read Less”]