Jesus’ compassion for the crowds is deep and strong- they are like sheep without a shepherd. But lost and hopeless though they seem, many are ripe for harvesting. So Jesus commands his disciples (and us!) to pray that the Lord of the Harvest send workers out into the harvest fields.
A passage with some wonderful encouragements and a call to pray and to go!
35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (ESV)