Ron Sawka Ministries
January 26, 2022; Shevat 24, 5782
“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. … ‘The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest’” (Matt. 9:35–38).
Keys for Harvest 2022
In the first week of January, I was reading the book of Matthew. Chapters 9–10 are beautiful pictures of Jesus’s ministry, but they also show how each of us can and should minister. There are at least thirteen different keys I’ve spoken about recently, as follows:
1. Increase of authority to remove all barriers to healing—Matt. 9:1–6. Jesus immediately saw that sin (either the young man’s or ancestral) was at the root of the paralysis. It wasn’t about salvation, but rather to remove the barrier/block to healing that Jesus said the young man’s sins were forgiven. To show that He in his humanity (He called himself the “son of man”) had the authority, He then commanded the young man to arise. The young man did and was healed. According to John 20:23, we have that same authority to remove blockages to healing.
2. Year of the house—When I read these two chapters, the phrase “the house” kept jumping out at me (see 9:6, 7, 10, 23, 28). Much of the ministry described in these chapters took place “in the house.” This means God wants to use our houses or workplaces. Expect your residence/workplace to be a place of visitation where people are touched by the Lord.
3. Intersecting with dissatisfied people—Matt. 9:9. When Jesus told Matthew, “Follow me,” Matthew immediately arose and began to follow. Somehow, Matthew was dissatisfied with his life. You could say he was “prepared.” So when he heard Jesus’s invitation, his response was immediate and decisive. Because of prayer and praise in our nations, the shroud of darkness is being pushed back. People’s hearts are being prepared. They are hungry. Get ready to meet lots of them in 2022.
4. Favor with all kinds of people—Matt. 9:9–10. The “tax collectors and sinners” loved to be with Jesus. It was far more than just the miracles and His amazing teaching—they were drawn by the Holy Spirit. We have the same Holy Spirit, and the glory of the Lord is risen on each of us. Start looking to see people drawn to you this year. They will want to be your friends. Let them be. Accept them; don’t turn them away.
5. People will call on you for life solutions—Matt. 9:18–26. The ruler came to Jesus because his daughter died. He knew Jesus could do the miracle of resurrection. He didn’t send a messenger, but came himself. I feel that the more the veil of darkness is pierced over our nations, the more people will be able to see that we who have Jesus in us have solutions for their life issues. Expect more and more people to come calling on us.
6. Favor and healings that you won’t even notice—Matt. 9:20–22. The woman who had been suffering for twelve years with the issue of blood pushed through the crowd knowing that if she touched even His garment, she would be healed. She touched it and was healed! Jesus then spoke with her, resulting in confirmation and blessing for her. I think this year we will find people reaching out to us, and then only later will we hear how what we said or did impacted or healed them.
7. Don’t argue with the mockers, isolate/remove them—Matt. 9:23–25. Jesus’s words to the parents that their daughter was only sleeping—not dead—probably were a great encouragement to them. But the so-called friends mocked and ridiculed His words. He didn’t argue or defend; He simply isolated them. Be braced for ridicule. Understand that those doing so are being used by the devil. Don’t argue or explain. Just remove them and go on and minister to those who are seeking. There will be miracles, but you have to first isolate the mockers.
8. The news will spread—Matt. 9:26 states, “And the report of this went out into all the land.” Satan is prince of the power of the air. He tries to keep news of miracles or healings from spreading. But 2022 is a time of harvest. We are under an increasingly open heaven. The good news will spread quickly.
9. Talking and fellowship will build up faith for miracles—Matt. 9:27–31. When the two blind men asked for healing, Jesus took them to his home. He talked with them. Their faith was built up. He then healed them. Sometimes when people come asking for help, we will need to take them home and fellowship with them. This will allow their faith to arise to be able to receive the miracle they need.
10. Clear increase in discerning and breaking the demonic—Matt. 9:32–34. A mute who was demon possessed was brought to Jesus, who easily drove out the demon and healed the man. This was another case of first removing the barrier to healing—demonic on this occasion. Because of the great harvest before us, we will find our spiritual eyes more open than ever. We’ll easily discern when/where demons are working, we’ll drive them out, and will minister the healing.
11. Your own eyes will see the harvest—Matt. 9:35–36. Jesus was so engaged in the harvest. He was teaching, preaching, healing the sick, and working miracles. He loved the harvest. But the more He ministered, the more the need and possibilities kept expanding. Harvest begets harvest. Similarly, as we begin to gather the harvest, we too will begin to see more and more possibilities. We will see nothing is impossible with God. Everywhere we look—everywhere we go—we will see harvest.
12. We will effectively pray for and see more harvesters—Matt. 9:37–38. I have come to see that this prayer is not really effective until we find ourselves heavily involved in harvest. The more we harvest, the more possibilities and needs seem to arise. It happened to Jesus, thus the command to pray and ask for more workers. Because we will see so much harvest, we will know full well we can’t do it alone. We must multiply.
13. Shifting from disciples to apostles (sent ones)—Matt. 10:1–2. In verse 1, Jesus gathers the disciples and gives them power and authority over sickness and demons for the purpose of sending them. Verse 2 states, “Now the names of the twelve apostles are these,” meaning they were “sent.” We well understand we all are followers of Jesus. We are His disciples. But we are also being sent. We are shifted into the apostolic. This is a year of moving in the authority and power of the Lord to do what He asks us to do—to bring in the harvest.
Thanks for praying,
Ron and Teddy
P.S., Happy New Year (Jan. 29–Feb. 6) to all of our Chinese readers around the world. Because of this holiday, there won’t be a Chinese edition of this update on Feb. 2, nor Chinese translation of MPP Feb. 1–11. All other languages will continue on as usual.
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