"...The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefor pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." -Matthew 9:37-38
We are told in Matthew 9:37 and 38 to pray that God send His people to aid others to him. We are told to pray for help in our journey of guiding others toward heaven. However, sometimes we forget to ask God, "Lord, send me." and we instead say, "Lord, send him." or, "Lord, send her." But what is more important: working, ourselves and making sure the job gets done, or sitting back and watching others do the work?
Think of it this way: if a farmer has too much land to harvest on his own, he has every right to hire workers to aid him in gathering his crop, right? But, if one of the workers, even if he's a really good friend of the farmer's, decides half way through that he doesn't want to work or doesn't even show up at all, has he earned his payment? No. He didn't complete his work. James 2:10 says, "For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has accountable for all of it." Even if we show up to church every time the doors are open, participate in all prayer groups, Bible readings, studies, and classes, and we never gossip or slander or murder or cuss, if we don't go out and make an effort to show others the Word of God, have we completed the whole counsel given to us (Acts 20:27)?
It's important for us as Christians to, yes definitely pray for others to help us, but to keep our eyes peeled for opportunities. After all, if everyone sat back and did nothing, nothing would get done! And even if we just help encourage one person towards the heavenly goal, it'll all be worth it. It's important to keep your eyes open for any chance to share God's word, because you never know when you'll be most effective.