When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Matthew 9:36 ESV
Demonic influence manifests itself in a variety of forms; here it prevents the man from speaking (see also 12:22).
Are you being prevented or hesitant to speak for Christ? Speaking starts with obedience.
How does obedience lead to compassion?
As you “gather and scatter” who are you praying for?
What are you praying for in regards to how you and the church can spread God's word?
"Like sheep without a shepherd." The leaders have failed in their responsibility, but Mic. 5:4 predicted that the Messiah would “shepherd” his people. Given the helplessness and the need of the crowds, Jesus’ disciples are urged to pray earnestly that the Lord (shifting metaphors) would send out laborers into his harvest, since many are ready to receive the good news of the kingdom.
So how is God calling you to be obedient and showing you the need to be compassionate?
What specific person do you have compassion for?
How are you living sent as you move about your day? Or do you only live sent as a planned event like a mission trip?
How can this help you be persistent in your prayer life?