Sukhothai is a wonderful ancient city in the north of Thailand. It is a tourist place most famous for its ruins. The name translates “dawn of happiness”.
However, you won’t be happy upon knowing that there is no SDA Church here.
Jon Wood, the president of Jesus for Asia, visited here one time and he had a burden in his heart for this place. So He invited us to do a prayer walk here.
Prayer walk is walking around the city or a certain place; going as the Holy Spirit leads and praying for the people in the place. It can also be described as praying and walking at the same time, “praying on-site with insight” and simply on-site intercession.
Here is an excerpt from the book “Daring to Ask for More” p. 259:
Prayer walking is a relatively new phenomenon, the origin of which is not completely clear. There is no solid biblical model for prayer walking, although some use the story of the children of Israel walking around Jericho as support. However, to say that certain prayers offered in one setting or while in one position are more effective than those offered at another time or in another manner is simply not scriptural. While we may feel we need to be physically close to a situation to pray more effectively, remember that our heavenly Father, who is not only omniscient (all knowing), but omnipresent (can be everywhere at the same time), knows exactly what our needs are, and He will respond to them in His own perfect will and timing, no matter where we pray.
Having stated this, we know that those in Bible times walked the majority of the time, and it’s no doubt they also prayed while they walked. Furthermore, the Bible tells us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and since walking is something we do daily, surely part of praying without ceasing is praying while walking—whether at our home, work or church.Melody Mason
We had our worship before we did the prayer walk and claimed this promise.
Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.Psalm 2.8
We prayed that God would send forth laborers in this area (Luke 10:2) and that the Holy Spirit will be poured so people will be prepared for the coming missionaries.
Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.Luke 10:2
It was my first time to do prayer-walking. I didn’t have any idea but I watched the Episode 12 of MissionTREK, Pause and Effect and it really reminded me to pray for people even when I’m in the malls or wherever I go.
A missionary family committed to be deployed in this place. They will come here in few months and doing prayer walks in this area would be like preparing the place before they arrive. This on-site intercession is like a “hug from God” before they arrive here.
We went to a temple and prayed in our group for the people here.
We went wherever we were led–to the market, streets, to a park and God provided a beautiful spot where we did United Prayer.
As the city is famous for its ruins, we prayed for a rebuilding of the people’s spiritual lives that they may go back and know their Maker.
Also, may the walls of spiritual delusion be broken in this area.
We ended our Sabbath with a sunset in a heart-shaped man-made island known as Tung Talay Luang or Holy Heart Island.
I will never look at tourist spots or anywhere the same way again. Most of the time (when we go to malls or anywhere) we just focus on our cares and not thinking that the people, especially in this non-Christian nation, needs to know about their Savior.
You can also do prayer walks even when you are touring around. These people do not know about their need of God and we can intercede for them ( if not witness right at that time) to send forth laborers and for the Holy Spirit to enlighten them. Here is the video of our Sukhothai Prayer Walk.
Blessings! Please keep the city of Sukhothai in your prayers.
Have you done prayer walking before? How was your experience? We would love to hear from you.
Special thanks to Bro. Jonathan Hill for some of the pictures and for the drone shot.
Nell Grace Cablinda is the editor of Yanhee Adventist Church blog and Head of Church Media Ministry and Technology Department.