Pray a prayer. Light a lantern. Release light over the city.
We are a team of ten but for our ministry night we split into two. Although separate in location we were more unified than ever, through a God we love, we have the same spirit filling us. A prayer team of five stayed at home to intercede for the five that went into the bars of Loi Kroh, Chiang Mai’s red light district.
During the prayer and intercession time with the team before we left, God spoke about our team walking in purity and in light.
He spoke about our team impacting our surroundings rather than being affected by it. He gave Milena a picture of lanterns floating up into the sky, being released and bringing light to the whole city.
The night felt so different from other nights.
The atmosphere and the spiritual realm was heavier, darker, busier.
The music played, the lights flashed and like insects, the men were drawn in and they swarmed over the bars and to the women, searching.
Spiritually, we also felt attacked in many ways; our team had never been split up for this ministry before. There had been a bit of miscommunication with another team, Jono’s saxophone broke while we were worshipping, and we all felt distracted by all of the tempting items and food being sold at the markets. The enemy was trying so hard to get us down.
Once we realized what the enemy was trying to do, we began to fight! It was like for the very first time, our eyes were open in the red light district. We finally saw what was going on – that despite the music, dancing, laughing, and beautiful items and food, there was so much brokenness! We were determined to conquer.
Standing on a street beside the bars, we prayed. We were called by God to be an army, but He hadn’t just called us alone. Kiki felt that angels, hundreds and hundreds of them surrounded us! God asked Jono to play out of his broken sax, and it worked again as he played Amazing Grace. Desperately calling out for more of God, we fell to our knees praying to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and declaring that we cared for the people of this city.
On the way back we felt as if we should do a 24-hour prayer and write prayers on lanterns, then at the end of the 24-hour period, light them and release them. Brock confirmed that he also has been feeling that we need to do a 24-hour prayer!
The team back home had drawn the picture of twelve lanterns as they prayed, and we had seen twelve lanterns in the sky above the bars also as we prayed, which equals twenty-four lanterns! Gods plan are amazing!
When we arrived back at the place we’re staying we debriefed and were filled with God’s joy. As we prayed out thanks to God, some of the group broke out in uncontrollable laughter; the Holy Spirit inside of us releasing excitement for the powerful night we had just witnessed!
We are ruined for the ordinary. Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18