Muslims comprise 5-12% of the population of Thailand, making them the largest minority group in the country. While the Thai church continues to grow, Christians still number less than 1% of the total populace. With the majority of the 500,000 believers in the Thai Church coming from a Buddhist background, the laborers who can share the Gospel across cultural boundaries to reach Muslims in Thailand are few. So, we invite you to pray with us in response to the words of Jesus to ‘therefore plead with the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.’ (Luke 10:2b)
For more information on the state of the church, see “Where are the Christians in Thailand?”
Fig. Muslim percentage of provincial population estimates based on combined data from the National Statistical Office of Thailand.
The Lord ‘wants all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth’ (1 Tim 2:4) and He has promised that ‘a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all the tribes, peoples, and languages’ would be ‘standing before the throne and before the Lamb’ (Rev 7:9-10) worshiping him for all eternity. Muslims from Thailand who have responded to the Gospel in faith will be standing right next to us singing the ‘excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light’. (1 Pet 2:9)
How will this come to be? The Lord commands every believer to make disciples who can teach others how to be a disciple. But it’s not just about disciples making disciples; ‘we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, that is, Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.’ (Eph 4:15-16) We pray that the whole Church would become what the Lord made it to be, and that local churches, whether in homes or otherwise, and every believer, no matter their part, would embrace His call to plant churches, make disciples and see the word of God ‘grow and be multiplied’. (Acts 12:24)
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to follow all that I commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.Matthew 28:18-20
For more information on what to pray for, see Who are the Muslims in Thailand? and What are Church-Planting Movements?
In Paul’s writing to the church, he often included requests for which he wanted them to pray. For example, to Ephesus, he says, ‘With every prayer and request, pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be alert with all perseverance and every request for all the saints, and pray in my behalf, that speech may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.’ (Eph 6:18-20)
Our goal is to provide regular updates and requests for prayer from churches and workers sharing with Muslims in Thailand. But more than just prayer, our aim is unified prayer, that we would pray together, “Our Father, who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.”
Pray, then, in this way: Our Father, who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.Matthew 6:9-13
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