|What we should really pray for in North Korea
We should see the North Korean missile crisis as a prompt for prayer for our persecuted family inside the ‘hermit kingdom’ – and for Pyongyang’s leaders.
That’s the cry of Release partners as Pyongyang prepares to stage a provocative show of its military strength today – and the Winter Olympics get under way in South Korea tomorrow.
Please pray for Pyongyang’s leaders, that God will meet them in His grace and His glory, every time you hear North Korea mentioned in the news.
North Korea has brought forward its annual display of thousands of troops, tanks and missiles on the capital’s streets – staging it today, on the eve of the Olympics.Dr Eric Foley, Release’s partner who works with North Korea defectors, says it is not enough to pray for regime change or an easing of tensions – because this would not break the cycle of persecution. Rather, he says, we should pray for a radical change of heart among North Korean leaders.‘When those missiles are pointed at us, should we simply pray that things are returned to the way they were before?’ asks Dr Foley. ‘No! The status quo means Christians experience torture and imprisonment for the sake of their faith.
‘We should pray that it becomes possible for the first time in their lives for Christians in North Korea to practise their faith without recrimination.’
- Pray with North Korea’s underground church that the country’s leader Kim Jong-Un will come to know Christ and that his nation will find true peace in God.
- Pray that the Holy Spirit will move among the Supreme Leader’s inner circle and lead many of them to meet with Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
- Ask Jesus to sustain and strengthen our brothers and sisters in North Korea and restore their hope in Him and in a future where His name is glorified across the Korean peninsula (by freedom of worship).
(Source: Release partners)