Sunday, April 14, 2013

Their cry reaches out

As borders close and the heated rhetoric increases from North Korea, Christians there are sending a desperate plea to fellow Christians around the world to PRAY!
Revelation 3:2 calls to us in Australia to “Wake up and strengthen what remains and is about to die,” bearing in mind that for 11 years North Korea has been the No.1 persecutor of Christians in the world.

North Korean Church leaders call on us to earnestly pray for their country. Underground Christians describe the current atmosphere as warlike, with many cars on the road concealed under camouflage nets and helmeted soldiers carrying guns.  Greatly fearing war and its consequences, many people are hastily purchasing emergency food supplies and daily goods, just in case, and the prices of goods, including food, are skyrocketing.
Prayer for North Korea is now more important than ever before and underground Christians are grateful for the strength received from believers around the world, and urge them to continue upholding them in their prayers.
A recent letter smuggled from North Korea said “I would like to thank the many brothers and sisters around the world for their continuous love and support. We know that our journey will not be an easy one, but we are sure that our faith, desperate hope and passionate desire will someday bear many fruits.  No matter how difficult life is for us, we never blame or complain about our circumstances.  God has promised us in the Bible that if we seek His Kingdom first, all other things will be given to us.
As Christians, we realize “our struggle is not against  flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the  spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”  (Ephesians 6:12)  As the Body of Christ we can take authority over these demonic spiritual rulers and influence change in the nation of North Korea.

Prayer Points:
  • Thank God for the bravery of all Christians in North Korea, to stand boldly for Him in a country where discovery of their faith can mean death. PRAY for the protection of Christians, especially those imprisoned in labour camps, and all those assisting believers who have escaped into surrounding countries. 
  • Pray for a calm resolution to the current crisis - that it will result in the peaceful release and restoration of the North Korean people, rather than war. 
  •  Pray for the leadership of North Korea, that Kim Jong-Un and those around him will come to know Jesus as their Saviour.

Bulletin 14th April 2013 here.