During the 40 days of Lent I’m committed to praying each day for Christians in the 40 countries where the cost of being a follower of Christ is highest. I invite you to do the same. The information on the prayer needs of each country comes from a combination of Open Doors, Barnabas Fund and Operation World.
Today we are Praying for North Korea
Nowhere in the world is Christian persecution so fierce. Christians have to hide their faith; Christian parents can’t even share their beliefs with their children until they are old enough to understand the dangers. Owning a Bible could get you killed, or sent to a harsh labour camp. In 2010 hundreds of Christians were arrested. Some were murdered (upto 400 by some accounts), others sentenced to labour camps. Despite the risks, the church is growing: there are an estimated 400,000 believers.
Challenge for Prayer
The “Hermit Kingdom” is a repressive nightmare, where the populace are kept ignorant of the outside world and forcibly indoctrinated into the bizarre doctrines and policies of the “Dear Leader”. He has made 70 bronze statues (total value over $1 billion) – and literally tens of thousands of other monuments, towers and figures – of his father Kim Il-Sung, the Father in the twisted Cheondogyo trinity of Father, Son and Juche spirit. The nuclear threat of this rogue nation is only surpassed by the nation’s great suffering and deprivation.
Pray for the leader and his cadre, that the Holy Spirit might bring them to repentance and belief.
North Korea’s economy and environment are in states of disaster, the former propped up only by illicit money-spinner ventures outside the country and by Chinese and South Korean generosity, which ebbs and flows with ever-shifting North Korean politics. Yet the cost of continually propping up North Korea will eventually tally up to more than the cost of rebuilding a crumbling nation after a regime change.
Pray for a watershed moment in God’s timing that will bring thorough change, freedom and complete transformation to this land.
- There are an estimated 400,000 Christians in the country even though it is illegal to be a Christian
- It is believed that there are 40 – 60,000 Christians in labour camps where they may be brutally treated, starved and tortured – pray that the Lord would comfort His people
- Give thanks for the continued growth of the church – pray for the Lord’s protection of the hundreds of underground churches.