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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | May 11, 2018

My prayer list for North Korea

For sixteen years, North Korea has been ranked the “most oppressive place in the world for Christians.” And yet, an estimated 36 percent of the population—around nine million people—are believers.

Up to seventy thousand of them are in concentration camps; more than 75 percent do not survive. Defectors have spoken of Christians being crushed by steamrollers, used to test biological weapons, or hung on a cross over a fire.

Christians must keep their faith secret even from other family members since the government rewards those who betray believers. But their numbers are growing, and their faith is strong. As one expert says, “They know only God is powerful enough to break through the darkness of the most oppressive regime on earth.”

We should rejoice in the safe return of the three Americans while praying for the millions who are victims of this cruel regime. Here’s my prayer list for North Korea:

• Kim Jong Un to make Jesus his Lord.

• His leaders to hear the gospel and come to faith.

• Success in the upcoming summit with removal of nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula.

• North Korean Christians to be protected and enabled to worship freely.

• The country to experience freedom and prosperity.

• A great spiritual movement in North Korea.

A spiritual awakening that began in South Korea sixty years ago is continuing to impact nations around the world. Let’s pray for this awakening to encompass North Korea as well.

Jesus promised: “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31–32). Please join me in praying for true freedom in North Korea to the glory of God.

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