How North Korean Christians Pray, and How You Can Pray for Them
Nov 27 2012 Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint...My soul is in deep anguish. How long, Lord, how long? Turn, Lord, and deliver me….” Psalm 6:2-4
Secret letters from North Korean Christians express how much they appreciate our prayers and practical support. One church leader wrote, “Without you we would not be able to function as Christians.” Along with their gratitude, several secret church leaders related specific prayer requests.
With burdened hearts they share that many refugees who were arrested in China and repatriated are now in North Korea’s notorious prisons. Some that had converted managed to conceal their newfound faith and were released after serving their sentence. After months of “reeducation” in the prisons, the biggest challenge they face is not holding onto the truth, but learning how to live as a human being again. They say that after months or years of being treated as an animal, many have become selfish, rude and even violent. The letters asked us to pray for those going through the difficult transition to life after the prison.
Physical survival is also one of the top requests for prayer. North Korean church leaders say that Christians and other civilians struggle to collect enough food, medicines and other daily necessities to survive. Though ashamed to ask, each letter humbly requests that we send more aid, while expressing gratitude for how much they have already received. In consideration of this great need, our prayers should focus on petitioning God to bless the land and hold back any natural disasters, like typhoons or drought, in 2013.
Christians working with North Korean refugees have also asked for our prayers, in particular for protection. With increasing numbers of North Korean spies trying to infiltrate Christian and human rights networks, the situation has become even more dangerous. They also ask for prayer that Kim Jong-Un would pull back his troops and that Christians would be able to discern whether a person can be trusted. Lastly they ask that we petition God on their behalf for great fruit in their work, adding that the more refugees that take Jesus back to North Korea, the stronger the Church gets.
Listed are approximately 45 prayer point suggestions, divided into five categories, so we can pray specifically for the political situation, the economic situation, the social situation, ministry work and the church. In addition, there is a sixth category for giving thanks to our Lord.