Prayer Campaign 2014
A PRAYER FOR KOREA
“Heavenly Father, we pray for the people of Korea, north and south. We pray that the people of the north will be peacefully liberated from the tyranny they currently live under. We pray that the darkness will be lifted from the minds and hearts of those who rule, and from those who are ruled, that the people of the north may be free to live in your light. We pray for an end to concentration camps in the north and the lies that the people of the north are told about the outside world. We pray for an end to the division of the Korean people, and we ask that the day will soon come when all Koreans will be able to live in peace and unity with each other. We pray this prayer in the precious name of Jesus Christ.”
The Enough 2014! campaign is a campaign of prayer for 2014. God has placed the people of North Korea on my heart to pray for them throughout this year. If you are feeling the same stirring in your heart then please join me in praying for these people. The aim of this one year prayer campaign is to end the grip an evil regime has on the people of North Korea which began in 1948. Due to the military power at its disposal no nation outside of North Korea can change the political situation in that country, but God IS able to! This campaign acknowledges the long history of brutality by a small group of people over millions of citizens trapped inside a piece of God’s world we call North Korea, and the time has come to say:
‘Enough!‘ to the suffering in the prisons and concentration camps.
‘Enough!‘ to the starvation of the most vulnerable in the country.
‘Enough!‘ to the enormous amounts of money spent on weapons.
‘Enough!‘ to the lies and brain washing that the people are subjected to.
‘Enough!‘ to the evil regime which exercises such control over its people.
‘Enough!‘ to the unnatural division of the people of Korea.
‘Enough!‘ to the darkness and fear that haunts millions of people in this country.
‘Enough!‘ to any principalities and powers that stand in the way of God’s light shining into the lives of these people.
To join this campaign all you need to do is join me, and I believe many more like me who have sensed God’s calling to commit to praying for North Korea – the leadership and the people – asking God to:
1) bring about the peaceful downfall of this regime;
2) bring about a free, democratic and united Korea;
3) move in power by his Holy Spirit to draw the people of a united Korea into a relationship with himself….and do all this in 2014!
These are big prayers and some may find this too much to pray for. But we do this remembering that the message of the gospel, as pronounced by Jesus, is that through God’s intervening power we might “bring good news to the poor…proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” Luke 4 : 18-19
If you would like to join in the Jericho fast for North Korea please click on link for a PDF document. The fast days are:
- Monday 2nd June 2014
- Tuesday 1st July 2014
- Friday 1st August 2014
- Monday 1st September 2014
- Wednesday 1st October 2014
- Saturday 1st November 2014
- Monday 1st – Saturday 6th December 2014
Sunday 7th December 2014 Prayer For North Korea Day
Let 2014 be the year of the Lord’s favour for the people of North Korea.
“The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” Psalm 33 : 10-11
|Population: 24 million.Ideology: Juche – an ideology of self-reliance.UN estimates 16 million require food aid.North Korea is the world’s most militarised society with over 9 million in the military (including reserves). It has nuclear weapons.|
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Gruesome details of the execution of North Korea’s second-most powerful politician [Jang Song Thaek] have emerged in a Hong Kong newspaper that says he was mauled to death by dogs…the newspaper says that he was thrown into a cage, naked, alongside his five closest associates, before being set upon by 120 starving hounds…[Kim Jong-un] is said to have observed the proceedings with several hundred North Korean officials…[This form of execution] is consistent with how North Korean guards might typically deal with economic migrants caught crossing the border to China.
A panel of experts mandated by the UN’s Human Rights Council said North Koreans had suffered “unspeakable atrocities”, and that those responsible, including leader Kim Jong-un, must face justice. The panel heard evidence of torture, political repression and other crimes. Testimony given to the panel from defectors included an account of a woman forced to drown her own baby, children imprisoned from birth and starved, and families tortured for watching a foreign soap opera. Michael Kirby, chairman of the independent Commission of Inquiry, said, “Too many times in this building there are reports and no action. Well this is a time for action.” The BBC’s Imogen Foulkes in Geneva says the report is one of the most detailed and devastating ever published by the United Nations.
I went to see the film THE BOOK THIEF last night. It’s a story of people living their lives under the intolerable burden of an evil regime. I was struck by how trapped these people were by their circumstances. They had to keep secrets, they could not express their thoughts or feelings and they had little choice in their actions. These people’s lives were dominated by the constant fear of betrayal and violence. They were human beings living under a shadow with no obvious way out. It made me think that this must be how the millions of North Koreans have lived for decades, and continue to live today. If you have not done so already, please join me in my prayer campaign in 2014 for the people of North Korea.
John Everard, a former UK ambassador to North Korea between 2006 and 2008 and who later worked for the UN on implementing sanctions against Pyongyang, told the BBC Newsnight programme that there were direct parallels between North Korea and Nazi Germany.
About 2,000 North Koreans try to escape each year. Not all of those who are caught commit suicide, or try to. Some submit to concentration camps in the hope of trying to escape again. Some go to the camps without that hope, because their legs have been broken. A few are paraded in front of TV cameras thanking the regime for its mercy, but senior escapees are usually shot, and their extended families are executed or imprisoned for good measure. In these circumstances, suicide can seem the least bad option…
…the real centre of power behind the Kim dynasty is not the army, as most South Korean experts maintain, but a shadowy umbrella agency known as the Organisation and Guidance Department (OGD), which controls Kim Jong-un rather than being controlled by him…
…Sometimes it seems as if the relative smallness of North Korea is intensifying the mad, collective torture there. There’s nowhere to be normal. There are no geographical safety valves, no borders too long to police on a shoot-to-kill basis. It’s one big prison in which the psychopaths have taken over.
For my first prayer/fast day on the 2nd June 2014 I found my daily Bible reading came from Psalm 94 which seemed apt.
“1 The LORD is a God who avenges. O God who avenges, shine forth. 2 Rise up, Judge of the earth; pay back to the proud what they deserve. 3 How long, LORD, will the wicked, how long will the wicked be jubilant? 4 They pour out arrogant words; all the evildoers are full of boasting. 5 They crush your people, LORD; they oppress your inheritance. 6 They slay the widow and the foreigner; they murder the fatherless. 7 They say, ‘The LORD does not see; the God of Jacob takes no notice.’ 8 Take notice, you senseless ones among the people; you fools, when will you become wise? 9 Does he who fashioned the ear not hear? Does he who formed the eye not see? 10 Does he who disciplines nations not punish? Does he who teaches mankind lack knowledge? 11 The LORD knows all human plans; he knows that they are futile. 12 Blessed is the one you discipline, LORD, the one you teach from your law; 13 you grant them relief from days of trouble, till a pit is dug for the wicked. 14 For the LORD will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance. 15 Judgment will again be founded on righteousness, and all the upright in heart will follow it. 16 Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for me against evildoers? 17 Unless the LORD had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death. 18 When I said, ‘My foot is slipping,’ your unfailing love, LORD, supported me. 19 When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. 20 Can a corrupt throne be allied with you – a throne that brings on misery by its decrees? 21 The wicked band together against the righteous and condemn the innocent to death. 22 But the LORD has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge. 23 He will repay them for their sins and destroy them for their wickedness; the LORD our God will destroy them.”