The Light is Dawning on North Korea
As President Trump and his administration finalize plans for a historic summit with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, Christians worldwide are rejoicing in the news that three American detainees have been released and are back home in the United States.
This positive gesture of goodwill comes following U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s summit planning meetings with Kim this week. Pompeo and the three former captives arrived at Andrews Air Force Base at 2amEST today.
ABC News reports the hostages Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Kim Sang Duk, who is also known as Tony Kim, had been detained in North Korea for more than a year. Chul, a South-Korean-born U.S. businessman and pastor, was arrested in October 2015 and sentenced to 10 years of hard labor. Thousands of Christians have been praying for their release.
Historic Summit Set between President Trump and Kim Jong Un
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President Trump announced on Twitter that the highly anticipated meeting between himself and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take place on June 12 in Singapore.
No sitting U.S. President has ever met with a North Korean leader; before his recent meeting with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in, Kim Jong Un had never met with another head of state from anywhere in the world.
“For decades, we have been adversaries. Now we are hopeful that we can work together to resolve this conflict,” said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “There’s still a lot of work to do to achieve our ultimate goal,” he acknowledged, referring to what the United States has called a complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. “There are many challenges along the way.”
It’s imperative that we continue to pray for the planning and success of this crucial meeting.
Negotiations Between North and South Korea Will End Nearly 70 Years of War and Lead to Reunited Families
Since the Korean War, no North Korean leader has crossed the border into South Korea until Kim Jong Un took that step just days ago to warmly shake hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The leaders embraced, laughed, and smiled like old friends.
In a joint statement at their summit meeting, the two leaders declared “There will be no more war on the Korean peninsula, and a new age of peace has begun.” They also agreed to set up reunions with families that have been divided since the Korean War started in 1950.
Fasting and Prayer Bring Forth a Breaking of the Dawn
What most media outlets didn’t notice is that Christians in South Korea had been fasting and praying for the peace summit. In Paju, a city south of the North Korean border, pastors held an all-night vigil; and a group of Christian politicians joined together for a fasting and prayer event in the National Assembly buildings in Seoul.
Between January 1 and 5, 2018, 2000 pastors gathered at a Christian conference in Seoul, South Korea. Among the speakers were Chuck Pierce, Lou Engle, and Bill Johnson. Lou urged the pastors to go on a 40-day fast for the unification of the two countries and for the war to end.
At the time of this conference, the tension was high between President Trump and Kim Jong Un. However, near the end of this 40-day prayer and fasting period, a dramatic shift started to occur throughout the region.
South Koreans have been in desperate prayer for a time such as we see breaking forth in Korea. North Korea’s persecuted Christians have been praying for this moment—for years.
Before long, the churches of South Korea will freely send teams into the North with food, medicine and the message of Christ. “Like a patient in a coma, North Korea will awaken. The world will watch a national transformation. We are witnessing the greatest display of God’s sovereign power over nations since the Berlin Wall fell.” (Charisma News).
Is this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
(Isaiah 58: 6, 8-9)
- Heavenly Father, we thank YOU for North Korea’s release of our three American prisoners and for the successful meeting of Secretary of State Mike Pomeo with Kim Jong Un.
- Lord, we pray that nothing will hinder the plans underway for the summit meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un on June 12. Guard over and protect the planning process.
- Lord, we pray for President Trump and ask that YOU will give him and his advisors divine wisdom as they all prepare for this historic meeting. May YOUR Holy Spirit be his mouthpiece in conveying YOUR will to Kim Jong Un.
- We pray in advance for the summit to be successful. We ask that a firm commitment will be made to denuclearize the Korean peninsula for the safety of the surrounding countries and the world at large.
- We set ourselves in agreement with the praying Christians of North and South Korea. We pray for a peaceful resolution and unification to come about between the two countries. Tear down all walls of division – physically, culturally and spiritually. Thank you for the many joyful times ahead as families are reunited with one another.
- Continue to do YOUR work, Heavenly Father, in Kim Jong Un. We pray that his words are not just pretense, but that his heart truly is softening and that he desires to bring about a new day of freedom for the people of his country. May Kim Jong Un come to find and accept what it was that led his great-grandfather to proclaim the gospel as a missionary, and that is YOU.
- In JESUS name, we bind the work of the enemy that has held the people of North Korea captive under cruel leadership. We ask that the doors will open for the Gospel to be proclaimed throughout the country and that thousands upon thousands would come to a saving knowledge of your grace and gift of life eternal.
- News Staff, “President Trump Tweets Good News: Secretary of State Pompeo is Returning from North Korea with 3 American Detainees,” CBN News, May 9, 2018.
- Oren Dorell, “Trump-North Korea summit: Details get more complicated by the day,” USA Today, May 9, 2018.
- J. Lee Grady-Opinion, “Commentary: North Korea Will Open Its Doors to Christianity,” Charisma News, May 9, 2018
- Jessilyn Justice, “From Franklin Graham to Greg Laurie, Christian Leaders Praise North Korea’s Hostage Release,” Charisma News, May 9, 2018.
- Lankov, Andrei (2011-08-17). “Kim Il-sung: disastrous founder of communist N. Korea“. Korea Times. Retrieved 2016-08-02.