Last week, I was amazed and perplexed at the sight of North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, and South Korean President, Moon Jae-in, cordially meeting, even embracing and surprised by a 180 degree turn in relations between these two countries.
Like many, part of me is wondering what Kim Jong-un has up his sleeves. The crazy rhetoric and threats of nuclear annihilation as recently as a few months ago, make me suspicious of this friendly overture towards peace. And yet, part of me hopes that it is real. As a Christian, I know that God is sovereign and that all leaders and nations are under his control. I also know that God can amazingly change hearts and minds. So I hope that what we are seeing is the work of God bringing the beginnings of peace to the Korean peninsula.
While in a sense there is little we can do besides watch it unfold. Our waiting can be fueled with prayer to God who is ultimately in control. Here are some suggestions for how you can pray into this unfolding story:
Pray for wisdom for world leaders. This situation involves not only the two Koreas but also the United States, China, and Russia. Five different countries with different perspectives, agendas, and cultures. Pray that God would grant the leaders and representatives of these countries wisdom to discern and make decisions that would be in the best interest of all.
Pray for the growth, perseverance, and unity of the Korean church. South Korea has a strong and vibrant church. In contrast, North Korea’s Christians are among the most severely persecuted in the world. Pray that each body of believers would represent Christ well in word and deed and that they would be at the forefront of reconciliation.
Pray for the welfare of the North Koreans. The average North Korean experiences unimaginable hardships and privations with shortages of many daily essentials. Malnourishment and starvation are regular problems.
Pray that families would be reunited. Many Korean families have been separated since the Korean War. Pray that the overtures of peace would allow these families to be reunited again.
Pray for the Chinese to step up as a strong and reliable regional leader. The Chinese must balance international pressure to use their influence and their historical ties to North Korea. This is an opportunity for the Chinese to use their position to bring about positive change.
Pray that God would be working in the hearts of the leaders and influencers, not only to seek peace but that God would be drawing these leaders to him.
James 5:16 says, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” There is a lot we can do when we have the ear of the King of Kings. Keep praying!
2 Chronicles 20:6 says, “O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you.”
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