Open Doors is a charity that works to support Christians around the world who are persecuted for their faith. Each year, they put together a list of the 50 hardest countries in which to be a Christian. The number one place on this list has been held, for many years, by North Korea.
In North Korea, Christianity is outlawed as everyone is expected to worship the countries leaders as Gods. Bibles are illegal and anyone found to be practicing Christianity is sent to a concentration camp to endure physical labour, torture and “re-education”.
Yet, there are still many secret churches across the country – people reading the Bible and coming together to worship God in secret!
So how can we pray for North Korea? Here are 4 ways that Open Doors have suggested that we can pray for North Korea:
Pray for Kim Jong Un
Whilst it can seem strange, and counter-intuitive, we can pray for Kim Jong Un and the team around him, that they will come to know God, that they will release those held captive and act with compassion and mercy. We can ask that God will change their hearts and lead the country towards equality and peace. This would make such a difference to all those Christians living in North Korea!
Pray for those in prison camps across North Korea
Those held captive are in great need of our prayers each day. They face unimaginable living condition and gruelling labour each day. Many die each day from illness, exhaustion and malnutrition. We need to ask God that he will protect them, comfort them and encourage them to continue their worship, sharing their faith and trusting in him. In such dark times, these prisoners desperately need our prayers.
Pray for secret Christians living in North Korea
As well as Christians living in captivity, there are Christians across North Korea who are constantly living in fear for their lives. Fear that they will be discovered to be reading the Bible or worshipping God. With such high stakes, Christians in North Korea dare not even tell their family of their faith and many bury their Bibles in order to keep them hidden. We pray for all these people, that they may continue to worship and study the Bible, that they will be able to build community in secret and come together in God’s name. We ask that God will protect them and keep them from harm.
Pray for those who smuggle hope!
Open Doors have a number of secret networks across North Korea, smuggling in Bible’s so that secret Christians are able to access the word of God! We pray that God will keep each of these people safe and direct them to where God wants them to be. We also pray that more people will be able to take on this role, so that Open Doors can reach as many people as possible in this country!
Open Doors is a fantastic charity who make such a difference in the lives of so many people. To find out more about their work, and how you can get involved, check out their website at www.opendoorsuk.org