“North Korea is on the top of the list of persecuted nations for the sixth time in a row. The government deals harshly with all opponents, including those who engage in religious practices. A personality cult has been built around the country's leader, Kim Jong-Il, and his late father and founding president, Kim Il-sung. The North Korean population is cut off and isolated from the rest of the world and dependent on the regime for their needs. It is a widespread North Korean perception that Christianity is "a bad element" in the socialist country.
The North Korean authorities have brutally persecuted and slaughtered God's people. Christians have been beaten, arrested, tortured, or killed because of their religious beliefs. Our local source estimates the number of underground Christians to be at least 200,000, and it's likely that there are as many as 400,000 to half-a-million believers. At least a quarter of the Christians are imprisoned for their faith in political prison camps, from which people rarely get out of alive. Raids are made regularly, both in North Korea and China, to arrest refugees and those helping them. However, the Christians are brave and they dream of reopening the churches of their forefathers - Open Doors “
We therefore urge you to join us in the GLOBAL DAY OF REPENTANCE AND PRAYER FOR NORTH KOREA.January 14th, 2009 is the 102nd anniversary of the Great Pyongyang Revival, the most important Christian revival in Korean history and foundation for the profound growth of the Korean Church, which took place in what is now known as North Korea. The revival was a movement of repentance and began with a deep conviction and acute awareness of sin, the confession of sin and crying out to our Lord in utter repentance. As a result of this movement of repentance the Holy Spirit came down in a powerful way and the Korean Church grew and became fruitful.
The following repentance/prayer points have been translated into several languages, please visit www.globaljusticeprayernetwork.com and/or contact us at [email protected] to obtain them in your language. Thank you so much for your participation!
Global Day of Repentance for North Korea: January 14th, 2009
For the genocide which has continued unrestrained for over half a century, we mourn and repent. (Matthew 25:31-46)
For the millions who have been murdered through starvation, torture and execution; we mourn and repent. (Proverbs 24:11-12)
For the millions of North Korean families who have been torn apart and bereaved, we mourn and repent. (Matthew 18:1-14)
For slavery, brutality and all atrocities committed against North Korean men, women and children; we mourn and repent. (Isaiah 58:6-12)
For our failure as the Worldwide Body of Christ to intercede for them and intervene, we mourn and repent. (Amos 5:21-24)
For our failure to love our North Korean brothers and sisters as Christ has loved us, we mourn and repent. (1 John 3:16-18)
For fear, un-forgiveness, pride and lack of faith; we mourn and repent. (Habakkuk 2:4)
For the sins of our forefathers and the sins of the nations which resulted in a divided and fallen Korea, we mourn and repent. (Matthew 12:25)
For the sins of our generation: our dividedness, corruption and disobedience; we mourn and repent, (Acts 3:19)
And unite in fasting, intercession and a broken and contrite spirit for a Global Day of Repentance for North Korea on this 14th day of January, 2009 (Joel 2:12-27); the 102nd anniversary of the Great Pyongyang Revival, the most important Christian revival in Korean history which took place in what is today known as North Korea. (Hosea 10:12)
As believers from northern Korea tarried before the Lord in repentance, prayer and confession of sin into the deep watches of the night, we also set apart 7PM-2AM as a time of global repentance and intercession for the complete healing and release of the North Korean people to fulfill God's eternal purpose and redemptive plan. (Isaiah 42:6-7)
Topics for Repentance:
China: Repentance for China's forcible repatriation of North Korean refugees and brutal maltreatment of North Koreans; intercession for the liberation, salvation and vindication of all North Koreans in China; repentance for China’s persecution of the Church; intercession for the strengthening, revival and multiplication of the Chinese Church; intercession for the salvation of all members of the Chinese government (1 Timothy 2:1-4) and the persecutors of the Church (Matthew 5:44, Acts 9:1-22); united prayer for God's forgiveness, healing and revival of China. (Psalm 2:7-9)
Japan: Repentance for Japanese Occupation of Korea (1910-1945); intercession for complete reconciliation between Japanese and Koreans; repentance for Japan’s hostility towards the Gospel; intercession for the strengthening, revival and multiplication of the Japanese Church; intercession for Japan’s government leaders; united prayer for God's forgiveness, healing and revival of Japan. (Ephesians 2:14-18)
Russia: Repentance for Soviet influence in the Korean War (1950-1953), training of Kim Il Sung and role in the formation of the atheist North Korean state (1948 - Present); intercession for the love, truth and power of Jesus Christ to be revealed to all North Koreans; repentance for Soviet persecution of the Church; intercession for the strengthening, revival and multiplication of the Russian Church; intercession for Russia’s government leaders; united prayer for God's forgiveness, healing and revival of Russia. (Isaiah 45:8)
United States: Repentance for the U.S. division of Korea (August 10th, 1945); intercession for the healing and unification of Korea through Jesus Christ; repentance for the individualism, self-centeredness and pride that has blinded and stifled much of the American Church; intercession for the strengthening, revival and multiplication of the American Church; intercession for America’s government leaders; united prayer for God's forgiveness, healing and revival of America. (Ezekiel 37:22)
South: Repentance for South Korea's prejudice, lack of love and compassion, un-forgiveness, fear and misunderstanding towards Koreans from the north; intercession for God to awaken and empower Koreans from the south to love, have compassion and embrace Koreans from the north; repentance for the materialism, greed and worldliness that has corrupted and stifled much of the South Korean Church; intercession for the Korean Church to become one in repentance, prayer and sacrificial love for their North Korean brothers and sisters; intercession for South Korea’s government leaders; united prayer for God's forgiveness, healing and revival of Korea as one. (John 13:34-35)
North: Repentance for the genocide, brutality, oppression, idolatry, atheism, injustice and immeasurable suffering; intercession for the liberation, health and salvation of all North Korean people; intercession for the re-unification and healing of all North Korean families and loved ones; repentance for North Korea’s persecution of the Church; intercession for the strengthening, revival and multiplication of the North Korean Church; intercession for the salvation of all members of the North Korean government and persecutors of the Church; intercession for the fulfillment of God's redemptive purpose and great destiny for North Koreans; united prayer for God's forgiveness, healing and revival of Korea as one. (Psalm 126)
Global Church: Repentance for division and disunity (John 17), corruption/worldliness (1 John 2:15-17), faithlessness (Mark 11:22-24), idolatry (Exodus 20:3), failure to intercede (Luke 18:7-8), failure to act (Luke 16:19-31), failure to love (John 15:12-13), failure to take up the cross (Luke 14:27-33), disobedience (Luke 24:46-47); intercession for the restoration and revival of the Global Church (Haggai 2:6-9); united prayer for the fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ (Isaiah 51:9-11).
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Vision Concerning Korea (from the book “God Loves North Korea” by David E. Ross)
“… on February 24, 1979, God showed me a vision of the Korean peninsula. North Korea was like a hollow, very dry bone; South Korea like a large persimmon, but it was rotten. There were dust clouds covering the DMZ. God showed that South Korea had borne much fruit, but it was rotting because Christians there were not interceding for the whole nation, especially for North Korea, whom they considered to be the enemy. God showed that Christians saw North Korea as Satan’s territory. Christians were intimidated by Satan, and did not believe that God could bring revival to the north. But God declared that even though North Korea was a hollow, very dry bone, yet it had been the “mother” of South Korea’s fruitfulness, and that we should pray to God realizing that He is unlimited, that it is easy for Him to accomplish His purposes in North Korea. But we must pray not only asking God to send His heavenly hosts to revive North Korea, but also first we must repent of our own rottenness of disobedience. Then we will be emboldened to pray as Ezekiel for the Lord to put His Holy Spirit into the dry bones and bring life. Then God showed me a large tree over both South and North Korea. The roots of the tree were in the sea – which is the water of the Holy Spirit – and in the land – which is the soil of the Word of God. God revealed that He would send a great revival that would encompass the entire Korean peninsula. The tree was loaded with fruit which was being shaken off into Japan, China, all over Russia particularly the eastern area, into Alaska and as far as the South Sea Islands. In recent years God has made it clear that Christians worldwide are called to intercede for His people in North Korea, and that His entire Church, both East and West, must repent of the sin of prayerlessness and begin to intercede for God’s mighty work of revival and restoration on the Korean peninsula. As the Church worldwide repents of our many sins against God’s people in Korea, both North and South, God will once again show His face to His precious people and use them mightily, as one people, in world evangelization.”
Camp Luther 1998