Remember The Prisoners (Part 4)

What are the reasons Christians are imprisoned in North Korea, China, and other countries?

The logical answers: evil governments.

What’s the answer to setting these Christian prisoners free?

Once again, logic dictates that the evil governments must be toppled, but is it really that simple?

From a military viewpoint, our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have largely been successes. The Taliban armies and the Iraqi armies have been defeated on the battlefields. Both evil governments were then replaced with democratic ones and the citizens are now allowed to choose their own destinies.

Yet, would you consider the people in these two nations liberated so that they can enjoy their futures in peace? No, absolutely not.

In fact, when America leaves Afghanistan and Iraq, both nations may face civil wars, infighting, and good chances of evil governments being placed back in power again. Both nations could easily end up resembling Vietnam after we pulled out in 1974 – bloody messes, with the people suffering more than ever.


Those who see you [Lucifer or Satan] will gaze at you, they will ponder over you, saying, “Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms, who made the world like a wilderness and overthrew its cities, who did not allow his prisoners to go home?” (Isaiah 14:16-17)

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 5:12)

All earthly governments and people are influenced by the god of this world – Satan – and his governmental hierarchies. Although earthly governments can be toppled by humans (as in the cases of Afghanistan and Iraq), Satan’s government cannot be removed by human efforts. Only Jesus can remove Satan’s government when He returns to rule His earthly kingdom.

Thus, the governments of Afghanistan and Iraq have been changed here on earth, but Satan and his governing hierarchy are still in power over the two nations and nothing has been done to lessen the powers of Satan. Therefore, little will change for the citizens as they will still live under these cruel demonic masters.

What needs to be done to set Christian prisoners and all of the people free in North Korea, China, Afghanistan, Iraq, and wherever?

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. (Proverbs 14:34)

Righteousness must displace evil in order to have an effect on Satan and his government’s ruling power on citizens of a nation. The more righteousness and godliness in a nation, the less influence Satan and his evil have on the nation.

So, I suggest the following prayer for North Korea, China, Afghanistan, Iraq, and all nations where Christianity and freedom are suppressed:

Lord, we ask You to open up the heavens, and pour out Your righteousness on North Korea, China, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Let these nations open wide so salvation and righteousness can sprout up together in these nations. (Taken from Isaiah 45:8)


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11 responses to “Remember The Prisoners (Part 4)

  1. God must be telling us both the same thing.

  2. Oh, you are right on. Thanks for expressing my very thoughts on the subject.

  3. Naphtali and Solveig,

    Thanks. It always makes me feel better when God speaks the same thing to other believers.

  4. In the case of China, our prayers are being answered as we pray. China has one of the fastest growth of underground churches and converts to Christ in the world–far outpacing the growth of churches and new Christians in America. This is not covered in the news media, but our sources report that hundreds of thousands of people are committing their lives to Christ in China, India, Africa, and many Third World countries each year–and are suffering persecution for their new faith. Even in Muslim countries, many Muslims are coming to Christ through miraculous means, quite often by Christ appearing to them in dreams. Some day these tyrannical governments will fall!

  5. Derrick,

    Thanks for your input. I remember reading “God’s Smuggler” many years ago and wondering if God would ever really touch China. And now, as you’ve mentioned, China is turning into an evangelistic gem.

  6. Keep writing, Larry. You have a gift and a story to tell that needs to be told. May God show favor on your and your family.

  7. I love the confirmations you got on this one! 🙂 Joining you in prayer. God bless you and thank you for fulfilling your calling.

  8. Linda

    Thank you for the heartfelt prayer, Larry. It’s so complicated I need guidance to pray in agreement with Christian friends. I was talking to some friends about North Korea and they didn’t even know there was a problem. So tragic…

  9. Bill Sheridan,

    Thanks. You have always been blessing to my family and me.

  10. Debbie,

    Thanks for encouraging me as always.

  11. Linda,

    Thanks for your honesty. Most Christians do not know there’s a problem in North Korea and that’s really sad.

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