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Friday’s Prayers for Prisoners (9/5/20014)

 

Each Friday I am praying and fasting for the nations where Christians suffer the worst persecution around the world, as of 2014. This week I pray and fast for:

North Korea. 24.5 million people with only 300,000 Christians in the whole nation.

For the 12th consecutive year, North Korea is the place where Christian persecution is most extreme. The God-like worship of the leader, Kim Jong-Un, and his predecessors leaves no room for any other religion, and Christians face unimaginable pressure in every sphere of life. Forced to meet only in secret, they dare not share their faith even with their families, for fear of imprisonment in a labor camp. Anyone discovered engaging in secret religious activity may be subject to arrest, disappearance, torture, even public execution. (Open Doors, World Watch List)

Today I prayed:

Lord, I remember the 50,000 – 70,000 Christian prisoners in North Korea as though in prison with them and those who are mistreated in North Korea as if I were suffering with them. Break my heart Lord for the people of North Korea in the same way that Your heart is broken for them. (Based on Hebrews 13:3)

Join with me on Fridays to fast and pray for prisoners, according to Hebrews 13:3.

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Friday’s Prayers for Prisoners (5/30/2014)

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A few years ago, I had a vision which demanded a decision.

In it, I visited a dark, smelly prison cell in North Korea. A young Christian woman was the only prisoner there. She had been repeatedly raped, beaten, tormented, and abused. The cell was freezing cold because it was winter time. She wore a tattered, thin dress and had no blankets to protect her from the frigid temperatures. She ate rice husks and was starving to death. A bucket in the corner was her toilet. Rats scampered around her feet.

My level of Christianity could do little to help her. She needed something more than a big smile, a pat on the back, and a “Just trust Jesus ” from me.

As I stood there, the Holy Spirit spoke to me. “Will you trade places with her?”

If the young lady had been standing in front of a firing squad, I would have gladly volunteered without hesitation. I am not afraid of death, but that was not the case.

The horrible conditions paralyzed my tongue.

If I could have, I would have rebooted the vision to anywhere but that rat-infested cell. I wanted to yell, “No. Find someone else to take her place. I will pray for her and give extra money to missionaries, but this it too much to ask from me.”

Somehow, I remembered my words to the Lord on the day He saved me. I asked Him to send me to the places no one else wanted to go to. What could I do?

“I trust You, Lord. I will take her place,” I whispered through sobs.

The vision ended.

Today, I prayed:

Lord, help us American believers to remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since we are also in the body. (Based on Hebrews 13:3)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you?

Join with me on Fridays to fast and pray for prisoners, according to Hebrews 13:3.

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Remember The Prisoners (Part 3)

In 2007, Gallup surveyed adult Americans on their opinions of the Bible. The survey discovered that 31% of Americans believed the Bible was the actual Word of God, to be taken literally; 47% believed it was the inspired Word of God, but not every fact was accurate or needed to be taken as truth; and 19% believed it was ancient fables, legends, and whatever.

Next, decide where you fit in the survey. Are you a part of the 31%? The 47%? Or the 19%?

Obviously, what you decide will determine whether you are a conservative or a more liberal Christian, right?

Now, picture yourself as a prisoner in a filthy prison cell in North Korea. No heat. No air conditioning. No TV. No computer. No Facebook or Twitter or blogs. Little food. Rats. Brutal torture. Sexual molestation. 16 hour work days. No hope of ever being released.

If you view yourself as being a part of the 47% or the 19%, how long do you think your faith would survive under these horrendous conditions?

 

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