When I awoke this morning the streets were filled with various stories about the historic meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea.
I can remember other such meetings between world leaders that have shaped our history today. I remember when President Nixon went to China in 1972. China was a closed, communist country and had had a history of egregious human rights abuse. President Nixon’s decision and consequent trip paved the way for China to become open to the outside world. Time has proved the wisdom of that meeting.
I did some reading today about when President Ronald Reagan was standing at the Brandenburg Gate of the Berlin Wall, June 12, 1987. The wall that divided communist East Berlin from the West. That day during his speech he challenged Gorbachev, the leader of the Soviet Union, to “Tear down this wall.” As I read this account I found it interesting President Reagan faced so much opposition from his staff, political, and military leaders. Even so, he made a bold and risky decision to challenge Gorbachev. Again, time proved him wise.
I pray today that we have witnessed another world changing decision by two such leaders. North Korea seems so much like East Berlin used to be. Families separated by a wall, who had not seen each other for over twenty years, living only a few blocks apart from one another. It’s much the same in Korea, families have been divided for half a century. In North Korea people live in poverty, starvation and oppression while in South Korea, just a few miles away, they live in prosperity and freedom.
World changers must be willing to risk.
The founders of America risked everything for the freedom they yearned for. The great American diplomat Benjamin Franklin said, “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”
The great Martin Luther King had a dream that cost him his life, but he changed the world.
South Korea is largely a Christian nation. Some of the greatest churches in the world are in South Korea. While in the North there is no freedom of religion. For years now the church has been interceding on behalf of North Korea. Interceding for change, for freedom, for nation-changing revival.
Perhaps the Trump-Kim summit is an answer to those prayers.
I feel that there is a huge war in the spiritual realm over the Korean Peninsula. While losing this war has huge potential casualties in the form of nuclear war, and the continuation of communism in North Korea. The potential gain from winning this war is much greater with millions of North Koreans having, for the first time, the opportunity to live freely.
I challenge the Church of Jesus Christ around the world to pray even more earnestly for the success of this summit.
“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth” (1 Timothy 2:1-3 NIV).
2. Pray for the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un to have a true change of heart and to chart a new history for his country.
“The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the LORD; he guides it wherever he pleases” (Proverbs 21:1 NLT).
3. Pray that the church is prepared to respond with the love and compassion of Jesus Christ when North Korea opens.
When World War II ended the Allied Supreme Commander Douglas MacArthur sent out this word: “Send missionaries,” he pleaded to a number of religious groups, “And Bibles.” As a result of this plea, South Korea received many missionaries and today we see the fruit of their investment. So to must the church today respond when North Korea opens its doors to the world.
Church, let’s keep investing.
Praise Chapel World Conference