Pray for North Korea (and the US)
Pray for North Korea (and the US)
Though God in the Bible sometimes speaks to people through dreams, I am convinced that most dreams aren’t from God. Beyond that, many dreams are confusing. Take the dream I dreamt last night (as I write this.)
I dreamt I was in North Korea (highly unlikely) and that I was meeting with some of their leaders (much more unlikely). At the start of the dream I was swimming in the water, and one of the leaders, maybe the current leader Kim Jong Un, may have been swimming behind me. Crazy, huh? Then at one point the leader became an older man (more mature?), and then maybe at the end of the dream a younger woman was the leader. (Didn’t I tell you dreams are confusing?) At some point I was quoting some Bible verses to the North Koreans, and they (especially the older man), was smiling. They were familiar with the verses and actually finished each one. But they had been waiting to see if I would really live out the verses.
Now I wouldn’t mention this dream, whose details are quite muddled in my memory, if it weren’t for the fact that I awoke with, by contrast, a very clear feeling which was not at all muddled. As I awoke I felt great peace, love for North Korea, and hope! I also felt an urge to pray for North Korea (and the US.) Maybe God had nothing to do with the rest of the dream, but I believe that the feelings of love for North Korea and a desire to pray for it—were from Him.
Until I had this dream the main feelings I had about North Korea were fear (of a conflict with them that would probably kill many people on all sides) and also worry and apprehension. But after this dream I felt peace and also the love of Jesus for them.
Well, was God speaking through this dream? I don’t know. What we do know is that God speaks in His Word--Scripture. So what does scripture say?
In Matthew 5:44 Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” Jesus says the same thing at Luke 6:27, and then he goes on to say:
“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”
Isaiah 9:6, a verse we often read at this time of year, says, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” All true peace comes from Jesus the Lord and King.
Last week I quoted a verse from the song, “This is My Father’s World.” The verse says, “Though the wrong be oft so strong, God is the Ruler yet!” Psalm 122:6 says, “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem,” but did you know that Pyongyang, the capital of today’s North Korea was once called the “Jerusalem of the East”? Yes. Read this quote from Providence Magazine, July 2016: “The Great Pyongyang Revival of 1907 became nationwide as inspired converts spread word of it throughout Korea. By 1910, Pyongyang and its surrounding region counted 60,736 Christians in the Presbyterian Church alone. They made the Pyongyang region the most heavily Christian in Korea.”
So pray for Jerusalem as Psalm 122 says, but also pray for Pyongyang, “the Jerusalem of the East,” and also for Washington, DC. Pray for Jesus to be mightily revealed! Pray that the hearts of the nations would be changed. Pray that ancient seeds of the gospel will grow. Pray that Jesus will be miraculously revealed, and that many may know Jesus as Savior, Lord, and Prince of Peace.
Winfield Casey Jones is a retired pastor and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.These columns also appear in the Pearland and Friendswood Reporter News.