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5 ways to pray for North Korea on International Day of Prayer

Megan Stoia
Nov 05, 2022

The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is tomorrow. And this year, we’re focusing on praying for one of the most dangerous countries in the world for Christians: North Korea.

Will you join us in surrounding our brothers and sisters in Christ in prayer on Nov. 6?

Here are five ways you can pray for persecuted Christians in North Korea:

1) Pray for peace in the face of intense persecution (2 Corinthians 1:7-9)

The extreme persecution North Koreans face is far beyond the ability of any person to carry … but we serve a God that is more than willing to take on the burden. Pray that Christians in North Korea find peace by relying on God and not themselves.

2) Pray for the protection of believers (Matthew 26:39)

When North Koreans talk about Jesus, they risk imprisonment, torture, and even death. Pray that the Lord will protect them from these horrors according to His will.

Troop in North Korean military
Pray that persecuted Christians will forgive their oppressors … and that their example will demonstrate the love of Christ

3) Pray that their oppressors will come to know Jesus (Luke 6:27-31)

When someone is caught proclaiming the name of Jesus, their entire family is often taken to a labor camp. Pray that staying true to their faith in these prisons will change the hearts of their oppressors.

4) Pray that the underground church continues to grow (Matthew 10:16-18)

The underground church continues to grow and spread despite the opposition. Pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to give the church wisdom and guidance on how to spread the Gospel secretly throughout all of North Korea.

5) Pray that Christ-followers in North Korea feel God’s presence (Deuteronomy 31:8)

It’s easy for Christians in North Korea to feel isolated when they can’t openly meet with other believers. Pray that these Christ-followers remember that they are never alone and that God knows what they are going through.

Other ways you can help the North Korean church:

Statue of North Korean leader
Pray that North Koreans will learn to put their faith and trust in God instead of government leaders

In addition to praying yourself, you can encourage others to take part in the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, too. World Help has free resources available for you to share with your friends and family.

You’ll find prayer guides for all ages as well as coloring pages for children and Scripture resources for adults. There’s even a bulletin insert for your church.

The final way you can get involved this International Day of Prayer is by giving.

Just $20 is enough to print, ship, and secretly distribute a Bible to a North Korean Christian — plus provide him with a week’s worth of lifesaving food.

North Korea has been experiencing a historic famine over the past few years. On top of that, a COVID-19 outbreak earlier this year led to nationwide lockdowns right in the middle of the farming season, leading to even more people starving.

Your gift of food will be a major answer to prayer … and the Bible you provide will bring tremendous comfort during this difficult time.

Your impact will multiply too.  Since North Korean believers often share their Bibles with trusted family and friends, each copy you give will reach an average of five people!

Thank you for standing with your brothers and sisters in North Korea and the persecuted church around the globe.


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