I recall Brother Andrew declaring two or three years ago that he expected things to change dramatically in North Korea. “Our prayers can go where we cannot. There are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.” Continue reading
A garment of praise instead of a spirit of heaviness and despair . . . (Is. 61:3)
I wrote Clean Air with a view to bringing a touch of the Lord’s freedom and fragrance wherever a spirit of heaviness and oppression is predominating. I had in mind personal, family, business and even church situations – but why not for nations too? Continue reading
Jonathan Welton recently had a dream in which he saw three immensely strong demons whispering in the ear of Kim Jong-Un, the North Korean dictator. These demons all had names beginning with the letter A: Arrogance, Autarch (which means absolute supreme ruler) and Ancestral momentum. All three were pressing in on King Jong-Un, seeking to goad him into action.
In the dream Continue reading
Can a land be born in one day or a nation be delivered in an instant? (Isaiah 66:8)
Will God break through for North Korea – or will things merely progress still further along the lines they are currently doing, heading towards ever greater mess, suffering and even destruction? We certainly can’t afford to be naive or presumptuous but there are stories and examples we can take heart from to fuel our prayers . . .Think how swiftly things changed just after the Second World War, for instance, when Israel again became its own nation. Continue reading
The Lord wants us to see this huge crisis from a spiritual perspective rather than just a worldly one. We know that the enemy is trying to precipitate war – but the Lord is longing to wage peace and to bring revival to North Korea.
We are praying here for more than a downscaling of tension, more even than the spiritual humbling of one man: we are praying for the work of God in the whole of the ruling power elite in North Korea – and the future of the work of the Kingdom on the peninsula. Continue reading
In a laudable act of entente cordiale between countries once at war, precision engineers sheared their respective ways from Calais and Folkestone to build their underground causeway, meeting in the middle exactly where they should. But how do we fare when folks pick up stones to mock and denounce our every move? Do we find ways to set up blocks – or do we look for ways to clear whatever is blocking the pathways of our heart?
From your perspective it is so very easy to hold your present view. Who on earth could dispute the facts or unpick your logic? But could it be that you may have not allowed for this one deeper thing: the Lord is at work at both ends! Continue reading
Making Friday September 8th a day to focus in prayer for the nation and on wider concerns
It is only a few weeks since we played an active part in supporting a day of prayer and worship for the nation, but another call for such a day of prayer has been sent out. I am obviously out of the country myself on this date, but it is important to keep the sequence and rhythm of wider prayer going. I will be seeking to make it as much a day of prayer for France as for England! Continue reading
As Abbot of Bec, Anselm wrote a great deal while he was directing the growing community at Bec Hellouin in the late eleventh century, which rose to become one of the leading centres of intellectual and spiritual thought in medieval Europe. He managed to combine those demanding roles with an extensive correspondence with rulers and nobles all over Europe as their spiritual adviser and counsellor. Continue reading