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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.”

North Korea may the most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian, but not even Kim Jong-Un and his most deadly secret agents can hold back the hand of God. Our prayers make a real difference for our brothers and sisters in North Korea.

We spent a passionate morning praying for just this at our 2015-16 New Year retreat. Amongst those present was someone who had been on a prayer trip to North Korea, and who said that she had felt the Lord’s presence more strongly there than in any other place on earth.

Two avoidable world wars remind us that that we can never take “happy” outcomes for granted on Earth, but God can speak to anyone, and break through into any situation. There is warfare, drama and extreme danger in the situation the world now faces – but here too is the promise of opportunity: a handle to lay hold of in prayer.

Let’s pray for the work of the Spirit in turning Kim Jong-Un from wilful aggression to loving and serving his people. It is part of Isaiah’s great vision for changing hate and the weapons of war into love and the instruments of peace (Is. 2:4, cf 32:17-18).