The current nuclear threat from North Korea could impact both Asia and North America, and in effect the entire world. North Korea has fired numerous test missiles this year and dangerous rhetoric has been flung between its leader, Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump.
After North Korea tested what is believed to be a hydrogen bomb on the 3rd of September, South Korea states that it is expecting North Korea to test another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) this Saturday, 9th of September. There is always the risk of a test missile hitting an unintended target, e.g. Japan, South Korea or Guam, a US territory. This could prompt retaliation and war.
The United Nations Security Council met on the 4th of September to discuss the escalating threat and the leaders of several countries directly involved are also having separate talks, but there does not seem to be any consensus as to how this potentially catastrophic threat should be addressed. Rather, there has been disagreement between the countries involved in discussions, of which the key ones are: South Korea, Japan, China, Russia and the USA.
The Psalmist reminds us over and over that the Lord is the one who protects our nations. He is our only security. He is our “strength and shield”, “a fortress of salvation” and hears our cry for mercy (Psalm 28:6-8) so let’s pray accordingly in this tense time.
Let us pray:
- That God would give wisdom and restraint to all the political leaders involved in North Korea, South Korea, Japan, China, Russia and the USA. Pray that there will not be any miscalculations on any side, that could trigger the start of a war.
- That God’s Spirit of love will cast out all fear. That Christians in die mentioned countries and around the world will not be intimidated by or fearful of, a possible nuclear attack.
- That the uncertainty created by the threat from North Korea will make unbelievers everywhere more open to receiving the gospel.
- That Christians globally will be encouraged to pray and actively spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost, which is what our Lord commanded us to do.
Read Background on the Crisis and need to pray urgently on the IPC website
INcontext Ministries also provides an article on the latest North Korean nuclear test