Day 1: The Founder

It is impossible to walk into any home, business or government office in North Korea and not see a large imposing picture of Kim Il Sung, the founder of North Korea.

He led the country for 45 long years before his death in 1994. It is believed that Kim Il Sung will forever be the eternal leader for the North Korean people. After his death, there were about three years of extreme mourning. The country did not even have an official president during these years of mourning. In 1998, it was written into the constitution that Kim Il Sung would forever be the eternal president of the North Korean people.

Kim Il Sung will forever be remembered as the man who brought Communism to the Korean peninsula, but it should also be remembered that he was not brought up as a Communist. As a young boy he was brought up in a Christian home, faithfully attended a Presbyterian church, played the organ during worship service, lived in a Methodist school dorm in China’s Jilin Province, and was aided by the donations of Christians from around the world.

His grandfather was a pastor, and his father was an elder in the church who had even served as a missionary among the Chinese underground house church movement. His mother, whose father was a pastor, had strong roots in Christianity and raised her children in the church. In fact, the main church in Pyongyang has been named after her.

So, as you begin this 30 days of prayer for North Korea, keep in mind that the founder knew the truth about Jesus Christ and willingly decided to sadly create a country that severely persecutes anyone who follows the same God as his mother, father, and grandfather. Kim Il Sung, knowing the Truth and Light of Jesus Christ, did not just build a nation against Him, but built a personality that would resist Him even in his death. Kim made an idol of himself to the people, because he believed (as tyrants have throughout time), that he was the highest law.

He once said, “My God is none other than the people. Only the popular masses are omniscient and omnipotent and almighty on earth. Therefore, my lifetime motto is: “The People are my god.”

But if the people were god and he was the leader of the people – then he was the god among gods and as a god, there must be no higher power than him. There must be no higher law than him. Jesus, the God of his grandfather and mother, could not be allowed to remain as a challenge to Kim’s own power.

Prayer Points:

  • North Koreans are living in extreme darkness and look to their founder Kim Il Sung to help them.
  • The founder of North Korea propped himself up as a god for the people to follow and worship.
  • The people of North Korea need to know that Christ died for them and is the only living God. Unlike Kim Il Sung, He has not abandoned them. He never stopped loving them. He hasn’t forgotten them and He will return again for them.

Today’s Scripture Reading:

Psalms 45:6
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The scepter of Your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness.