How are you? Hope you had or are having a good day, today? We're celebrating Lunar New Year in Korea, soon.
In November last year, I read a series of the book, The Ambassador of God. It was written by one of the elders in my Korean church and he used to serve the nation as an ambassador to China and as a minister of the Department of North & South Korea Reunification, before retirement. I used to watch some of his testimonies in YouTube and found them so interesting and encouraging and found him an amusing speaker. Then, one day in November last year, I took a nap on the sofa and in the middle of the nap, somehow the name of the elder and author came into my mind and I felt the Lord wants me to read his books. Though I listened to many of his testimonies in YouTube, I felt the books would have different impact so that I ordered his books.
The author’s late mother was a faithful Christian, but he stopped going to church since he went to the university. And he married an unbeliever and her family had the Buddhist background. But, later, the author and his wife became Christians and the author had a really remarkable experience. He was baptized with the Holy Spirit, while he was on the phone. Later, he couldn’t drink alcohol at all, as even one sip of alcohol made him vomit. He actually received the prophecy from a Christian lady that he would never drink alcohol again and he would ask the Lord for every single matter and He would answer him. So, his story was like the stories of Joseph and Daniel who served the kings of the nations as God’s ambassador. And just like David, the author asked the Lord what he should do or whether he would do something or not. And He answered him. Not only He answered him, but He gave His Words to those he interceded for. Each time, the author wrote down the Words He gave and delivered them when he met them in person. The recipients were moved into tears or were in awe, as His Words gave them assurance that He watches over them and He cares for them.
While I was reading the first book of the series, I moved into tears and I repented. I said to the Lord, “Father, I’m sorry that I’ve been lazy in intercession. Though You gave me the gift of the tongues, I’ve been lately so lazy. Please forgive me and wake me up early in the morning. I’d like to intercede.”
Not only that, but I also repented of disliking my President, as he is the leftist. When I read the elder’s book, he shared some of the episodes on two ex-Presidents he served in person. One of them committed suicide after he finished his term and was under investigation. Even during his term, I didn’t like that President, nor respect him. One of the reasons was that he is the leftist. But the author wrote in his book that he would not disclose details, but whenever he interceded for that President, he knew how much God the Father loved him. It really made me repent. The late President was not a believer and he was the leftist. Later, he killed himself. I only criticized him, thinking he lacked in courage so that he killed himself. I never had compassion on him. I had no heart of our Father. He loves everyone, no matter whether he is a believer or whether he is a communist or not. But I didn’t like some of our Presidents, if they are leftists or unbelievers. I complained of them when they were in the office.
So, I repented and started to intercede for the current President. I know his late mother was a Catholic, but I don’t think he believes Jesus so that I prayed for his and his family’s salvation, for his revering the Lord and for the wisdom during his office. Then, I also prayed for one of the former Presidents from the conservative party who was our first female President and was sentenced to 22 years in prison. I prayed for her in the past, reading the prophecy that she already met the Lord in prison, but we should pray against the spirit of suicide over her. And in the recent news, she was reported to be hospitalized for orthopedic treatment. And it said she also met a psychiatrist, as she had some fears. So, I kept her in my prayer. Soon enough, after I started to pray for these Presidents, I watched the breaking news that the current President decided to release her from prison. And it seemed to be his own decision without any discussion with others. So, there seemed to be some negative opinions among the leftist party, the current President’s party.
When I heard the news, I was in awe and said to myself, “Is it because the Lord heard my prayer?” I recalled Derek Prince’s book title “Shaping History through Prayer and Fasting.” I haven’t read it yet, but the book title encouraged me to pray for the nations and their leaders. And now I am more encouraged to pray for our leaders. Actually, I found my heart changed, after repentance and after starting to pray for my President. I don’t dislike him anymore, but feel compassionate, when I see him aging a lot. I think it’s from a lot of stress.
I’d like to encourage you to pray for one another, pray for those who have different opinions or those who give you a hard time and pray for your leaders and the governing authorities. We tend to think miracles are something like healing the sick and casting out demons. I think they are. But praying in the secret closet and seeing your heart changed is also a miracle. And if we pray in His will, we will see our prayers answered in His time.
Have a bliss! Happy Chinese New Year!
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. (Romans 13:1~2)