At Prayer Mountain

Jonathan Brownson

READ : Isaiah 56:3–8 These I will bring to my holy mountain. (v. 7) God brings South Koreans to holy mountains. They bring with them their joys and sorrows, praises and petitions to over 700 such mountains throughout the country. Not every prayer center overlooks a picturesque valley. Not every center is even on a mountain. One of the two prayer mountains I visited in Korea was the Gamalsan Prayer Center, founded by Pastor Im. Pastor Im, along with his …

Retain. Record. Relate.

Jonathan Brownson

READ : Luke 8:4–15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. (v. 15 NIV) During one of the last nights of my trip, I woke three times—at 1:30 a.m., 2:20 a.m., and 3:30 a.m. I sensed from God that when I got home from Korea, he wanted me to write a book about my experience. But what should I include …

Daily Corporate Prayer

Jonathan Brownson

READ : Matthew 6:9–13 Give us this day our daily bread. (v. 11) Providentially, I woke up at 5:00 a.m. Michigan time after sleeping for a brief time on our flight from Korea back to the U.S. We still had many hours to go before landing at O’Hare Airport. I sensed that I needed to decide what to do when I got home before I got home. While up in the air, I wanted to nail down my plans. I …

Family Prayer

Jonathan Brownson

READ : Ephesians 3:14–21 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. (vv. 14–15) Do you pray together as a family? I leave home to go to Korea. John Kim, my traveling companion, comes home. The trip for him starts in a cemetery remembering with thanksgiving loved ones planted in that soil. It ends now, on our last day, in a restaurant with his sister. I see …

Stand Firm

Jonathan Brownson

READ : Exodus 17:8–13 . . . that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. (Eph. 6:13) How long can you stand to pray? Most churches in Korea have a rhythm of prayer, a breathing pattern: early morning times of daily prayer and then weekend seasons of more extended prayer (in this case, prayer from 9 to 12 p.m. every Friday night). What can you possibly do for three hours …

Running on Fumes

Jonathan Brownson

READ : 1 Kings 17:8–16 The jar of flour was not spent, neither did the jug of oil become empty. (v. 16) After my host John returns from his hospital visits, he takes us to Daeshin General Assembly Seminary. The night before, at Chongshin Seminary, over 2,000 mostly young men sang hymns with fervent hearts. At Daeshin older, second-career students sing choruses with a praise band. John brings the same message to both groups. In Chongshin, three large screens amplified …