"Prayer is the Only Solution"

Feb 14, 2003 01:55 PM EST

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The president of the Baptist World Alliance preaches as guest speaker during a chapel service at the North American Mission Board. Billy Kim, world renowned evangelist and pastor emphasizes the importance of prayer in the American society.

The United States have been blessed supernaturally with unrivaled prosperity and worldwide influence, started Kim, nevertheless, there remains “sin on every hand.” He then pointed to fervent prayer as the only solution.

"Christians of this nation must get on their knees [and pray] that God would bring revival to this nation," he said. "There's no other answer in our world today. We need men of God and women to pray that God will give wisdom to President Bush and all of his staff members to solve the problems that we face today."

"Pray for your country, pray for your president, pray for your military. Without prayer there would be no revival," said Kim, as he gazed at the audience.

He emphasized the role that prayer has taken on Korean churches. Daily prayer meetings at 5 a.m. are routine, said Kim, who pastors the Central Baptist Church in Seoul.

"Today we organize instead of agonize on our knees before God," he said.

He noted the example of fellow pastor David Yongi Cho, who leads the Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul. Cho, and many of his congregants, commit five hours to prayer each day, said Kim.

"I have no argument when a man prays five hours a day. Whether he's uneducated or educated, God will begin to use that person," Kim said.

Pastor Kim also noted the recent pro-American rally held in Seoul. In the midst of the frequent anti-American protests in Korea, Kim and several others arranged the pro-war rally to pray for the two nations.

Christians in Korea even now are lifting up the United States in prayer during a period when both nations are facing the prospect of war, the pastor said.

"Recently, many anti-American demonstrations took place in Seoul, so some of us got together, 100,000 met at the Seoul City Plaza, and we prayed for America," Kim said. "We had a pro-America rally. That was a wonderful time for our people to get together, united, praying for the United States as well as South Korea."

"You know, we live in a terrible world," Kim said. "We don't know what's going to happen. But I am sure who holds the future. It's the mighty hand of God."

By Pauline C.