I know it sounds like an April Fools’ headline. But it is not. On March 30, MSNBC host Craig Melvin asked Rev. T. D. Jakes to pray for America in the midst of the coronavirus scare. Melvin even bowed his head as Jakes prayed. This is a sign of the times. Americans are turning to God.
And note this: Jakes prayed in Christ’s Name. On live, national TV. On MSNBC. Did I say this was not April Fools?
Melvin said, “For folks who aren’t able to get to church yesterday, I’ve never actually done this on the air. Can you lead us in prayer for 30 seconds?”
These are unprecedented times, and even TV hosts are doing unprecedented things.
Jakes responded immediately with this prayer: “Our Father and our God, we bow our heads to you in humility, understanding that we are not competent in and of ourselves to handle this kind of global calamity. We look to You, Lord, to be the source, the strength, the help, the light that we need. Strengthen our first responders, strengthen even our broadcast people, strengthen all of us whose lives have been devastated and disrupted and give us the peace that passes all understanding. In Christ’s Name we pray, Amen.”
Yes, this happened live on MSNBC.
In keeping with this, the Drudge Report carried the headline, “AMERICANS TURNING TO PRAYER,” linked to a Pew Research article that shared the results of Pew’s latest survey.
The survey indicated that “the coronavirus outbreak is having profound impacts on the personal lives of Americans in a variety of ways. Nearly 9 in 10 U.S. adults say their life has changed at least a little as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, including 44% who say their life has changed in a major way.”
Not only so, but the virus “also has impacted Americans’ religious behaviors. More than half of all U.S. adults (55%) say they have prayed for an end to the spread of coronavirus. Large majorities of Americans who pray daily (86%) and of U.S. Christians (73%) have taken to prayer during the outbreak—but so have some who say they seldom or never pray and people who say they do not belong to any religion (15% and 24%, respectively).”
Indeed, “Religious ‘nones’—especially self-described atheists and agnostics—are less likely than those who identify with a religion to say they have prayed for an end to the outbreak, though 36% of those who describe their religion as ‘nothing in particular’ say they have prayed about the virus.”
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SOURCE: Charisma News