Pastor Robert Jeffress launches 40-day anti-coronavirus prayer campaign

Pastor Robert Jeffress behind the pulpit at First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. | Courtesy of First Baptist Dallas

Texas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress has launched a 40-day prayer campaign, urging Christians to join him daily to call for an end to the coronavirus pandemic.

Known as “4:01 Challenge, “Compliance encourages people to pray at. 1.4. every day for the next 40 days starting Thursday, which is the 69th annual National Bed Day.

The time of day was inspired by Psalm 4: 1, which reads: “Answer me when I call you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer. “

In a message posted on the Pathway to Victory website, Jeffress said he was inspired to start the challenge when talking to his daughter, Julia Jeffress Sadler.

“Recently, she asked,” Dad, why don’t Christians ask for coronavirus anymore? “That question hit me right in the eye! Julia is right, ” Jeffress wrote.

“The most powerful thing you and I can do to put an end to the coronavirus pandemic – and its devastating effects – is to pray for God’s miraculous intervention in our country.”

Jeffress also noted that as a “thank you” to those who sign up to attend, he promised to provide a free chapter download of his latest book.

First Baptist Dallas opens again for personal services on May 31, releasing one detailed plan last month for its members to review.

In recent times, many prominent Christian leaders and ecclesiastical bodies have launched prayer campaigns in addition to charity efforts in response to COVID-19.

In March, Pope Francis urged Christians from all denominations to join him in reciting the Lord’s Prayer at a given time in response to the pandemic.

Let’s stay united. I invite all Christians to bring their voices together to heaven and recite our Father tomorrow, March 25, at 1 p.m. 12 the break twittered then.

The Vatican’s post also featured a short video of Francis holding a prayer with English subtitles urging people to “pray together for the sick, for the people who are suffering.”

“I thank all Christians, all men and women of benevolence, who pray in this moment in unison, no matter what religious tradition they belong to,” Francis said in the video.

Research has suggested participation and interest in the practice of prayer has increased since the new coronavirus became a pandemic and governments imposed lockdown orders.

Jeanet Sinding Bentzen, Executive Director of the Association for the Study of Religion, Economics and Culture, released a preliminary draft of a paper in late March entitled “In Crisis, We Pray: Religiousness and the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

Bentzen analyzed Internet searches for prayer in 75 countries and reported that “search intensity for prayer doubles for every 80,000 new registered cases of COVID-19.”

“In times of crisis, people tend to turn to religion for stress relief and explanation. The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 is no exception, ”read the summary. “I document that Google searches on prayer have skyrocketed during March 2020, when COVID-19 went global.”

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