Texas megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress has launched a 40-day prayer campaign and is urging Christians to join him daily to pray for an end to the coronavirus pandemic.
Known as the “4:01 Challenge,” the observance calls on people to pray at 4:01 p.m. every day for the next 40 days, starting Thursday, which is the 69th annual National Day of Prayer.
The time of day was inspired by Psalm 4:1, which reads: “Answer me when I call to 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 launch the challenge when talking with his daughter, Julia Jeffress Sadler.
“Recently, she asked, ‘Dad, why aren’t Christians praying more about the coronavirus?’ That question hit me right between the eyes! Julia is right,” Jeffress wrote.
“The most powerful thing you and I can do to bring an end to the coronavirus pandemic — and its devastating effects — is to ask for God’s miraculous intervention in our country.”
Jeffress also noted that as a “thank you” for those who sign up to participate, he promised to provide a free chapter download of his latest book.
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SOURCE; Christian Post, Michael Gryboski