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Great Faith Awakening. 'A great spiritual awakening': Millions seek Scripture and prayer in midst of pandemic
Written by Mike Thom
Published: 16 April 2020

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the world and change how people live, many are seeking spiritual answers and finding hope in Jesus. Makers of the world's most popular Bible app, YouVersion, say that they've seen an incredible increase in app and web traffic.

"While we're all facing challenges in the middle of a global pandemic, what you may not realize is that we're also experiencing a season of great spiritual awakening," YouVersion says in an online post.

"All over the world, people are searching for answers and hope. And what millions are finding is an invitation into a relationship with God."

YouVersion says that over the past six weeks "we've witnessed God moving in amazing ways as we saw the largest engagement increase ever, with more people searching the Bible for hope and peace, sharing Bible verses and Verse Images with others, and engaging in God's Word with their families through the Bible App for Kids."

The app not only includes the Bible in many English translations and other languages but also has a prayer request feature. They've seen over 1.6 million prayers added in just the last month. Volunteers spend countless hours going through the requests and praying for them.

The app launched in 2008 and previously had seen its most engaged day ever on Easter Sunday of 2019 with a 23 per cent increase in use on that day.

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