President Joe Biden and former Vice President Mike Pence participated in Pray.com’s National Day of Prayer virtual event on Thursday.
Both Biden and Pence provided pre-recorded video prayers for the event.
The virtual event took place on the 69th annual National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 6.
Watch the event in the video above.
Every year, the National Day of Prayer provides an opportunity for people to boost their spiritual and mental wellbeing.
In observance of the holiday this year, Pray.com broadcasted the live event to emphasize prayer’s benefits at a time when many people are experiencing increased stress, anxiety and depression.
“We are honored and blessed to have the President of the United States join Pray.com’s National Day of Prayer event with a pre-recorded message to help strengthen and unify our nation as we work to defeat this global Pandemic. We are humbled to take part in this unifying moment in our nation’s history, that will include the President and several national political leaders who are coming together to join millions of people from all backgrounds to ask God to bring hope, healing, and health to all our communities.” said Pray.com co-founder Steve Gatena in a statement.
In addition to Biden and Pence, the event featured hosts, pastors Ronnie Floyd, Sam Collier, Dr. Ed Young, Sr., Mark Driscoll and Samuel Rodriguez.
The online gathering also featured musical performances by Christian artists including Hillsong’s Brooke Ligertwood, Lecrae and Michael Neale.
Silicon Valley tech speakers and authors Nona Jones and Nick Hall appeared alongside Pray.com founders Steve Gatena, Mike Lynn, Ryan Beck, and Matthew Potter for the virtual prayer service.
“At Pray.com we believe in the power of prayer,” said Gatena. “Recent studies point to the positive impact prayer can have on mental health. With the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the mental health epidemic, we know the need for prayer in America is more urgent than ever.”
“As a Christian, I look forward to coming together in prayer with people from around the nation, no matter their faith background. Praying for our nation and acknowledging God’s presence in our lives benefits each of us as individuals and our country as a whole,” Gatena added.
Pray.com offers daily prayer and Bible-based audio content to people worldwide.
The company first held a National Day of Prayer event in 2020, when it streamed to more than 1 million participants on Facebook.
Visit www.pray.com to learn more.