Democratic Gov. Calls for Prayer and Fasting amid COVID Outbreak: 'I Believe Very Strongly' in Prayer

Michael Foust | CrosswalkHeadlines Contributor | Updated: Aug 12, 2021
Democratic Gov. Calls for Prayer and Fasting amid COVID Outbreak: 'I Believe Very Strongly' in Prayer

Democratic Gov. Calls for Prayer and Fasting amid COVID Outbreak: 'I Believe Very Strongly' in Prayer

Saying he believes "very strongly" in the power of prayer, Louisiana's Democratic governor is calling on citizens to pray and fast for an end to COVID-19.

He also is encouraging Louisianans to get vaccinated and to wear masks.

Gov. John Bel Edwards – a right-leaning governor in a left-leaning party – issued the call to prayer on Friday, saying he is urging citizens who "believe in the power of prayer" to join him and his wife, First Lady Donna Edwards, in "praying and fasting during their lunch time" on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for Louisiana health care workers and for "all of those who are sick with or affected by COVID-19."

"In addition to prayer, the Governor encourages all Louisianans to help slow the spread of COVID by getting their vaccines and wearing masks whenever they are indoors and in public," a news release by the governor's office said.

Edwards issued the statement, he said, after talking to a group of pastors.

"Yesterday, I asked hundreds of ministers and pastors throughout Louisiana to join me during the lunch hour next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in praying and fasting for our state, and I am extending this invitation to anyone and everyone who is so inclined, no matter their religious beliefs," Edwards said. "I believe very strongly in the power of prayer, and there are thousands of people right now in Louisiana who need to be lifted up in prayer. So I hope you will join your prayers to mine for healing and protection."

Edwards said he will be praying:

  • "that our sick may fight this illness."
  • "that the medical professionals caring for them can remain strong and safe."
  • "that our children, teachers and school support staff can safely begin the school year."
  • "that our people will do everything they can to help us slow the spread of this terrible virus."

Louisiana is experiencing an all-time high in COVID-19 cases according to a seven-day average. According to the Louisiana Department of Health, the number of hospitalizations for the virus is also at a record high.

According to the Department of Death, Louisianans who are not fully vaccinated accounted for 90 percent of cases and 84 percent of deaths during the period of July 22-28. They also accounted for 91 percent of current hospitalizations, the department said.

Related:

Pastor Holds Vaccine Clinic after 6 Unvaccinated Members Die of COVID: 'I'm Tired of Crying'

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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist PressChristianity TodayThe Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.



Democratic Gov. Calls for Prayer and Fasting amid COVID Outbreak: 'I Believe Very Strongly' in Prayer