MSNBC news anchor asks pastor to pray
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June 2020On a news network not known for facilitating prayer, anchor Craig Melvin did so during the COVID-19 outbreak. In a March 30 remote interview with T.D. Jakes, senior pastor of The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas, Melvin said, “I’ve never actually done this on-air, can you lead us in prayer?”

On live television, the two bowed while Jakes prayed: “Our Father and our God, we bow our heads to you in humility, understanding that we are not competent in and of ourselves to handle this kind of global calamity. We look to you, Lord, to be the source, the strength, the help, the light that we need. Strengthen our first responders, strengthen even our broadcast people, strengthen all of us whose lives have been devastated and disrupted – and give us the peace that passes all understanding. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.” Melvin later wrote on Twitter, “In times like these, we need prayer.”, 4/1/20