New effort offers prayer for locals during COVID-19 pandemic

New effort offers prayer for locals

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — There’s a new outlet for people who may be concerned or struggling right now and want support in the form of prayer. Via Skype, Action News Jax anchor Tenikka Hughes talked to one of the organizers behind the new effort.

COVID-19 has changed life as we know it. People are coping with this new normal in different ways, including turning to their faith.

The reverend, Dr. Robert Morris, with Young Life Florida said, “I think that a lot of people turn to God when there are these types of life altering situations.”

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Morris is among a group of local faith leaders and organizations who wanted to provide a place for people looking for prayer during the coronavirus pandemic. So they came together to launch Prayjacksonville.com.

Morris said, “There was about eight to 10 of us who gathered to talk about how 50 to 75 percent of people in Northeast Florida have no church home. At a time where many people are alone and scared, we thought it would be great for people who don’t have a church home to just call and ask people to pray for them.”

Those wanting prayer can go to the website for the number to the special number they can call to speak to someone to get prayer over the phone.

The website also allows people to email a prayer request. Morris said a team of prayer partners will pray over those requests daily.

“We’re not licensed therapists. We’re not licensed counselors. We’re just Christian men and women in the community who say ‘If you are lonely or afraid and want to be prayed for, call us,' and we would love to do that,” said Morris.

The new prayer hotline is available from 11a.m. until 8 p.m., seven days a week. Morris said they are willing to extend the hours if the need arises. It’s all run by volunteers, Morris said if you’d like to join as a prayer partner or get your church involved to contact him.