One of the most use Bible app, YouVersion revealed the most read Bible verse this year, which has reflects the turbulent time and season the world is right now.
Phillippians 4:6 reads, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”
The King James Version says: Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
This particular passage of the scripture is admonishing us not to be fidgety, apprehensive or nervous, no matter the situation rather, shift focus to God, cast all cares on him in prayer thereby handing over the situation to him before believing that he has done it, through thanksgiving because thanksgiving as it is, is the highest way of expressing our faith.
The founder of the Bible app, Bobby Gruenewald, said in a press release: “We’re encouraged to see so many people turning to the Bible in response to their worries, remembering what God has done in their lives, and choosing to trust in His faithfulness.”
Stats has show that people now engage their mobile devices to search through the scriptures as YouVersion biblical contents are been consumed with 30% increase, some 5.6 billion chapters were listened to and a stratospheric 35.6 billion chapters read. In addition, around 478 million verses were shared and 1.1 million Bible plan days were completed.
According to FaithWire, The app, which was originally developed by California megachurch Life.Church, has enjoyed some staggering growth since being launched back in 2008. An astonishing 400 million people have installed it across the globe, with a further 50 million unique downloads being added to the total over the course of this year alone.
Incredibly, many of the newly engaged users originated from within countries where Christianity is under siege.
According to YouVersion’s 2019 annual report, Algeria, which has experienced an uptick in religious persecution this year, clocked a 219% increase in Biblical engagement.
Other countries who logged a marked increase in their time spent reading the Bible were: Morrocco, India, Nepal, Zambia, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Chad.
“What we are seeing in global engagement is exciting to us,” Gruenwald added, “because with every verse highlighted, Plan day completed, or audio chapter listened to, that’s a person who is being transformed by knowing God more intimately through spending time in the Bible.”
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The YouVersion Bible is now available in 1,343 languages and 2,013 different versions.
“Every year, when we dig into these numbers, we’re overwhelmed by how God is using this app to deliver His message of hope and love to a hurting world,” the founder noted. “We’re humbled by the opportunity to see lives changed in every country around the world.”