“I’ve Never Done This on the Air”: MSNBC Host Asks T.D. Jakes to Pray on Live TV


MSNBC host Craig Melvin stunned viewers earlier this week when he asked Texas megachurch pastor and televangelist, Bishop T.D. Jakes, to lead the audience in prayer on “MSNBC Live.”

Melvin, who recently returned from a voluntary quarantine after potential COVID-19 exposure, admitted, “I’ve never actually done this on the air.”

“For folks who weren’t able to get to church yesterday, can you lead us in prayer for 30 seconds?” the host asked.

Jakes happily obliged in offering up a prayer to the Lord, pleading that He be the source of strength through this unprecedented pandemic.

“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,” said Jakes in opening the prayer.

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He continued, “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.”

Watch the powerful moment unfold on “MSNBC Live” below:

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