It’s no secret that scores of Christians turn to the Bible each and every day for general guidance as well as to gain insight and perspective on the countless cultural and political events unfolding around them.
That’s why Faithwire asked the creators of the YouVersion Bible app — an app that’s been downloaded more than 237 million times around the world — what patterns they were noticing among readers before and after last week’s presidential election.
So, they dove deep into the data to explore what users were searching within the Bible app during the three days after the election and compared those terms to the same time frame the week before the election; their findings were intriguing.
Bobby Gruenewald, innovation pastor of Life.Church and founder of YouVersion, told Faithwire on Thursday that he’s not entirely surprised to see some massive upticks in certain election-related search terms, considering the intense national and international attention the campaign garnered — and also considering peoples’ tendency to “turn to the Bible for guidance.”
“Outside the typical search terms, the number one increase we saw was people searching for what scripture says about praying for our leaders, which was encouraging,” Gruenewald said. “We believe prayer is powerful and moves the heart of God. The Bible has a lot to say about prayer.”
With that in mind, there was one Bible verse in particular that garnered the most attention: 2 Chronicles 7:14, which reads, “If my people, who are called by name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
First, let’s explore the more general electoral themes that were searched. There was a nearly 1,400 percent increase in searches for the term “ruler” the three days after the election compared to the same timeframe the week before. Likewise, there was a 940 percent increase in “leaders,” a 925 percent increase in “kings” and a 900 percent increase in the term “government.”
When it came to prayer more specifically, there were big increases in searches for the terms “pray for your leaders” (2,071 percent), “pray for leaders” (1,883 percent) and “pray for those in authority” (1,423 percent).
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This originally appeared at Faithwire.