As 2019 draws to a close, the popular Bible app YouVersion has revealed the most read Bible verse over the past 12 months, and it’s extremely poignant given the tumultuous times we live in:
Philippians 4: 6 reads: ‘Don’t worry about a thing; instead, pray for everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done.
The popular verse is a simple appeal from the apostle Paul to Jesus’ disciples in Phillippi, asking them not to worry about anything but, instead, to approach God in prayer with their concerns and anxieties, and to be assured that the Lord will provide them with everything they need.
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“We are encouraged to see so many people turn to the Bible in response to their concerns, remember what God has done in their lives, and choose to trust his faithfulness,” said the founder of the app, Bobby Gruenewald, in a press release. .
It’s been another good year for YouVersion, with more people engaging with the scriptures through their smartphones and tablets than ever before.
Incredibly, YouVersion has seen a 30% increase in the amount of Biblical content consumed by its users – some 5.6 billion chapters have been listened to and a stratospheric 35.6 billion chapters read. In addition, approximately 478 million verses have been shared and 1.1 million days of Bible planning have been completed.
The app, which was originally developed by Oklahoma’s mega-church Life.Church, has grown tremendously since its launch in 2008. A staggering 400 million people have installed it at worldwide, with an additional 50 million unique downloads added to the total. in that year alone.
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Incredibly, many of the newly hired users are from countries where Christianity is under siege.
According to YouVersion’s 2019 annual report, Algeria, which has seen a slight increase in religious persecution this year, saw a 219% increase in biblical engagement.
Other countries that have registered a marked increase in their time spent reading the Bible are: Morocco, India, Nepal, Zambia, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Chad.
“What we see in the global engagement is exciting for us,” added Gruenwald, “because with each verse highlighted, the planning day completed or the audio chapter listened to, it is a person who is transformed by knowing. God more intimately by spending time in the Bible. “
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The YouVersion Bible is now available in 1,343 languages and 2,013 different versions.
“Each year when we dig into these numbers, we are overwhelmed by how God is using this app to deliver his message of hope and love to a suffering world,” noted the founder. “We are touched by the opportunity to see lives changing in every country in the world. “