And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Luke 18:1
The president of Brazil called for a national day of prayer and fasting this past Sunday to “free Brazil from this evil” coronavirus pandemic.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro asked for the national day of prayer and fasting after a group of evangelical Christians made the request, CBN News reports.
Following criticism over his management of the increasing number of coronavirus-related deaths, Bolsonaro met with Pentecostal evangelical pastors, Reuters reports.
“With the pastors and religious leaders, we will call for a day of fasting by Brazilians so that Brazil can free itself from this evil as soon as possible,” Bolsonaro said to radio station, Jovem Pan.
According to Reuters, polls have shown that Brazilians largely disapprove of Bolsonaro for downplaying the coronavirus outbreak. Previously, Bolsonaro called the coronavirus a “little flu.”
But evangelicals in the country said they were pleased with Bolsonaro’s announcement for a day of prayer and fasting.
“Brazil is in a serious crisis. The forces of evil are rising against a God-fearing Christian president and family defender. Sunday will be a day of fasting,” Congressman Marco Feliciano, an evangelical pastor, said in a Twitter post.
Bolsonaro is a former army captain who was raised a Roman Catholic and then re-baptized in 2016 in the River Jordan.
About 39 percent of people said in a poll that Bolsonaro’s response to the coronavirus pandemic was “bad” or “awful.” The poll also showed that 33 percent said his response was “good” or “great.”
In another poll, nearly 60 percent of respondents said they didn’t want Bolsonaro to resign despite how they feel he’s handled the coronavirus pandemic. Thirty-seven percent said they would approve a resignation, and 4 percent said they had no opinion.
As of today Tuesday 7th April 2020 , Brazil had Coronavirus Cases: 12,232, Deaths: 566, Recovered: 127