The YouTube prayer channel started during Covid that’s causing a stir among religious communities and, since then, it’s been a platform for many who are not religious. Now, with a new video, the channel’s director, Josh Parnes, wants to turn their popular channel into a place for “those of all backgrounds.”
Josh Parnes, the creator of YouTube prayer channel, wants to open his channel up to everyone’s faith.
“I’m tired of all the Christians that are all the rage, ‘Oh, I’m not Christian’ or what have you. I’ve had it! I like what my faith is,” Parnes told The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday. “The Bible says in God’s Word that ‘there is neither Jew nor Greek nor slave nor free nor male nor female,’ and I think that’s the best way to go about life.”
Before Covid even hit, the prayer channel was already growing, with more than 2 million subscribers and around 1 billion views.
The channel is still only in its infancy, but it’s already one of the most popular prayer channels on YouTube and has found a community of like-minded believers. “There’s a lot of Christians out there that feel that there’s something to do, and they want to participate,” Parnes said. But as long as religion is the target of “hate and division,” as Parnes puts it, there will only be a small group who can join in with the platform and the channel. “There was a time when the church was a safe place and everyone was welcome,” he added.
Parnes’ channel has had a similar awakening in their own faith.
“About 10 days ago, I decided to create a prayer channel because I thought what Christians have to deal with is a lot of stuff that people don’t really want to deal with, like politics,” Parnes said. “I’m a Christian, and I’ve watched my grandparents go to war and I’ve seen my parents have heart attacks and I’ve seen friends die, so I just thought,” Parnes said.
Parnes started posting prayers on his channel and soon saw his audience grow from a couple hundred to a couple thousand to several thousand, and