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Praying to God. Credit: Desiring God

More than 20,000 persons joined online as the 2019 edition of the gospel praise, prayer and worship programme Hallelujah Challenge started on Monday.

The programme which runs yearly takes place on social media and holds for 21 days from 12 midnight to 1 am.

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Hallelujah Challenge: An Inspiration From God – Convener

According to the convener and gospel singer Nathaniel Bassey, he started off the programme in 2017 as an inspiration from God.

“It started as an inspiration from God,” he said. “It was the leading of the holy spirit, following up on something we called the ‘Tongue challenge’ which was initially praying for one hour every month in the month of May.

“When we were done, I just sensed that God wanted us to praise him in the month of June, in the midnight hour based on Acts 16:25-26 and the kind of praise should be the hallelujah kind of praise.”

Concise News reported that during the first day of the 2019 edition of the Hallelujah Challenge, the singer and the participants asked God for peace as the country conducts a general election.