Singer/songwriter Justin Bieber is once again boldly proclaiming his Christian faith, sharing an photo of himself praying with hip-hop stars Kanye West and Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs.
Over the weekend, the 22-year-old "Sorry" singer posted a photo to his Instagram page depicting himself and the two rap moguls standing side-by-side with their eyes closed as if in prayer. Bieber captioned the photo, "Uncle puff and Yeezy giving thanks to Jesus."
Bieber, who is currently on his "Purpose" tour, revealed he has experienced some spiritual fatigue over the past few weeks, and recently cancelled all of his scheduled meet-and-greet events with fans.
"Love u guys.. I'm going to be canceling my meet and greets. I enjoy meeting such incredible people but I end up feeling so drained and filled with so much of other people's spiritual energy that I end up so drained and unhappy ..." Bieber wrote in an Instagram post last week. "Want to make people smile and happy but not at my expense and I always leave feeling mentally and emotionally exhausted to the point of depression. ... The pressure of meeting people's expectations of what I'm supposed to be is so much for me to handle and a lot on my shoulders."
However, he shared another photo of himself sleeping peaceful in a wooded area along with a caption taken from the Hillsong United song "Touch the Sky": "My soul breathing, I found my life when I laid it down."
Over the past year, the Canadian singer has opened up about his Christian faith and shared how his relationship with God has changed his life. While he was famously baptized by Hillsong Church pastor Carl Lentz in 2014, prior to his conversion, the singer made headlines for his bad behavior, including excessive drug and alcohol use.
"I was rebelling against the world. I started to believe the hype and was acting a certain way. I was just being a jerk," he told The Mirror regarding his past actions. "I got so involved in 'me me me'. You're young, people are telling you you're great all the time and you start believing it. It became Justin Bieber, reality star, rather than the musician...I just found myself in a place I didn't want to be."
In an earlier interview with GQ Magazine, Bieber credited his newfound faith with saving him from being a "terrible" person.
"I feel like that's why I have a relationship with Him, because I need it. I suck by myself," he said. "If I was doing this on my own, I would constantly be doing things that are, I mean, I still am doing things that are stupid, but... It just gives me some sort of hope and something to grasp onto, and a feeling of security, and a feeling of being wanted, and a feeling of being desired, and I feel like we can only get so much of that from a human."
He also opened up about the dangers of worshiping people like himself instead of the One who truly deserves praise.
"I would really suggest to people, 'Don't put your faith in me,'" he told The Mirror, "Because I'm gonna disappoint you every time. Yeah. It's scary. But I want them to know that I'm not going to be able to solve their problems... I'm not that higher power. I'll never be. I'm not perfect. I've made so many mistakes. I just want to get to a place where... I just want people to know humans aren't meant to be worshiped. We're just not. So when a human is being worshiped, this is dangerous. 'Cause it does nothing but give you pride."