Christian prayer app Hallow received the largest increase in downloads in the app’s history just after its Super Bowl ad aired.

“It was a phenomenal night,” Hallow CEO Alex Jones told Fox News Digital on Tuesday.

The announcement was “a dream come true,” he added. The company is based in Chicago.

“For the first time during the Super Bowl, we were all able to take 30 seconds to thank God,” Jones said.

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While the ad did not air in all markets (about half of all Super Bowl viewers watched the ad), Hallow still saw a tremendous response.

“At the time the ad was released, we saw the largest increase in Hallow’s history,” Jones told Fox News Digital. “It was the most downloads in a single minute we’ve ever seen. We’re already ahead of Netflix on the App Store charts and Lent hasn’t even started yet. Praise God.”

Marcos Walhberg, "Pray this Lent with Mark Wahlberg"

Actor Mark Wahlberg narrated the Hallow commercial that aired during the Super Bowl. He also narrates prayers and meditations on the app. (Sanctify)

The ad, which lasted 30 seconds, featured actors Mark Wahlberg and Jonathan Roumie.

“God, we take this moment just to thank you,” said Wahlberg, who narrated the announcement.

“We thank you for this time to come together as a family, as friends and as a country.”

“Help us, Lord, especially in this Lent, to draw closer to You, Amen.”

Wahlberg then asked viewers to “join us in prayer this Lent on Hallow” and to “stay praying.”

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Jones said he and the rest of the Hallow team were “blown away by the responses to the advert”.

The announcement even inspired some people to return to their faith, he said.

Alex Jones, creator of the Hallow app, plus a prayer image

Hallow CEO Alex Jones told Fox News Digital that it was “an honor” for his company to lead a moment of prayer during the Super Bowl. (Spirit Juice Studios/iStock)

“We have heard from many who were inspired to join us and try praying for the first time in a long time this Lent,” Jones told Fox News Digital.

The relatively unique timing of the Super Bowl taking place the same week as Ash Wednesday, the first day of the liturgical season of Lent, led Hallow to consider its first Super Bowl advertisement.

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Ash Wednesday also marks the launch of Hallow’s annual Pray40 “prayer challenge”, which continues until Easter.

Wahlberg will be one of the people guiding daily reflections during the challenge, which “helps Christians around the world grow closer to God during Lent,” Hallow said.

Jonathan Roumie with ash cross

Actor Jonathan Roumie, who plays Jesus Christ in the television series “The Chosen,” appeared in the advertisement receiving a cross of ashes on his forehead. Ash Wednesday is February 14, three days after the Super Bowl. (Sanctify)

The Super Bowl ad was “a big bet for us,” Jones told Fox News Digital.

“When we were producing the ad, we decided to really focus on making it all about Jesus, just spending time in prayer with God,” he said.

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Leading the prayer among the record-breaking Super Bowl audience “was an honor,” he said.

“We are delighted to continue praying together with everyone this Lent.”

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Lent, Jones noted, “is not a better time to commit to praying every day.”

“As Mark (Wahlberg) would say, stay in prayer!”

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By Sam