"I believe that Jesus died on a cross for my sins," Bieber told Billboard last November. "He's the reason that I'm here."
On his November single Pray, a departure from his typical pop oeuvre, Bieber sings, "I close my eyes and pray / I close my eyes and I can see a better day." The music video, seen more than 21 million times on YouTube, ends with the written message, "God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer."