Denzel Washington Preaches to Young Actors in Training Session, 'Thank God for Grace and Mercy... We All Fall Short of the Glory' (VIDEO)

Jeannie LawMay 27, 2014 03:21 PM EDT

Singer/actor Tyrese Gibson uploaded a video onto his social media of actor Denzel Washington using his influence to encourage upcoming actors to put their faith in God. 

In a video shared on Facebook, the "Fast & Furious" actor records Washington telling actors in training their desires for good they have is "God's proof" that the actor already has the dreams they just have to "claim it" and work for it.

The students looked captivated as they listened to the Academy Award winner talk about staying thankful to pray to God.

"I pray that you all put your shoes way under the bed at night so that you gotta get on your knees in the morning to find them," Washington said. He then directed them and said, "And while you're down there thank God for grace and mercy and understanding. We all fall short of the glory, we all got plenty."

"If you just start thinking of all the things you've got to say thank you for, that's a day. That's easily a day," he added.

Washington is presently starring in Broadway play "A Raisin in the Sun" and told the crowd that he and the cast pray before every show. Pointing out that one of the younger cast members always prays that the production would "touch someone," which Washington said all actors have the potential to help someone.

Another piece of advice he shared with the blossoming actors was to focus on using their gifts for something significant and not get carried away with earthly riches. "You'll never see a U-Haul behind a hearse," he said.

"Now I've been blessed to make hundreds of millions of dollars in my life. I can't take it with me and neither can you. It's not how much you have but what you do with what you have," he said.

The actor has spoken publically about his faith. He is reportedly a member of the West Angeles Church of God in Christ and has been for over thirty years. He also has publicly said he reads the Bible "every day."

During an interview with GQ magazine in 2012 Washington explained his experience with the Holy Spirit.

"It was too intense. It almost drove me away," Washington said. "I called my mother, and she said I was being filled with the Holy Spirit. I was like, 'Does that mean I can never have wine again?'"

Gibson is also a Christian and is constantly talking about his faith on social media although he does admit he is a work in progress.

Watch Washington preach to the young actors below, as Gibson provides a bit of commentary.

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