“A new survey has revealed that one in four non-believers pray when confronted by tough times – despite insisting they are not religious.
For atheists and agnostics, personal crisis or tragedy is the most common reason for them to resort to prayer, with a quarter admitting they pray for comfort or to feel less lonely.”
Church attendance in the Great Britain dropped from 6.5 million to just over 3 million between 1980 and 2015, according to the website Faith Survey.
A strong 42 per cent of prayers thanked God, while 40 per cent asked for healing and another 40 per cent included mention of friends.
‘We should not be surprised by these recent findings, which reflect human longing for the mystery and love of God amid experiences of daily life,’ told Rachel Treweek, bishop of Gloucester to The Guardian.
Chaplain to the archbishop of Canterbury, Isabelle Hamley, said prayer is ‘primarily a line of communication with God – thinking, reflecting, bringing one’s concerns and worries into a bigger picture’
Ruth Valerio of Tearfund suggested prayer was still important to the lives of people in the UK.
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