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A Quarter of Non-Believers Pray When Faced With Crisis

Non-believers call on God when faced with a crisis – despite insisting they’re not religious.

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.

However, more than half of all adults in the UK pray regularly despite only one in three praying in a place of worship, according to a poll carried out by ComRes on behalf of the Christian aid agency, Tearfund.

A third of people pray in the morning or before they go to sleep. People are also increasingly likely to solicit support from God while cooking or exercising.

And one in five pray while doing household chores while 15 per cent pray while they commute.

However, of those who pray less than half think God actually hears them – a slim majority.

Of the varied subjects of prayers, family tops the list. More than 70 per cent of prayers mention family. full story

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