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18 to 34-year-olds more likely to pray than over 55s, survey finds

by Kelly Valencia

A new survey by Savanta ComRes has revealed 51 per cent of young adults pray at least once a month compared to 24 per cent of those aged 55 and over. 

It also found they are more likely to attend church with 49 per cent saying they attend church at least once a month compared to under a fifth (16 per cent) of those aged 55 and over.

Commissioned by the Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer, the survey sampled 2,075 UK adults aged 18 and over. 

Richard Gamble, founder of the Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer, said: “Despite the narrative that the UK is a growing secular society, it is becoming increasingly clear that there is actually a growing spirituality in the nation. 

“If younger generations are exploring faith and spirituality online and in non-traditional ways it shouldn’t be a matter of debate but should be encouraged and embraced.”

The survey also revealed that some 38 per cent of young people were more likely than other age groups to believe their prayers would be answered, compared to 22 per cent of those 55 and over.

Gamble continued: “Many are now discovering that prayer is not a response of last resort but a conversation with God. Different faiths have different perspectives of God as a higher being, but Christianity teaches that God is a relational being who listens to our prayers and answers those prayers, sometimes in ways we could never have anticipated. 

“Prayer without some expectation and hope of an answer is akin to talking in an empty room.”

The Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer is new national landmark aiming to profile a million answered prayers on a site near Coleshill on the outskirts of Birmingham. 

Construction begins this year and the site is set to open in early 2023. A crowdfunding appeal is being launched this month to fund the remainder of the £12m project. 

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