A new survey has found that one-third of UK adults pray and attend church at least once a month. The poll, conducted by Savanta ComRes and commissioned by The Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer, found that 31% attend church and take part in a service and that 36% pray, either alone, with a small group, or at church.
The findings, which sampled 2075 UK adults aged 18 and over, found that young people are particularly engaged spiritually with half (51%) of 18-34-year-olds praying at least once a month, compared to a quarter (24%) of those aged 55 and over. Meanwhile, half (49%) of 18-34-year-olds attend church at least once a month, compared to under a fifth (16%) of those aged 55 and over.
Despite many churches having been closed for months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many places of worship have moved their services online and seen an uplift in numbers.
Richard Gamble, the founder of the Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer, says,
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 young people were more likely than other age groups to believe their prayers will be answered, with 38% of 18-34-year-olds believing in answered prayer, compared with 22% of those 55 and over.
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 the new national landmark that will eclipse the size of the Angel of the North and aims to profile a million answered prayers on a site near Coleshill on the outskirts of Birmingham. The public art piece will stand at 169 feet and is expected to attract 300,000 visitors each year, contributing £9.3 million to the local economy.
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
Every single one of a million bricks represents a story of answered prayer to make hope visible to all who see this Christian monument. The interactive landmark will engage all generations in exploring Christian prayer and will be struck with the behind each prayer there is a deeply personal and inspirational story. The hope is that these stories will point them to the God who answers.
For more information and to donate, visit here,
Written By: Esther Jolliffe