By John Bingham, Telegraph
Research commissioned by the Church of England found that only one in seven people insist they would “never” resort to prayer in the face of problems in their lives, those of their friends or the wider world.
And when asked to give an example of something they might pray about irrespective of whether or not they were religious, four out of five people ventured a response.
Perhaps significantly, teenagers and people in their early 20s emerged as less likely to reject prayer than their parents’ generation.
The findings emerge from a poll of more than 2,000 people conducted by ICM for the Church of England in the run-up to Easter.
The polling found that women are more likely to believe in prayer than men, with 85 per cent citing something they would pray for.
And only nine per cent of those aged 18 to 24 who were polled said they would never pray for anything, compared with 17 per cent of those in their late 50s and early 60s.
Among pensioners, the proportion who rejected the possibility of prayer falls to nine per cent again, the same as for young adults.
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