Prayer in America

How very good and pleasant it is
when kindred live together in unity! – Psalm 133:1

The quote below is from an article published by Barna Group in 2017 following their research into Americans and prayer:

Prayer is by far the most common spiritual practice among Americans. The vast majority of Americans—no matter their religious affiliation or non-affiliation—participate in some kind of prayer activity. What do people mean by prayer? What do these prayers actually look like? And who are they praying to? These are the questions that drove this particular study, and what we found gives us a much more nuanced portrait of the American prayer life.

One conclusion drawn from the research data is that “the forces of our individualistic culture have influenced what was once a more communal and corporate conception of Christian identity to one now focused primarily on the individual. Eighty-two percent (82%) of praying adults most often pray silently and by themselves.”  Hmmmm…

CLICK HERE to see the complete article, as well as the pretty nifty graphics they created to summarize the data. I’m not sure what to make of some of the results, but they are certainly conversation starters!

One thought on “Prayer in America

  1. Prayer is essential. Prayer is needed before we do anything. When we pray we are calling on the unlimited power of God. It is important for us to come together as the body of Christ and pray together, and not always just in church. To be united in prayer for one another, and world events.


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