UK - Crisis Makes Non-Believers Call on God

Arno Froese

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 strong 42 percent of prayers thanked God, while 40 percent asked for healing and another 40 per cent included mention of friends.

‘We should not be surprised by these recent findings, which reflect human longing for the mystery and love of God amid experiences of daily life,’ told Rachel Treweek, bishop of Gloucester to The Guardian.

Chaplain to the archbishop of Canterbury, Isabelle Hamley, said prayer is ‘primarily a line of communication with God—thinking, reflecting, bringing one’s concerns and worries into a bigger picture.’

Ruth Valerio of Tearfund suggested prayer was still important to the lives of people in the UK.

She said: ‘While it is often easier to pray for issues closer to home, we want to encourage people to continue to engage with global issues and pray for an end to extreme poverty.’, 14 January 2018

Arno's commentary

It is a well-established fact that when in need, particularly hard times, it motivates prayer. So, the question: does God answer prayers from unbelievers? The answer is a resounding yes, because that’s the first step toward salvation. We pray because, in our self, we cannot overcome certain difficulties or crisis moments. We turn to God because the Word is still valid: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

Cornelius, the Roman centurion, obviously practiced a Roman religion, yet his prayer was answered. Here is his testimony: “And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God” (Acts 10:4).

Further evidence is recorded in Europe, where among millions of refugees, mostly Muslims seeking a new life, an unspecified number continue to find living faith in Jesus Christ, thus are added to the Church. Remember, Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and He is building His Church.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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