According to a survey released by Pew Research Center, 55% of people polled have prayed for an end to the Coronavirus pandemic and 57% of respondents reported tuning into Church online.

The breakdown:

More than half of all U.S. adults (55%) say they have prayed for an end to the spread of coronavirus. Large majorities of Americans who pray daily (86%) and of U.S. Christians (73%) have taken to prayer during the outbreak – but so have some who say they seldom or never pray and people who say they do not belong to any religion (15% and 24%, respectively).

Among U.S. adults who said in an earlier survey they attend religious services at least once or twice a month, most (59%) now say they have scaled back their attendance because of the coronavirus – in many cases, presumably because churches and other houses of worship have canceled services. But this does not mean they have disengaged from collective worship entirely: A similar share (57%) reports having watched religious services online or on TV instead of attending in person. Together, four-in-ten regular worshippers appear to have replaced in-person attendance with virtual worship (saying that they have been attending less often but watching online instead).

And in chart form:

According to the Washington Examiner, online searchers for prayer have also increased dramatically.

As the coronavirus’ spread keeps more people at home, internet searches for prayer have skyrocketed, a study from the University of Copenhagen found. Google Analytics data shows that, in the month of March, searches for prayer hit a five-year high.

Prayer. So much prayer. I love it.


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