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Most churchgoers favor prayer to Bible studying: examine


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(CP) Most Protestant churchgoers within the United States spend time alone with God every day — however most speak to God via prayer somewhat than listening to Him via His Word, a brand new examine has discovered.

According to a study by Lifeway Research, 65% of Protestant churchgoers deliberately spend time alone with God at the least each day, with 44% saying each day and 21% saying greater than as soon as a day.

Meanwhile, 17% of churchgoers say they’re alone with God a number of occasions per week, and seven% say as soon as per week. Others stated they hung out alone with God a number of occasions a month (5%), as soon as a month (2%, lower than as soon as a month (3%) or by no means (1%).

Lifeway Research carried out the web survey of 1,002 Americans Sept. 19-29, 2022, utilizing a nationwide pre-recruited panel. Respondents had been screened to incorporate those that recognized as Protestant/non-denominational and attend non secular providers at the least as soon as a month.

Most churchgoers, 83%, say they’re extra more likely to speak to God via prayer somewhat than studying from the Bible or a devotional (39%). Most churchgoers pray in their very own phrases (83%), thank God (80%), reward God (62%) or confess sins (49%).

“An earlier discipleship study from Lifeway Research confirmed that praising and thanking God is among the prime 5 predictors of excessive non secular maturity,” Scott McConnell, govt director of Lifeway Research. “This is a widespread observe amongst churchgoers when they’re alone with God.”

Interestingly, out of churchgoers that opted to learn throughout their time alone with God, most stated they would like to learn from a bodily Bible (63%). Others would learn from a Bible that features extra commentary or devotional ideas (25%) or Scripture from an app (20%). Only 7% stated they might learn a devotional from an app.

Researchers found that these with Evangelical beliefs are extra possible than these with out Evangelical beliefs to say they might learn from a Bible (78% in comparison with 52%) in the event that they had been studying one thing of their time alone with God.

With 40%, younger grownup churchgoers, ages 18-34, are the most certainly to learn Scripture from an app and the least more likely to learn from a devotional e-book that prints some Scripture (21%).

“Today’s Christians have extra sources than ever to help them in spending time with God and His Word,” McConnell stated. “As new sources are created, they will encourage somebody who, with out that innovation, would not have hung out with God. But there’s additionally a powerful relationship between spending time alone with God’s Word and worshiping often with others who could encourage you in your stroll with God.”

Females (48%) are extra possible than males (38%) to make spending time with God a each day behavior, and people within the South (49%) are additionally among the many most certainly to say they spend time alone with God every day.

The frequency of church attendance additionally impacted time alone with God: The examine discovered that those that attend worship providers at the least 4 occasions a month (26%) are extra possible than those that attend one to 3 occasions a month to say they spend time alone with God greater than as soon as a day.

“We see a sample in Scripture of followers of God withdrawing to spend time alone with Him. Jesus Christ Himself additionally did this,” stated McConnell. “Most Protestant churchgoers proceed this relational interplay with God and use a wide range of sources as they do.”

A November study from Lifeway Research discovered that many attendees have but to return to church for the reason that COVID-19 pandemic, even because the overwhelming majority of church buildings have resumed in-person providers. On common, pastors stated attendance at their church buildings in August was 85% of their Sunday attendance ranges in January 2020.

Similarly, the August edition of the “State of the Bible: USA 2022” report from the American Bible Society discovered that 40% of Generation Z adults ages 18 and older attend church “primarily on-line.” They had been adopted intently by 36% of churchgoers ages 77 and up.

A previous study from Lifeway Research discovered a powerful hyperlink between church attendance and evangelistic exercise. The “by no means actives” had been most certainly to attend church lower than as soon as a month (46%) in contrast with the “very energetic” group, which was most certainly to attend 4 occasions or extra a month (24%).

In a recent interview with The Christian Post, pastor and creator Max Lucado confused the significance of attending church and criticized the “apathetic” perspective many professing Christians have towards Church attendance within the aftermath of a pandemic.

“I believe there are a thousand causes for us to fulfill in particular person,” he stated. “Now, if any individual has well being issues, if their physique or well being is compromised, it is not time. God bless you, I perceive. But I’m wanting to provide a godly kick within the rump to those that would possibly simply be just a little bit torpid.”

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