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Several years ago Newsweek conducted a survey on people’s prayer beliefs and habits and discovered that a high percentage - 87% - of the people believe that God answers prayers. 54% say they pray on a daily basis, that is, 25% pray once a day and 29% more than once a day. Then it gets revealing when Newsweek asked them what they believe about prayer:

82% ask for health or success for child or a family member

82% believe that God does not play favorites in answering prayers

79% believe that God answers prayers for healing someone with an incurable disease

75% ask for strength to overcome personal weaknesses

72% think prayers for help in finding a job are answered

54% say that when God doesn’t answer their prayers, it means it wasn’t God’s will to answer

51% think that God doesn’t answer prayers to win sporting events

36% never pray for financial or career success

82% don’t turn away from God when prayers are not answered (“Is God Listening??3/31/97)

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