According to a recent study conducted by Lifeway Research, churchgoers cherish the time that they spend alone with God, however, what they do during that time and the kind of resources they use vary. The study found that most Protestant churchgoers engage themselves in spending time alone at least once daily with God. Activities done during spending time alone with the Almighty include praying using their own words (83%), expressing gratitude to God (80%), praising God (62%) or confessing sins (49%). Less than 2 in 5 read scriptures (39%) and fewer engage in repeating the same prayer (20%), thinking about the characteristics of God (18%) or doing something else (1%).
Church Leaders reports:
Most Protestant churchgoers spend time alone with God at least daily, but there’s a range in what they do in that time and what resources they use.
According to a study by Lifeway Research, nearly 2 in 3 Protestant churchgoers (65%) intentionally spend time alone with God at least daily, with 44% saying daily and 21% saying more than once a day. Meanwhile, 17% of churchgoers say they are alone with God several times a week, and 7% say once a week. Others admit to being alone with God a few times a month (5%), once a month (2%), less than once a month (3%) or never (1%).
This time looks different for different churchgoers, but they are more likely to talk to God through prayer than to listen to Him through His Word. Churchgoers most often pray in their own words (83%), thank God (80%), praise God (62%) or confess sins (49%). Fewer than 2 in 5 read from the Bible or a devotional (39%). Fewer repeat a set prayer (20%), consider God’s characteristics (18%) or something else (1%).
But if churchgoers were to read something during their time alone with God, most would read from a physical Bible (63%). Others would read the Bible in a different format such as a Bible that includes additional commentary or devotional thoughts (25%) or Scripture from an app (20%). Fewer than 1 in 3 say they would read from a devotional book that prints some Scripture (32%), and even fewer say they would read from a devotional book that doesn’t print Scripture (8%). Still, others say they would read a devotional from an app (7%) or read something else (3%).
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