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ISSUE FACT SHEET
Americans Turn to Prayer to Find Faith in Trying Times
Americans are experiencing a crisis of faith. The downturn of the economy after terrorist
attacks, corporate ethics scandals and church abuse have rocked the foundation of society. What can people do to find faith?
What Research Says
Half of the U.S. population says that they have turned to their faith to help them personally
process the Sept. 11 tragedies.
82 percent of Americans believe that prayer can change what happens in a personís life.
85 percent of Americans pray weekly even though one-third of them donít attend church.
People pray about many things:
95 percent thank God for what he has done in their lives.
76 percent ask for forgiveness of sins.
67 percent acknowledge Godís superior attributes.
61 percent ask for specific needs or desires to be met.
47 percent are silent during prayer time to listen for Godís response.
Source: Barna Research Group, a Ventura, Calif.-based Christian marketing research company.
What Vicky Thompson Says
Many people are exploring a direct spiritual connection with God to find their faith during these trying
times. Finding faith again is just part of a journey to knowing ourselves deeper on all levels. Spiritual faith is a quest for inner wisdom and strength that is beyond the rituals
of praising God through religion. Spiritual faith moves you through the church doorway into knowing God deeply through your own being. Itís a way of living in the light of God,
and allowing the power and presence of God to move you, to guide you, and to inspire you. Faith flows from within when you use meditation and prayer to know and experience your
What The Jesus Path Says
The Jesus Path integrates ageless spiritual
principles into a personal practice for everyday divine living that inspires inner and outer peace. Within us, we each hold the power of creation to live heaven or hell upon earthÖ.
At this point in history we hold the capability to effect world destruction. We also hold the capability for world transformation on a personal and global level. Within our very
being, we each hold the ability to link with our higher spirit-self, the eternal part of us that resides within the divine realm. Tapping into knowledge uniquely our own, we hold
the capability to transcend pain, fear, and suffering, and bring peace to our own lives as well as to those of others by integrating the abundance of our higher spirit-self into
daily life. This was the secret to Jesusí ability to link so closely with Spirit to do Godís work upon Earth. (The Jesus Path: 7 Steps to a Cosmic Awakening, Vicky
Thompson, Red Wheel/Weiser, March 2003, $16.95, page 2.)
THE JESUS PATH
7 Steps to a Cosmic Awakening
Reconnecting with Your Inner Spirit During Changing Times
by Vicky Thompson
Published by Red Wheel/Weiser, Paperback $16.95, 282 pages
Publication Date: March 2003