The Guardian/Observer Group published an article today in which it was reported that the Covid-19 outbreak has led to an increase in the number of British adults turning their attention to matters spiritual. According to a survey a quarter of adults have logged into online worship services, and twenty percent have “begun to pray.”
This is to the backdrop of a 15% drop in attendance in the Church of England in the past decade. Various sources have noted that in 2018, 11% of the UK population attended church, and only 2 – 5% in the C of E (2018 Statistics For Mission). Yet, today’s article shows that “One in five of those who have tuned into services in the past few weeks say they have never gone to church.”
Many of us have prayed for revival. I am not suggesting that the dreadful disease is the “answer to our prayers,” but rather that it is giving we people of faith an opportunity to spread the word of God.
Let us continue in our prayers. First of all for the health and safety of society. We also need to pray for the recovery of the sick, and the comforting hand of God for those who mourn. But we should also hold up the lives and souls of those who are joining us in our online devotions, and that the seeds that we are sowing there will be as those of that fall “on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown (Matthew 13:8).”