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Types of Prayer

1. 42% ask for material things when they pray; of this group, 59% are evangelicals; 66% are black.

2. Meditative prayer increases with age: 45% of 18- to 24-year-olds pray meditatively; 70% of 65-year-olds do so.

3. Of those who say God exists, 70% pray daily, as do 10% of those who don’t believe in God.

Source: Poloma and Gallup, “Varieties of Prayer,” Newsweek, January 6, 1992.

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