Survey: One quarter of non-believers call on God when faced with a crisis

For atheists and agnostics, personal crisis or tragedy is the most common reason for them to resort to prayer, with a quarter admitting they pray for comfort or to feel less lonely.

Church attendance in the Great Britain dropped from 6.5 million to just over 3 million between 1980 and 2015, according to the website Faith Survey.

However, more than half of all adults in the UK pray regularly despite only one in three praying in a place of worship, according to a poll carried out by ComRes on behalf of the Christian aid agency, Tearfund.