Google searches for “prayer” drastically rose in the wake of the coronavirus quarantine and social distancing measures, an analysis of Google Trends has revealed.
Christians are instructed in the Bible to pray and many do on a regular basis. But it would appear more people than usual have been looking for ways they can pray about the global pandemic currently captivating people to their homes most of the time, sans a few grocery runs and other various necessities.
The data reveals that searches for prayer surged around March 15th, just a few short hours after major events began announcing postponements or closures. The NBA announced they’d be suspending all play on March 11th and not long after that the entire March Madness tournament was canceled.
That appears to be the moment people around the country came to the collective realization that this wasn’t going away overnight, and we were in this for the long haul.
Interestingly, another search term spike right around the same time.
It’s a question people, especially atheists and skeptics, have challenged Christians with since the beginning of time: if God is good, then how can evil exist and happen on a regular basis?
Sean McDowell recently hosted a video entirely dedicated to the topic and did a great job breaking it down from a Christian perspective. You can watch Sean and Professor Clay Jones discuss the topic at length below: