Speaking in the Sunday Times magazine, the veteran pop star said the riots that swept across England during the summer had come as a shock to him.
"I think we'd all benefit if society could swing back to a more spiritual approach to life," he said.
"The last couple of months have really shocked me. The riots! Yes times are tough, but smashing up the high street isn't the answer."
Sir Cliff, who has been a Christian since 1964, said he prayed every day for friends and "enemies too".
"That's a tough call. Being a Christian can be tough, but it also acts as a fantastic guide," he said.
"If we lose that spirituality, then people end up doing whatever they want. Killing, looting, going to war.
"I think we'd all benefit if society could swing back to a more spiritual approach to life."
Sir Cliff also touched upon his views on same-sex relationships. The Urban Saints patron has often faced scrutiny over his own sexuality and his relationship with a former Roman Catholic priest who he describes as a "companion" and shares his home with.
He has previously suggested that the church should be more supportive of homosexuals.
He said: "I talked about same-sex relationships and I knew that would ruffle a few Christian feathers. But what does it say in the Bible? Judge not, lest ye be judged.
"If people can't understand me and my life, it's up to them. I can't live my life for other people."