When someone comments that they will pray for you, what do you say back? Even when I was a pretending christian I felt awkward when people said they would pray for me....

Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer. - Anonymous

and another one I am pseudo-quoting since I can't find a reference at the moment........

Helping hands are far more useful than praying ones.

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A person who says, 'I'll pray for you', is a person who regards you as flawed, incomplete and immoral. That person needs to know that her/his statement is not taken well. You have a duty to your society to indicate that is some way.
Repeating what you've already said once isn't helpful.
Although Becca has chastised me, might I, with perhaps her tolerance, ask, golly, how nice-nice do we need to be?

Let Becca be indulgent: she is young and doesn't remember the inquisition and all the revolting things they did to ladies then.
Oh, Bill, I see that thou art truly a saint! That halo over you head proclaims it and we fall prostrate at your feet adoringly. ( I am a silly person and my stuff needs to be read as either simperingly absurd or rarely profound )
Eu costumo brincar delicadamente dizendo se não poderia no lugar da oração me fosse dado ,dinheiro ou chocolate.
Wish I could but I can't. Anyone translate this for me?
According to Google translate, it is: "I usually play gently saying it could not in the place of prayer I was given, money or chocolate."
Well said.
I usually respond as many others have suggested - by thanking the good intention that usually lies behind the statement, but expressing that I do not appreciate the idea of prayer, do not think it will be effective, and that I would prefer if they did not do it on my behalf.

I think this is a firm but compassionate position.
I'm of two minds on this one.

When my bf's parents say they'll pray for my mom (cancer) I usually try to be courteous without directly acknowledging the religious element. Usually something like, "she'd like that."

When it's some stranger, even if well intentioned (depending on my mood) I often reply with a sarcastic comment about how they should pray for an end to disease world wide rather than just individual attention to my mother. Seems kind of selfish to focus on just one person when there are millions in need. Sometimes it's something along the lines of "actually I already did a voodoo ritual, but if you think it will help go ahead with your incantations."

When it's someone who wants to change my nonfaith I usually laugh and ask them if they really think they are going to change my mind with magic.
A nice solution I think.

I like the voodoo part especially but do you have the proper equipment for voodoo? Probably requires rotten chicken bones and cat entrails and some doll images. I am no expert but you have to do these things correctly or you are just wasting your time. La!
I like to say that I hope they "see the light " of reason before they die




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