For anyone who really thinks this is a question, try and say no sometime.
I can’t help but wonder what someone is really saying when they ask me to pray for them. First of all, I can’t see it as anything but some intriguing form of “Christian-ese”. Of course it all depends on how you see prayer – I understand it as a conversation between God and the …pray-ee. Sorry, couldn’t think of a better word.
If that’s the case, then the question is, much more literally, “Can I talk to my God about you?” To me this sounds ridiculous; am I alone in that? Why should I have to give you permission to talk to God about me? Who am I, and in what place am I to stop you from doing it. Would it stop you? Would it encourage you? But I wonder if that’s really the point at all…
I see it as a cry for attention. They want to know that you know that they are going to pray for you. Does that creep anyone else out? To me that’s the same as telling the waitress how much of the tip was yours – or your kids that you spent more time on their Christmas presents than their mother. What’s the point? Why do it?
I still can’t think of anything.