(Closed) NWR: "I'll pray for you."

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: If you say "I'll pray for you," it means...
    I will literally pray for you. : (48 votes)
    45 %
    I will keep you in my thoughts and send positive vibes. : (38 votes)
    36 %
    Just good luck, I do nothing else. : (12 votes)
    11 %
    That's why they put the I in FBI. : (8 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 2
    4150 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’m not religious, so I never use that phrase as it makes me a bit uncomfortable saying it, knowing that I won’t actually be praying.  However I always took it that when people told me they would pray for me, is that they will keep me/my situation in their thoughts and not literally pray. 

    I have no idea though!! Will be interesting to read what those who use the phrase actually mean!

    Post # 3
    356 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2016

    If I tell someone I’m going to pray for them, I usually do it right then and there if I can. Sometimes it’s later, but I believe that saying that shouldn’t be an empty sentiment.

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 7 months ago by  WifeyGtoBe. Reason: spelling
    Post # 4
    46388 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    peachacid:  The meaning will vay depending on who is saying it.

    Some people do pray for strangers.

    Some people mean they will keep you in mind.

    Some people just say it to sound like they care.

    It’s not a phrase I would use.


    Post # 5
    1326 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon

    peachacid:  as a very devoted Christian I never use it. I feel like it had no meaning anymore because so many people never do. 

    When someone tells me they’ll pay for me (unless I asked them to) I usually feel a little annoyed.

    Post # 6
    2576 posts
    Sugar bee

    My mother uses this as an annoyance/guilt tactic so I don’t care for the phrase personally


    Post # 7
    2551 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    peachacid:  My family is all very religious so if they say they’ll pray for you, they literally mean it and more than likely will do it right then & there or right after you leave (my dad loves to ‘lay hands on you’ while he’s praying and freaked my brothers gf out when he did that the first time). Some may or may not call in the church phone tree & get the whole dang church praying for ya! I’m not religious so I do not use the phrase, but I will say I’m keeping you in my toughts or sending you good vibes or something similar. 

    It used to bother me that my family would always say they would pray for me, but its just the way they are and they pray over everything anyway so there’s no sense in me getting upset or angry about it… 

    Post # 8
    4525 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    I wouldn’t say it unless I meant it. However, I don’t say it much since I’m not sure how strangers feel about prayer. I’m more likely to say it to friends and family who also believe in God

    Post # 9
    1558 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    peachacid:  I rarely use the term, but when I do, I literally take a moment and say a prayer.

    Post # 10
    2494 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I tend not to say it to people if they tell me of a situation that I feel requires prayer. I will usually pray for them anyway, silently, then and there. I also tend to pray for situations I see. (Usually if I see or hear an emergency vehicle I shall pray).

    If someone sends out a request for prayer then I will let them know I am praying. 

    Post # 11
    4660 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    peachacid:  I’m not religious, so I purposely keep that particular string of words out of my vocabulary.  Instead, I say, “You’re in my thoughts.”  Because they ARE.  I’m not going to say something for comfort if I don’t mean it.  If they won’t be in my thoughts, a simple “I’m sorry you’re going through this” will suffice.

    Post # 12
    1482 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’m not that religious but when people say it I take it to mean that they are thinking about me and whatever problem I’m having, not that they will actually pray. I take it to be a nice gesture though 🙂

    Post # 13
    10572 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I don’t say it as often as some, but when I do I almost always follow through.  Depending on how I know the person and the situation, I will ask instead.  Sometimes though, a timely response isn’t expected, so sometimes I’ll use the thoughts & prayers phrase and follow through.

    Post # 14
    1736 posts
    Bumble bee

    peachacid:  “I’ll pray for you” can totally be an insult. Kind of like “Bless your heart” can be.

    Post # 15
    629 posts
    Busy bee

    I’m an athiest so I’d never say this. I also get very uncomfortable when religious people say it to me. 

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