It doesn't bother me. When somebody tells me they'll pray for me, I always respond by thanking them for their concern for me. But I always say it in a manner that makes it clear that I'm thanking THEM, while not expecting anything from their imaginary deity.
My back was realy bad once and a client told me that he would pray for God to heal my back. I said thank you and thought to myself can not wait to get home have a pain killer and a good glass of red wine.That should work faster.
My response would be, "OK, just so I'm clear on what you're saying, you intend to communicate telepathically with an extraterrestrial entity, whom you hope will magically arrange future events of my life so that they will occur in my favor - is that about it?"
It just means they will be thinking of you and wishing you well. Effectively nothing but ultimately, what else can they do?
@ matt - tell them that you would prefer to hear that they will be thinking of you and wishing you well.
I treat it the same as when someone says, "I'll drink to your health". I say thank you, the more people on the case, the better. Seriously, why let it bother you? The underlying message is simply, "I care". Does it matter if they say it differently?.
When they're like, "Oh, you're gay? I'll pray for you." Yeah, I find that insulting. Even when it's meant in a genuine and kind way, it's like, "Whatever, talk to yourself all you want."
"Oh, you're gay? I'll pray for you."
"Wow, you're going to pray me up a lesbian? Fantastic! Can I get one with short hair if its not too much trouble?"
New smash hit song "Pray me up a lesbian". I heard the people from the Greek island of Lesbos are peeved at Sappho already.
But what would your wife think?
She understands my sarcasm :)
praying makes things worse for the person you pray for.
So yeah i would be pretty offended if they wished ill willed against yahweh.