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.
I'm not easily offended to begin with. Even though, I know it doesn'y do anything, I usually ignore it. I think it's something theists like to say, but I believe very few actually do it. Either way it has no affect on me. Too many people these days are too easily offended. If it doesn't affect me, why should I let it bother me.
Just tell them you'd rather have money, if they're insistent (obviously they didn't get the point) then say "OK then, (sigh) I'll take the blow-job."
That should take you off their pray list. :D