I am offended by the idea of prayer. Am I in the minority here? Prayer, in my opinion, is the act of pretending you are doing something when in fact, you are doing nothing. This is worse than simply doing nothing.
If I fall ill and find myself in a hospital bed, a friend handing me a "get well soon" card will mean so much more to me than a friend offering prayers. Simply saying "I'll pray for you" is nothing more than an insult. Prayer is a cop-out when you can't be arsed to actually contribute.
Again I ask, is it just me?
Sometimes. I feel frustrated. I was recently out with a friends who was having problems at her work with her boss. After explaining to me the situation, she asked for my advice. I gave her (what i thought was) valid advice , told her to talk to her boss and work things out. She then replied, "ehh, I just really need to pray about it." What a slap in the face, not to mention a waste a time.
Some, not all, people use prayer as a substitute for action, and that is when it boils.