When you run into a person that you haven't seen in, oh, say, 5-8 years and they tell you 'you're in my prayers all the time', do you think they are actually telling you the truth? Do you think they actually think of you and include you in their prayers whenever they pray?
Whenever I hear someone say this, I always have to think to myself "Hmmm... I think this person has prayers mixed up with thoughts". Or, maybe they see themselves as so very pious that they consider prayers and thoughts as one and the same; that they are communicating with God through every single thought that rolls through their heads.
I work in a public building and I hear a lot of conversations in passing. I hear this phrase so often that you'd think everyone in my town does nothing but sit about and pray for each other. LOL. It rolls off peoples' tongues so freely and (seemingly) thoughtlessly that it has almost become an idiom; it has no real truth or meaning. Hearing this statement as often as I do, I just don't beleive that it can be a true statement 100% of the time.
Which begs the question, "Why do they say it?". If they are 'good Christians' then they would not dare LIE about what their prayers contain, would they? It does make one wonder.
Prayers are important things to Christians and to be included in one's prayers would make one Christian feel important to another Christian. It is unfair and misleading to say that you are praying for someone all the time if you are, in fact, not doing so.
I know that this is a very minor thing in the grand scheme of things, but these are the same people who would urge me to go to church and accept Jesus Christ so that I could be a 'better' person. These same individuals would tell me (to my face!) that I am going to hell because I do not believe in God. But it is OK to lie about your prayers?