Originally Posted by mamadelbosque
What response are you looking for? I was just told this at the park yesterday after a woman I & a friend (who is a born again christian) had just met when I told her I was an athiest/didn't believe in god. And I was just kinda dumbfounded... I sorta laughed it off (though I think I told her 'sure I don't really care... good luck with that' or something...), but its kinda bugged me ever since... I asked DH last night (whose family is much more religious than mine, and thus he understands the perspective a lot more than I do)... and he said I should just say "sure, thank you". But that just seems... odd to me.
SO! If you've ever told someone "I'm going to pray for you" - what response were you looking for/hoping for. If anyone has ever told you this, what was your response?
Was she going to pray for you because you are an atheist in the hopes that you would convert?
Because I would have a totally different reaction to that than if she was praying for you that you were going to get a new job or positive news on a medical test etc.
For me the difference is putting good thoughts out into the universe for my happiness and well being, versus dismissive of my world view. And so I would say thank you for the first and "don't bother" for the second.
LOL ETA I see I am not alone.
I read once (probably here on Mothering) of a great response to this sort of thing and I wish I could remember exactly how it was worded.
It was something along the lines of "if you truly believe your God is all knowing and all seeing and already at work in people's lives, don't you think you should trust him to do with me what he sees fit?"
My sister prays for conversion for members of our family who are different faiths and her lack of understanding of why it is inappropriate and arrogant causes huge rifts in our family. Honestly I wish people would focus on their own spiritual journey.