Whenever I encounter people who want to pray for me I am inevitably uncomfortable. What should I say? I suppose there are many things I could say but I usually just say thank you. I am honored that she cares enough about me and my needs that she wants to help. I have no belief that it will or even can help my situation but she does. It makes her feel better even if it does nothing for me.
Perhaps, like giving a gift, prayer helps the one who prays more than the object of the prayer.
There is some evidence that prayer does help. In this BBC News article some felt that prayer had helped.
But according to Dr David Laws of the University of Manchester the kind of
prayer which asks God to do something is only relevant if you have a
particular understanding of God.
So my conclusion is the same. If god is able to intervene and correct the problems he allowed to occur then what kind of god is he to have let it happen in the first place?
"It depends on God being an intervening God who breaks
into our world and mops up our mess whenever we make one."