Do you really pray after you write "Don't worry, i'll pray for you"?

@I_LUV_U (2519)
India
August 10, 2007 1:15pm CST
Just see the below illustration. I'll tell you upfront its just a sample ILLUSTRATION, not something which has actually happened in a discussion. DISCUSSION; My dear friends, i'm really scared of my exams starting from tommorrow. I've been studying seriously only from past few weeks and have'nt not been able to finish even half the Syllabus yet. I'm very much nervous and have no confidence of passing the examination. I think i'll fail in the exams. A little encouragement and a bit of advice from your side would help me perform better. RESPONSE; Hello sweety, you don't worry so much about it dear, exams come and go, if not this time, you'll clear them at next attempt. Just take your studies a bit more seriously from now onwards, atleast. Just give your best shot and come back. Don't worry, i will PRAY for you. Take care. ------------------------------------------VACATION----------------------------------------------- Ok, fine, exams got over, followed by vacation and finally results are also out. HAPPY NEWS!! S/he has PASSED. The Almighty heard your PRAYERS!! Now the big question is, Did you really Pray? You need not pray loudly like "Oh lord!, please let XYZ clear the exams, s/he really is a sweet-heart". Atleast once for that person, in your mind? I'll be 100% frank and say i've not done that ever, but i've used "I'll pray for you" a many times. I still have to start my first prayer. SORRY. LOL Awaiting your HONEST answers....lol
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• United States
10 Aug 07
I never promised a prayer and didn't pray.I don't say literally what the person is asking for but I ask God to help this person find peace , to lead them to right thing and to give them what is best for them , to forgive them and take away their pains, it is a simple prayer but it's heard up there.
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
10 Aug 07
Its not a serious promise we make generally, i guess. Its more of a habit for me. Never taken that so seriously. But i should from now atleast, there is some pleasure in praying for others. You said you ask god for others' peace, then you are doing very good i must say, keep it up.
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@Xikeon (22)
• Netherlands
10 Aug 07
Neither have I. I never say I'll pray for them, I just wish them good luck and always say that I know that they can do it if they work for it! And that's actually always the truth...
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@cmsk2005 (1770)
• United States
10 Aug 07
I do actually if i read something really hurts me and i think our prayer can make a difference I pray while i read that means i pray before i write it on the pag that "I will pray for you". This comes very naturally when i feel sad for somebody or something and i want it to be alright again
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
10 Aug 07
Ok, If you have'nt read anything really hurtful and just something as in my illustration, would you pray? Tell me with 100% frankness:p
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@AmbiePam (86206)
• United States
10 Aug 07
Well, to be honest, in a situation like that, I don't tell them I'm going to pray for them. If they study earnestly, I think they will get through with or without my prayers. And if I were to pray for that person, it would be along the lines of, 'Lord, please help this person to remember everything they studied.' My dad had a professor once who prayed (it was not a public university) before his class, and this is the gist of what he said, "Lord, for those who studied and studied hard, give them peace so that they remember what they need to. And for the rest of those who did not study, Lord, please let them flunk the test." I'm not kidding you. My dad said it made everyone really study, LOL. I'm sure the professor used it as a psychological trick. Anyway, back to the topic at hand. If someone is going through an illness, loss of a loved one, or financial hardships that they themselves did not cause, I will respond that I'll pray for them, and I honestly do. It may be just once, but when I say I'll do it, I really will. : )
@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
10 Aug 07
perfect response, very well said:) I'm impressed.
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@eshaan (6188)
• India
11 Aug 07
I have. i have prayed seriously for many, recently for sanjay dutt, but god didn't listen to me, maybe he listen in SC and he will get bail there,i have hopes. I don't know the details of all the case, but i like him and i pray for all those i like.
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
19 Aug 07
So, if you like someone, even if he is a criminal you'll pray for him? If so, that's a bad habit i must say.
@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
26 Aug 07
He is back to the same "trauma" he has been going through all these 14 years. Seems like no salvation for him:p
@ashar123 (2357)
• India
10 Aug 07
Whenever I have replied to a response and if I have wished or prayed in it for other or anyone else, I actually do it from the bottom of my heart.
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@fab315 (1231)
• Philippines
11 Aug 07
If i tell the person I'll pray for her, I will do it. Before or after sending the message I close my eyes and pray. It may not be a long prayer, but a sincere one. Everyday, before I go to sleep I always pray, and my friends are always in it, including other people, that God will help them in all their needs. I do believe that prayer is a very powerful tool, and it won't take a lot of your time. It takes only a second or a minute to utter a prayer. Take care. cheers! :D
@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
19 Aug 07
Don't just utter something, you should be fully conscious of what you are saying. Do you know the complete meaning of all the prayers you say? OR you just memorised it roughly?
@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
26 Aug 07
Ok, cool. Cheers!
@fab315 (1231)
• Philippines
20 Aug 07
Hello! You got me wrong when I say it takes only a second or minute to utter a prayer. I'm a believer of prayers and how powerful they are. I'm a Catholic and praying plays a major role in my life. And I tell you i'm 100% concious of what i'm saying, I don't pray nonesense and I don't pray unless i'm not sincere. I pray spontaneously and don't need to memorize a prayer, except for the rosary and other prayers. And I DO KNOW the complete meaning of every prayer I say, every word of it. Praying doesn't mean you have to kneel down or lock yourself in the room or just be in a holy place, you can close your eyes and say a prayer anytime anywhere as long as you're sincere and a believer. Thanks. cheers! :D
• China
11 Aug 07
To be frank, I do not pray when I say this to some one. actually I just want to console and make the person feel at ease. I do pray when I am really worried of somebody. I still remember I prayed so seriously and earnestly once when my mother was ill and staying in the hospital.
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
19 Aug 07
That's very honest of you, i appreciate your honesty. Don't be reluctant to change, you can do it from this day itself
@lecanis (16647)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
10 Aug 07
If I say I'll pray for someone (or more likely send energy or hold a healing ritual or whatever), then I do it. In fact, every day all day long I feel like I'm in contact with my deities, so if I just say "I'll pray for you" most likely I do it just that moment. =) I hold a healing ritual for myself every week anyway, so anyone else having health problems that I know gets included in that, or if they have an emergency situation, I might have a separate ritual for them. That's just how I do things. If I say I'm going to do something, I do it. =)
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@lecanis (16647)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
11 Aug 07
Nope. In fact, saying "I'll pray for you" is something I have to think about in the first place, because in my religion it wouldn't necessarilu be said that way. I've just adopted using the phrase "pray" because it makes people of other religions more comfortable. So if I say "I'll pray for you" it took enough thinking that I'm going to remember to do it.
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
19 Aug 07
I know you are a very religious person, i've seen you being a part of many religious discussions. I'm not very much, i'm still in the learning stage, from this discussion i came to know what importance the prayer is of, i've also become more serious about it now. Thanks for being a part of my discussion.
@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
10 Aug 07
just as a habit, don't you write "I'll pray for you" sometimes?
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@abroji (3247)
• India
11 Aug 07
A very nice topic. Often people promise to pray for others. But it ends up there. I am no exception. But on the instance of giving that promise itself I will request God to allow the person to achieve the object. In fact I don't pray ina conventional way. Not even for me.
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@abroji (3247)
• India
20 Aug 07
Thank you for the comment.
@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
19 Aug 07
i like your honesty.
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@whyaskq (7523)
• Singapore
11 Aug 07
Telling a person that you will pray is a big thing to me. I often pray before I write. And pray again after posting. If I remember again after some time, I do pray. It is no big effort if one is sincere.
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
19 Aug 07
that's so sweet:)
@mummymo (23706)
12 Aug 07
I always try to be honest sweety and I do always pray or people when I tell them I will - otherwise my conscience would never stop nagging me! Most of my prayers are silently in my head but they come from the heart! As I was reminded earlier today ,my youngest daughter was conceived after 6 months of fertility treatment failed - what helped me - the prayers of my friends at church - they had a large prayer session and hey ho I conceived my daughter in weeks! xxxx
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
24 Aug 07
That must have strengthened your belief in prayers. I too believe in praying, i was not all that serious about it though, but now i'm, after reading all your responses. Thank you for responding.
@derek_a (10874)
11 Aug 07
Personally, I never say that I will pray. I meditate every day and I hold the person in my mind (through the post they have made) and focus on healing for them during my meditation. To some people that may be praying, but to me that is visualising and praying is like pleading. If I make a promise I will always carry it out, because to me, that's what makes life work more effectively. :-)
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
19 Aug 07
you are right, everyone has his/her own views about prayer. some may do it asking some favour and some may do it for just peace of mind. your response is quite interesting. you are hitting two birds with a single bullet, making yourself more concentrated as well as praying for the other through your focus.
@dheaja (171)
• Indonesia
11 Aug 07
I've never write I'll pray for you in a discussion board. However I say it many times in real life. But I never really pray for those person. I pray for everybody around me, all my friends and family, all people I know. But I've never pray only for those whom I calm.
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
19 Aug 07
when you pray, do it for everyone. pray for the world peace.
• Indonesia
11 Aug 07
I just say.. "Wish you good luck!" That's all. It won't be just if I say "Oh God, please give my friend some miracle, so s/he will pass exams.." So.. How about those who don't pass? I think you won't really pray for eveyone. You must have someone you annoyed with. A comforting answers is enough. Just give him/her the solutions. Give him/her support while s/he is facing exams. Anything that makes him/her confident and stay calm. I think that's what s/he need from us.
@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
19 Aug 07
Anyway, that was just an example.
@flowerchilde (12529)
• United States
10 Aug 07
That's funny! And it's why I learned to pray right then! Afterall, I don't think it's necessarily the length of the prayer that matters. And when are we feeling the most sincere, than when we have just read of the need? The thing is, my attention is constantly moving forward and anything behind me is rather a blur! Though there have been one or two times someone has actually come to my mind later! So I said another little prayer..
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
10 Aug 07
LOL. you should pray as soon as possible, PRAYER DELAYED IS PRAYER DENIED....lol. But your moving forward attitude is good, don't look back at what you lost, march on.
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@meme0907 (3481)
• United States
11 Aug 07
Hey I_LU, I can honestly say I instantly pray or pray at my nightly prayers for people who have asked for prayer here at MyLot. I must say to you that I feel it helps ppl to know that others are praying for them but on that same token God frowns on you for falsely represetnig yourself.
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
19 Aug 07
LOL...god is within ourselves.
• United States
10 Aug 07
I do pray for different people but it depends on what they want me to pray for. The example you gave would all depend on whether the person deserved it or had been lazy and not studying for the exam. Now for people who are ill or in desperate need then I would certainly pray for them.
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• United States
20 Aug 07
I would not pray for anyone online or offline to pass an exam. I pray for online and offline people if it is a serious health problem.
@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
19 Aug 07
If someone asks you online to pray for them passing the exams, would you? You won't be knowing whether they really studied or not.
@sophylline (1041)
• Philippines
11 Aug 07
Lol. I will not ask for prayers from you then. But, personally, I seriously do just that. When I do let one out "I will pray for you", it will be done. I may not at times go down on my knees, but I will say a little prayer deep in my heart. Although, there are times that I do go to the church, when someone asks me with urgency. It is not my habit to say something and not do it. Especially when it's as sacred as saying a prayer.
@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
19 Aug 07
actually, nobody asks for prayers, we should do it ourselves. its quite embarassing to ask others to pray for us, is'nt it?
@fredgame (1260)
• China
11 Aug 07
it's like some of us pray when we really have something do for success or we're in trouble and really need help. is it that when we pray and suceed, do you say thank you?
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
19 Aug 07
haha...you've a point. but you did'nt answer to my questions specifically.
@juviez (23)
• Philippines
11 Aug 07
yes
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• United States
30 Aug 07
We aren't supposed to give one word answers. And we aren't supposed to answer twice.