I really pray, but I'm sure some people don't. When I commit to prayer for someone, it is not a "let's do lunch sometime" escape clause with no meat behind it. It is a commitment of time and earnest communication on the behalf of the situation or person. Prayers are not instead of help. Prayers are in addition to help. At least for the folks in my church, I can say that is the case. For some people, this statement is the case, "More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of." If you are a person of prayer, that is your belief. Prayer can change things that people can't. I know that there are hypocrites in every aspect of life, including religious people, or whatever term is appropriate to use there. I know that prayer may not mean much to some. That's okay. It doesn't diminish my belief in its power, and it doesn't diminish my commitment to pray for people. However, I know that by listening to this thread that some people see a promise to prayer as a cop out for physical assistance. That's okay too. It just gives me a clear perspective on the views of others, and I will do my best to be careful not to state that I am praying for those who see it as a polite statement to avoid engagement. I appreciate hearing everyone's viewpoint. It's been instructive. And, I'll continue to pray for those who request it. I think some of this conversation results from so many people of faith lacking wisdom and discernment and faithfulness. You are inspiring me to be super careful. Thanks!