I hate that statement! I despise it! It is usually said condescendingly, as if your interlocutor is stupid, or it is said out of laziness: that you will “pray” but not really do much else.
Don’t get me wrong. In the right context, of course, this is perfectly acceptable. When a friend struggles with his tests in a discipline you don’t know, then “I’ll pray for you” is perfectly acceptable.
Let me tell you what I have in mind. There is this organization on Facebook which gathers funds to help a number of people suffering from all kinds of diseases, whether it’s blindness, cleft palate or whatever.
I came across this group out of a sense of anger. I saw news on how some CEO assaulted a woman called “Bianca Fourie”. Now in South Africa everything is viewed in terms of race. So I googled “Bianca Fourie” to see which sites actually state this case in racial terms. I had an agenda. But then I discovered another “Bianca Fourie”:
I don’t know why, but I just knew I had to help. So I looked her up and I came across the Facebook page managing the donations. It was said that the next operation of like R700 000 is needed otherwise she’ll die! I think what spurred me on is how relatable she seems. It’s one thing to hear about people dying of some disease in some far away country. But a young girl, in your country, only slightly younger, that speaks your language, and lives relatively nearby… that realisation drove the issue home to me. So I went through a little bit of trouble to donate the very little bit I, as as student, can afford (a mere drop in the ocean).
That was a few days ago.
For some reason I suddenly remembered her and I looked her up again on that Facebook donor page. And here I just find people saying “I’ll pray for you”, “In God’s name”, “Amen”. Now, granted, I don’t want to come off as a judgmental prick. The people who write this have good intentions in mind. And there’s nothing wrong with praying for her. That’s good. But I saw the same pattern on other suffering people in the group and it sickened me.
Why don’t you actually DO something? The page is not there to make people aware so they can “pray”. It’s there so they can HELP. You know, actually do something? You have parents on their wits end, seeing their loved once slowly dying, slowly turning blind, slowly losing a part of life or life itself.
I think it was Paul who said that we should put our faith into practice.
And I know I’m a hypocrite. So much money I spent on random bullshit, when people out there need money to save their dying daughter. I’m aware of this. And this was my first act of charity in years. We are all evil and we all have the wrong priorities. I just needed to vent.
Here’s a story on her: https://rekordeast.co.za/169214/girl-in-need-of-urgent-surgery/
And here’s the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/childmedi.org/posts/2039636459646902
Contact the page to get the details on how to donate.