There was a time not so long ago that me saying the phrase "I'll pray for you" often meant nothing of the sort. It should have been a promise. A powerful statement. But instead I was using it as a term of comfort when I had nothing else to say. Not only was it essentially a lie but I was robbing the person of the prayers they truly needed. Now, I'm not being conceited here and saying that my prayers are magical or special. Not at all. In fact, I'm fairly certain God can do anything without my help. But, the thing is praying isn't a suggestion, it's a command.
It doesn't say "pray if you want to" or "pray when the time is right" it says "pray continually"and that is something I have been trying to work on. So, I've been making a concerted effort to not overuse the phrase "I'll pray for you" as well. If I say it for everything and then don't pray at all then that is not fair to that person and I feel guilty as well.
My prayer today:
God, please help me to truly pray for other people and not use "I'll pray for you" as a flippant phrase. I know you long for me to truly care about others and direct them to you. Thank you for the people in my life. Amen.