Often when we are going through a rough time a perfectly well intended friend with religious beliefs might say "I'll pray for you." At times in my life I've been so down on religion that such an encounter would really bother me. Fortunately with age we tend to become more laid back, and these days I'm able to appreciate the good intentions of a person with some false ideas.
Granted nothing fails like prayer, that is a basic fact of life. But expressing an intention to pray for someone in the context above is not meant to be an effective solution to a problem as much as an expression of sympathy. I think we must allow people to be kind to us and each other, as it propagates more kindness ultimately.
If somebody does something nice for a silly reason they still did something nice.
I wonder how a Christian feels when an acquaintance who is Muslim says "I'll pray for you?"
Isn't it incumbent on all of us to hold the door open to the possibility of just getting along?
There are other cases when "I'll pray for you" can be an insult, for example spoken by a bigot to a gay person they are harassing for Jesus. Such people are just fuckfaces.