A few months before I gave birth to my daughter last year, my husband and I went out to lunch with a fantastic couple who befriended us when we lived in our apartment. As we were getting ready to part ways, the husband said to us, "You'll be in my prayers! My thoughts won't do much for you, but my prayers will." I delighted in his comment, because it was true.
Don't get me wrong: if you're thinking warm thoughts about me while I'm in labor, or giving a presentation, or taking a test, or attempting for the fiftieth time to get my baby to drink from a sippy cup instead of just chewing on the spout, I appreciate the solidarity. I do. It's comforting. If I'm on your mind and in your heart, that means something to me. But ultimately, it's not efficacious in the way that prayer is. And I've grown weary of the pretense that it is.
In recent times, I've heard multiple people say that they're "sending positive thoughts" or "sending positive energy" to someone who needs support. Now, pardon me for saying so, but that's a bunch of New Age bull. You can't "send" thoughts or energy to someone of your own accord. You can tell them that you are, were, or will be thinking of them; you can ask God to help them; you can do both. But sending out some kind of warm & fuzzy thought & energy transmission? I'm afraid that just doesn't work.
So please, folks. If you're not the praying kind and you want to tell me you're thinking of me, go ahead: I appreciate it. But don't try to circumvent God with some crazy feeling transmitter. That's nothing but a would-be prayer where you're the god.