That being said, I have an absolute respect for the role of religion in the private life of every individual, whatever their faith (or lack thereof), citizenship, place of residence and what have you. So when a friend tells me they pray, I respect what prayer means to them and for them.
When a friend tells me they pray for me and my cancer, I respect that as well. That isn't a statement about my relationship with faith. That's a statement about their relationship with faith.
I'm saying this because people on Facebook and in my blog comments fairly often tell me they're praying for me, and somewhat less often but still frequently apologize for that. Please, pray if your spirit is so moved. I don't have to believe in your faith. It's enough for me that you do.
And to those who do pray for me, thank you.