OK, let's blow into another conundrum.
A perfect reason for my desire of an interfaith prayer came up.
Someone has a loved one fighting health issues.
Me saying, I'll pray for you...is a joke for me...and a joke for anyone who knows me.
Does any believer really want a nonbeliever to pray a less than truthful prayer?
Praying in Jesus name or to a G!d I don't believe in ....does lip service by an atheist mean anything to believers or your G!d?
I would so rather say an affirmative prayer for folks that I actually believe.
Flip side...and this occurred repeatedly when I was in the hospital...from well meaning friends, doctors, nurses and hospital staff...
When someone outwardly says 'I'll pray for you' or makes gang signs, looks or points up, mentions Jesus or Allah or G!d to look out for me. It physically turns my stomach, it instantly makes my attitude and outlook worse as a nonbelievers listening to folks invoke a supernatural being.
That being said outside of interfaith I imagine died in the wool Christian bible thumpers may have similar issues if someone prays to Allah, or lights incense and chants, or invokes something else contrary to their beliefs on their behalf.
I would love to be able to say some sort of prayer for them that did not disrupt their healing...and not be a hypocritical collection of words on my part.
Another piece of the puzzle for you to chew on about the weird workings of wils mind...if a doc or nurse before surgery or a procedure or after a trying event, if I see or hear them pray FOR THEMSELVES to get thru this, to perform successfully...I got no issues with that...do whatever ritual, prayer, breathing technique you require to get your mind clear and nerves focused to do your job...I welcome that.