I'm not going to ask anymore.A guy asked me if he could pray for me.
Naturally, I said 'yes'.
I'd have to be a 'class-A' jerk to say 'no'.
Especially in this context...
...the guy was a pastor and I was doing a show at his church.
"The comedian wouldn't let me pray for him."
"...have we already sent his check?"
Why ask permission to pray for someone?
Odds are that you're going to do it anyway.
...especially if they say 'no'.
So I'm not going to ask anymore.
Let them try to stop me.
GUY 1: "You look good!"
GUY 2: "Thanks! I almost died in that car accident. Wasn't expected to live then...wait a second!"
GUY 1: "What is it?"
GUY 2: "I distinctly told you NOT to pray for me! And suddenly I'm fully healed?"
GUY 1: "You can't prove anything!"
GUY 2: "I should be dead! You should keep your religion to yourself!"
There's no need to make a scene.
I can offer covert prayers....
People say "bless you" after a sneeze.
That's basically a renegade prayer.
No green light from the sneezer.
It'd be awkward otherwise.
GUY 1: "Achoooo!"
GUY 2: "May I say bless you?"
GUY 1: "To what faith do you adhere?"
GUY 2: "Sir, I am a Christian."
GUY 1: "Protestant or Catholic?"
GUY 2: "Protestant."
GUY 1: "Denominational?"
GUY 2: "Methodist."
GUY 1: "Reformed?"
GUY 2: "Yes."
GUY 1: "Keep your blessing to yourself, heathen!"
GUY 2: "Very well...here's a tissue."
However things play out, I'm done asking permission.
It's probably obnoxious to some.
But it's not like I'm buying a billboard in Times Square.
(BTW: I prayed for the billboard sponsors...)