Why do some atheists get mad when I say I’m praying for them? Well, it’s a little self-serving if you know the person is an atheist. Imagine I said I was thirsty, and you took a drink of water and asked me if I felt better. Praying makes a religious person feel better and as if they’re helping in some way. It does nothing for the atheist who is being prayed for. It is nice to know that someone cares, but not when that person is disrespecting you. Again, this only applies if someone knows you’re an atheist.