We were at a wedding just a few weeks ago for someone very close to our family. It was a lovely wedding, but unfortunately, not without a bit of drama preceding the ceremony. When I intervened in an altercation that was underway, merely to point out that it wasn't the time or place for such a display, I understandably ruffled a few feathers. Thankfully, the participants went their separate ways, but I did receive a rather pointed look later on in the day from one of them in particular. This made me a little wary when, just as we are about to leave, this person approached me. I won't go into details, but this was a very odd encounter. It seemed as though she felt the need to pray for me, which I wouldn't ordinarily balk at, but given the previous events, and her, ahhh, unusual manner, I wasn't as thrilled as I could have been. She encouraged me to relax and said that I needed to be blessed because I had so many girls. I assured her that I had already been blessed by having those girls. In the end I just let her say her prayer so that I could leave without making another huge scene, but I was not at all comfortable with it.
So what do you do when someone wants to "bless" you, but you aren't certain of their heart? Many times these people do not mean any harm, so it's not a problem to humor them. At other times, the person may make you feel uncomfortable. And worst of all are times when you seriously question their intent. Most of the time I will allow someone to pray for me; as I said, people usually do so with the best intentions. Occasionally, if I feel uncomfortable, I try to excuse myself from the situation if I can do so gracefully. If not, I will do as I did on this occasion and allow the person their prayer, excusing myself as quickly as possible afterward. I certainly won't allow something that's making me uncomfortable drag on very long. And last of all are the times when you get a really bad "vibe" off the person offering to pray. In those cases it's best to excuse yourself as quickly as possible. For the most part, these are usually people you don't know anyway, so although you risk offending them, you probably won't see them again. If you do, and get to know them, then you can always apologize later if necessary.
People have all sorts of beliefs, and if they are determined to pray for you they will, even if you don't stand around while they do it, and there are weird people in the world who give you the creeps when they approach you offering to pray. But, my God is bigger than creepy people and misguided prayers. When in doubt, pray while they are praying - louder, if necessary to get your point across. Finally, I would add that you need to take into account the age of the person offering the prayer. Older people may be suffering from some sort of dementia which can make a well intended prayer seem confusing or uncomfortable. In the end, the age of the person who wanted to pray for me this time is partially why I allowed the prayer instead of excusing myself beforehand.
So, do I need blessing, or am I already blessed? Of course the answer to that is, both.