Praying can be difficult, I get that. Besides taking the time to actually do it and pray for all the things you think are important, there are the words of our prayers that so many of us worry about. I encourage people to mess up with their prayer words. Expand the way you pray and the types of praying you do. Who cares if you use the “wrong words”? We’ve been promised the Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf because we don’t know how to pray. So, you might as well let it get a little messy.
He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, “God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax-collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.” But the tax-collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.’
More important than the words of your prayers are the prayers of your words.