Worship in Jesus day, was a highly structured affair, with written prayers for every occasion, and it's because written prayers offer some terrific benefits. First, they make it easier for us all to agree - and offer a common prayer. They also add to the unity of the historic Church as we unite with saints of all ages when we pray some of our prayers that are centuries old. Finally, it helps us put our thoughts to words accurately and eloquently. Saint Paul mentions prayer in every one of his epistles. In his letter to the Philippians, he says "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done." In his first letter to Timothy, the Blessed Apostle writes "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all." (He seems to be saying here that various types of prayer are important).
Yesterday I was looking for prayers that would be significant to gay men an women. From time to time I have written petitions that are appropriate for various lgbt events. I really don’t have all the answers of “how” we pray - these are just a few thoughts. It is certain to me though that prayer is important. Saint Paul reminds us of that when in his first letter to the Thessalonians,
he says “Pray continually.”
So do you have a favorite prayer? The Lord’s Prayer - called the Our Father by some, is a favorite of many. I mentioned here recently a favorite of mine - the Prayer of Humble Access. How about the rest of you - any thoughts?