I would think I'd had some profound insight when it was actually just profoundly retarded.
Pretty sure that's my whole life in a sentence
I can't see any good reason to have someone elses conversation with God.
Shots fired. I co-led a house church with an Anglican priest, he was as far Catholic as you could get while still being protestant. He liked the calendar, saints days, and prayer books, that kinda thing. Always made it very interesting. I learned to appreciate him and his ways. I don't like those pre-written prayers either, but if you lack words you can use what thousands of other brothers have found helpful. Takes the pressure off to make the "right" prayer because it's already been tried and has worked over the years.
developing a personal dialogue with God
I'm wary of this wording because it's too close to the feminist Jesus-as-my-boyfriend language. I've learned to cringe at this kind of language. It's not in scripture and it's distasteful to men. For this reason I hang on verses like these:
"Don’t make rash promises, and don’t be hasty in bringing matters before God. After all, God is in heaven, and you are here on earth. So let your words be few." -Ecc 5
"And when you pray, do not babble on like pagans, for they think that by their many words they will be heard." -Matt 6
My prayer is often just a few sentences with a lot of meditation on God and his words. My theory is that men with "deep" prayer lives do not necessarily talk more. I could be wrong.
Protestants are some of the worst offenders when it comes to letting people (especially women) pray on and on in public. Because it's "rude" to stop them. You know the kind, the ones who use the words "Father God" and "just" every other word and go on for ten minutes saying what they could have in 30 seconds. In such circumstances pre-written prayers start to make a lot of sense, honestly.