Q. Is it wrong for me to take my prayers from a book of prayers? I grew up in a church that does this, but a friend of mine says I ought to make up my own prayers. But how do I know I'll say the right thing if I do that?
Prayer is simply talking with God – praising him, confessing our sins, bringing our burdens and concerns to him, and thanking him for who he is and all he has done for us.
But prayer is also a privilege – God wants us to pray! And he isn't offended if our efforts at prayer fall short of perfection. If you have children, do you remember when they first started to speak to you? Their words weren't eloquent or perfect – but that didn't matter to you.
The same is true with God. He is our loving heavenly Father – and he delights in our prayers, no matter how simple or humble they may seem.
Written prayers may have their place; I have found them useful myself from time to time. But don't be afraid to speak to God in your own words also. God delights in the prayers of his people.