And what you say, of course, depends on the God to whom you're praying.
- If your God is an impersonal force, for instance, then your prayer will be a recipe, i.e. a list of directions that must be followed precisely in order to get the results you want. (See also Magic.)
- If your God is a grudging bureaucrat, on the other hand, then your prayer is an attempt to make sure the right forms have been completed in order to get the results you want. (See also most books on "How to Pray with Power.")
- But if your God is a loving Father, then you talk with Him -- and even if you "say something wrong" (whatever that means), then you know that's okay. Yes, you know He knows you well enough to know what you were trying to say, and loves you enough that He doesn't hold this against you.
In short, it's not so much how you pray that counts.
It's who's listening.