Not being religious, I have always preferred to use my own words when addressing divinity. Although as a child I was encouraged to memorize most of the usual prayers and to recite them like a parrot, soon this felt very impersonal and I gave it up as a bad job.
It always reminded me of “fast food”…”fast praying”….”ready made”…
Despite that, I can not fail to recognize the beauty and wisdom woven in certain prayers, and I did hold on to some old favourites.
The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference