Prayer is the Master Key
To me, everyone is entitled to their opinion but writing down an entire prayer to read word for word takes away the intimacy and authenticity. This makes prayer more like a chore than actually making your request known to God or just having "a little talk with Jesus" as the song says. I don't think you need to type up a page of paper to go ask your dad for lunch money or keys to the family car. Yes, we often claim we don't want to forget something but my question is, when was the last time you actually put everything in one prayer? You can't because you will need a billion pages. This is why you pray and pray without ceasing because there will always be something left out that you want to talk to God about. So, keep the conversation going (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and intimate.
Now pause for a second, most of the time the problem we have is not the lack of faith or insufficient faith. The problem is our faith is misplaced or focused in the wrong direction. We often think our faith should be to believe that "God will answer" our prayers when in fact our faith MUST be to believe that our prayer will be answered in accordance with "God's will" by praying like Jesus when He said in Luke 22:42 "...not my will, but your's be done."
The bible encourages us to pray without ceasing. This means continuously as much as possible. Some may refer to this as babbling or repetition but the truth is, this is not the kind of babbling Jesus was referring to in Matthew 6:7. Jesus was referring to the pagans and hypocrites in general Matthew 6:5-8 because their words are empty because of the content of their heart. Jesus could careless about you English, French, Spanish or ability to memorize the dictionary for big words, synonyms and antonyms. So making an honest mistake by using two different words that means the same thing is not "babbling" or "repetition" in context.
It's always good to pray for forgiveness of sins including the sins that we don't know about. Sometimes we sin without even knowing it. We think we are doing something good when in fact it may not be the will of God. We fight the wrong battle many times when we should know His kingdom is not of this world. I personally pray for forgiveness of the sins I committed knowingly and unknowingly every night. This helps me to remember how grateful I should be for the power of grace and also helps to sleep well with a clear conscience on the nights that sleeping is an option. I remember at a very young age my dad would say thing like because you did everything on your checklist doesn't mean you did them right.
I remember we use to sing a song that says prayer is the master key as seen below. If we believe this to be true, how often do we utilize that master key to unlock the doors and obstacles in our way? Do we use that master key often to access the throne of mercy and talk to our Father? Or is that master key collecting dust from not being used? Even Jesus knew the importance of prayer and he prayed; so should we.