This kind of thing is why contemporary praise and worship will ultimately implode and fail God’s people completely:
Formal language and “perfectly read” prayers are not recommended for contemporary worship. People appreciate the touching sincerity of informal prayer. “Heartfelt” prayer also teaches/models simple prayer language that anyone can use at home, in the car, the office, etc.
This was a footnote in a contemporary order of service that was mis-forwarded to me in an email. Let’s take a look at the underlying assumptions:
A silly pastor I must be. I always thought God heard prayer, and that he acted for, in, and upon his people in worship.
Edit: This is not to go and denigrate extemporaneous prayer. Certainly it is as valid and as heard by God as is the Our Father. But I do take exception to the assertions that are made in this email. It ain’t about how good you feel when you hear the pray-er pray. It’s about the mercy and grace of the Triune God who hears and answers prayer. And any prayer, prayed in faith, is pleasing to God (1 Pet. 312).