In prison on Sunday, it being Father's Day, the chaplain was talking about the Lord's prayer. He mentioned one group where all the members set their alarm for midday to remind them to say it.
Lying in bed, after my usual short prayers, I thought I'd say it and think about what I was saying rather than just parrot it but, doing it like that, the trouble was I kept forgetting what the next line was and had to go back to the beginning and start again.
So I got in lots of 'thy will be done's but not many 'deliver us from evil's.
When I pray I reassure myself that a short to-the-point prayer is all the Jesus recommends. I can forget all the flowery words and repetitions - unlike Husband, God won't forget if I don't say it five times - I can just go straight to the nitty gritty. In the Lord's prayer all our needs are covered in very few words; and for specifics I don't have to explain to God what the situation is and how I think he should deal with it. He is, after all, slightly smarter than I am.