When I first came to know Jesus I was impressed by how some people prayed. They spoke eloquently, with many words flowing powerfully to God. I tried to imitate them. I couldn’t at first. With practice I was eventually able to “pray like a Christian.” I found myself inadvertently demonstrating this to my friend who had been a Christian for years. When I was finished praying I triumphantly felt like a hypocrite. I realized that during all my “training” I was learning to pray so that the people that heard me would be impressed. I wasn’t praying to God.
God reminded me how He has talked to me. Short, simple, and meaningful. I decided to emulate Him. Now I pray to God, not people. And my prayers are usually one or two short sentences. And God has graciously provided for others, my family, and myself in response.