FWIW, I dropped the “thee” and “thou” language for my personal prayers not too long ago. I found I’m more genuine and sincere if my mind is free to express itself in the simplest manner. Sometimes prayer isn’t vocal at all for me, just intense concentration/meditation on God’s will.
As far as vain repetition, I always remind myself that Jesus doesn’t want vain repetition. It seems that repetition in and of itself is fine, so long as it isn’t vain. Moreover, sincere prayer can be repeated. After all, prayer isn’t for God, according to Jesus during the Sermon on the Mount, but it’s for us. So I say: “pray as you may.”
Just my two Lincolns.]]>