Anyway, sometimes those old prayers come in handy when you don't know what else to say, and they can strike you as so true when something hits you in a new light. I was a little overwhelmed by the idea of truly telling God to do God's will in my life. What if God's will is really hard? I sort of instinctively continued praying "Give us this day our daily bread." I was impressed with how appropriate the order of the prayer is. When faced with the prospect of anything God wants coming to pass, all I can do is pray that God will give me what I need one day at a time.
Growing up seeing so many churches where people seemed to be mindlessly repeating prayers and liturgy sort of gave me a prejudice against that stuff for awhile. I think the pendulum may have swung too far away from traditional prayers and readings. If a person learns and understands the Lord's Prayer as a child, they can fall back on it in times when they don't know what else to say, like I did the other day. Similarly, the Apostle's Creed isn't just an empty list of ideas, but a quick reference of the basic beliefs of Christianity. That's why it was created.
Apparently, even though the Church made a lot of mistakes over the years, there are actually reasons behind a lot of stuff we do. Maybe we should learn what those reasons are.