It is so easy for us to become wrapped up in how we pray — an emphasis on our own “prayer skills” — that we can come to believe that our act of praying, our choice of words and our “faith” is what really matters. Karl Barth addresses this misunderstanding nicely:
Grace itself is the answer to this question. When we are comforted by the grace of God, we being to pray with or without words.
How wonderful it is when we see that prayer is not ultimately bounded by our foundation but God's grace!