We get to know God by communicating with Him. When we pray, we are going straight to God in our own voice and our own words. There’s no need to recite or memorize anything, just be yourself! God already knows everything about you. He knows what you sound like and who you are.
Your prayers are welcome! Pray in your mind, pray out loud, and remember that you can go directly to God in prayer at any time. You don’t have to have a specific prayer to pray, you can just talk to Him about what is going on in your life. I tell God when I’m irritable, when my feelings are hurt, when I’m in pain. I talk to God about the things I’m trying to improve on. I thank God for the help He gives me, and how He loves me and gives me second (and third and fourth…) chances. God is a wonderful counselor–He is patient and loving, He’s never too busy to talk with you, and He won’t lose interest or forget what you talk about! There is a wonderful feeling of freedom when you talk to God, because everything is already on the table, and He wants to be there! Pray in your own voice, be your authentic self, and He will draw close to you.