Focus and specificity are always positive attributes for articulating a prayer outreach to the divine. The major detriment for successful launching of prayers is not so much vagueness as weak intention. We will still discern the yearning, the desire for betterment in some way, but the lack of specificity will indeed limit what the divine can do in answer to the prayer. If you yourselves do not fully understand your problem, we cannot exceed your perceptions in the scope of what we do in response to your outreach. This behooves you to work assiduously to learn all you can and to continue the growth and expansion through learning about the universe, how it works, your place within it, and how we must follow rules of engagement when you choose to partner with us.
A formal prayer request can be highly effective and that is the reason such prayers are used again and again, by many individuals in fact; they are time-honored because they were given great thought to begin with and written with an eye towards achieving specific goals that resonate with many people and have, down through the ages oftentimes. This is not to say they are perfect because they have a long-term history of implementation. After all, humans have been weaklings for millennia because of the encroachment of the interlopers and their depredations. So the ordinary thoughts of people when an intention is set to communicate something to the Almighty, even through a momentary whim, will launch a request and it will be heard and acted on if appropriate to do so, even if it is quite spontaneous and happens quite quickly on the spur of the moment without deep forethought and a careful analysis beforehand to be sure one is describing all the particulars of the need in question.
This does happen a lot when people think of a problem and think of us, and request assistance. It may well be quite spontaneous and, as a spur of the moment thing, relatively ill-formed. We will have a clearer understanding of what the suffering entails and its causal elements than humans, but in answering a prayer request must follow the intentions held by the one launching the prayers. So if they are largely in ignorance about their problem, its origins and the dynamics, and the consequences even, not all of which might yet be appreciated, people will be accordingly ill-prepared to make a powerful prayer request for assistance. It will lack much specificity and precision regarding the nature of the difficulty and what might be needed to forestall a worsening. So people who, in effect, make many requests to the divine on the spur of the moment might be launching prayers of less clarity and forcefulness than someone who takes great time and careful consideration to craft their prayers before launching them in a dialogue with Creator—that does not always mean they are better. Someone with a strong desire and need that is spur of the moment might launch a highly effective prayer quite informally. That might not be comprehensive, but having a powerful intention for the most important desired outcome, which is for the bad things to lift to emerge unencumbered, and that might well be all that is needed to set a true healing solution in motion.
So we would say that all prayer is worthy and there is room and benefit to make ongoing frequent spontaneous requests for assistance, as well as more measured and carefully crafted prayer requests thought about in advance, and perhaps incorporating some traditional time-honored prayers in the mix for the sake of ritual observance. That may well help by bringing a greater belief quotient to bear and may, in the end, be as good as a personalized heartfelt request done with a lot of careful preparation and even carrying a strong intention. So we cannot say one approach is superior. Both can bring effective divine intervention to bear on a problem. Among the many intangibles, it is difficult to give categorical status of preference to one versus the other. So both have their place, both can happen, and you can be reassured that both will be acted on. The key is to take prayer seriously and give it its due with respect to the inner desire for divine action in ways that help cultivate belief, both in the divine and in the self, as both are necessary for a divine response to begin with and anything done to raise the belief quotient further will assist the cause.