Of course it?s okay to pray the Lord?s Prayer ? when His apostles asked Him to teach them to pray that was the prayer the Lord taught them. I am glad these words encourage your faith. Since your questions will prompt so many answers as to make this a ridiculously long response I am going to post a lecture I once gave at a British Orthodox Church day conference on prayer. I shall post it into the Education Support section of the Forum. I hope you may find something in there to help.
I do agree that Christianity is very much about a relationship with Christ our God ? but I would say that it is (or certainly should be) our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ that I experience and encounter in my Orthodox worship including the written prayers and the incense (among a great many other aspects). Jesus used written prayers of course ? including the Psalms. I will also post an article on the physical aspects of spirituality on the Education Support area for you.
Orthodox do indeed believe that God wants everyone to be saved but we also believe that He has given everyone free will ? we can choose for Him or we can choose against Him. Yes God loves everyone ? God is love. As you say though, it?s how we respond to that Love.
In fact I will try to post several pieces into the Education Support section in the hope that they are of at least a little help to you.
I have 6 DVDs with 2 lectures on each ? the first 2 lectures consider the source of the Orthodox Christian Faith and the remaining 10 work through the Creed. As you are under 18 I can hardly write here asking for your address so I can post them to you. If you are near enough to our Church at Babingley I could get a set there so you could collect them from there, if that would help?
I will try to write more in answer to your various questions though what with hospital visitation and a funeral among other things this week is going to be manically busy so please bear with me. Hopefully my postings in the Education Support area may help a little for now. I will certainly pray for you.
(Priest, British Orthodox Church)