The relationship of a disciple with his spiritual master is as good as his relationship with the Supreme Lord. A Spiritual master always represents himself as the humblest servitor of the humblest servitor of the Personality of Godhead, but the disciple must look upon him as the manifested representation of Godhead. — Sri Caitanya Caritamrita, Adi Lila, 01.45.
If we are serious & sincere devotees, the Lord will give us the intelligence to offer prayers properly.
One should learn how to associate with the devotees of the Lord by gathering with them to chant the glories of the Lord. This process is most purifying. As devotees thus develop their loving friendship, they feel mutual happiness and satisfaction and by thus encouraging one another they are able to give up material sense grantification, which is the cause of all suffering. — Srimad Bhagavatam, 11.03.30.
Our first duty is to satisfy the spiritual master, who can arrange for the Lord's mercy. A common man must first begin to serve the spiritual master or the devotee. Then, through the mercy of the devotee, the Lord will be satisfied. Unless one receives the dust of a devotee's lotus feet on one's head, there is no possibility of advancement. Unless one approaches a pure devotee, he cannot understand the Supreme Personality of Godhead. — Sri Chaitanya caritamrita, Madhya Lila, 11.58.