- The passage keeps things simple. If you’re looking for impressive vocabulary words, lengthy sentences or in-depth literary structure, you won’t find them here. Its frame and vocabulary are as simple as the heartfelt cry of a child to his or her Father. The take-away here is that we need to avoid feeding a desire to impress God and simply talk to Him.
- The passage covers every area of the Christian lifestyle. Despite its aforementioned simplicity, its scope is amazingly broad – covering everything from glorification of God to human relationships and our own day-to-day needs to our past, our present, our future. Even better, it allows us to invite God’s involvement into every nook and cranny of our lives.
- The passage focuses more directly on God than it focuses on us. Most of us at some point have tended to pray as if it’s all about us – ourselves, our family, our friends, our foes – so let’s admit it and resolve to correct it. God absolutely wants us to bring our care and burdens to Him, but at the same time there is a higher level in prayer that brings us a unique joy. It is at this level that we set aside our to-do list and talk to God about His to-do list; for example, His will for our lives.
- Finally, keep in mind that this passage is an outline or model on which we are to base our prayers. Unless we spend time fleshing out the framework, we risk its words serving as a second-hand recitation instead of a conversation we actively and deliberately pursue. Christ Himself demonstrates this idea in His own prayer as recorded in John 17.