the our Father/Lord’s prayer in thinking about the gospel and life today

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,[a]
    but deliver us from the evil one.[b]

Matthew 6:9-13

How do we look at what the good news (which is what gospel means) in Christ, and all of life? Oftentimes we evangelicals are criticized for being navel gazers so to speak, the idea of it being all about my salvation and walk with God and management of life. And when it comes to the world at large, we are also criticized for not seeing community as more important than the individual, without bypassing any individual. I think much of the criticism is probably justified to some extent. Not that other groups don’t have their blinders on. And not that the evangelicals don’t have some strengths, because I believe we do.

But regardless of what Christian tradition we’re a part of, the Our Father/Lord’s prayer can help us get a view in keeping with the Biblical view of God’s will for us and for the world. And what is to be basic for us. It is a prayer worth repeating every Sunday as a church (the evangelical mega church where we’ve been taking our grandchildren, and probably will join does not), and every day of our lives, or at least regularly. Of course it has to be read in light of all the rest of scripture. But it is basic and formative in helping us understand what our view of the impact of the gospel and the world should be. All of this in and through Jesus.